For some time now, speculation has been rife with regards to Apple experimenting with a form of under-display fingerprint reading technology, and understandably, some industry watchers were fully expecting the tech giant to debut this tech in an upcoming iPhone offering. But surprisingly, Vivo, a phone maker from China, has beaten Apple to the punch.
Sprint, as well as its parent company SoftBank and tech partner Qualcomm, have revealed that they are pooling their resources and expertise in order to develop 5G related technologies, including the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) New Radio (NR) standard in Band 41 (2.5 GigaHertz) for accelerated wide scale roll outs of 5G networks. The three brands have also announced their plans to start launching commercial 5G services and even mobile devices by the second half of 2019.
Qualcomm’s newest processor offerings -- the Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 630 -- will make midrange smartphone devices capture significantly better images and enjoy longer battery lives, plus allow for enhanced connection quality and speeds over LTE or Wi-Fi. The new Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 chips are upgrades to the Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 625, respectively.
In the world of tech, old school does not necessarily mean new cool, but this year sometimes feels like an exception. Perhaps a recent example is the introduction (or more accurately, re-introduction) of Nokia's 3310 -- while it is true that it has been updated, the device has stayed true to its dumb phone roots. And there is nothing wrong with that choice -- sure, feature phones may not be as powerful as most of today’s smartphones, but they are not as delicate, and their batteries can last for a week.
A user of the Weibo mobile chat app has posted an alleged screenshot of the settings menu of HTC’s upcoming smartphone, the HTC 11, and it appears that the Taiwan based phone maker’s latest handset offering will be taking full advantage of the capabilities of Qualcomm’s newest and mightiest chip, the Snapdragon 835.
The second biggest seller of smartphone devices in the world is filing a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm over patent royalties. And it is not just Apple going after the chip maker giant -- a few days ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also sued Qualcomm, accusing the company of anticompetitive practices.
In the lawsuit it filed, the iPhone maker claims that Qualcomm is unfairly demanding overwhelming royalties for technologies, some of which the processor manufacturer did not even develop in the first place, like Apple’s Touch ID. According to Apple, Qualcomm has overcharged it billions of dollars through an illegal scheme, and Apple is now seeking damages of nearly $1 billion.
Say hello to Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s newest chip, and probably its mightiest yet. The company showcased its latest processor offering this week during the Consumer Electronics Show being held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, and it is already starting to generate some buzz. The chip is said to allow phone makers to produce even smaller and more lightweight handsets, and at the same time, power virtual reality headsets and even augmented reality gadgets.
Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
This piece of news may not sit well with Qualcomm (or for that matter, Qualcomm fans). As reported by Bloomberg, selected editions of Apple’s next flagship devices will be fitted with an Intel wireless chip, as opposed to one built by Qualcomm. According to Bloomberg’s sources, iPhone devices for the Chinese mobile market will likely retain their Qualcomm processors, as well as those models for Verizon Wireless.
It is a good bet that when you take any smartwatch that runs on the Android Wear operating system, it will feature one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 series of processors. Not many people may know this, but apart from being the foremost supplier of chip sets for mobile devices, Qualcomm also has done a pretty good job in producing processors for smartwatches. The company’s dominance in that regard is about to continue with its latest announcement.
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