Qualcomm Stories September 1

The next generation of Wear OS demands more power than previous versions, which means new chips are also in order. Qualcomm is supposedly bringing the “Snapdragon 5100” to market in the not too distant future, but some new details hint that it might be a relatively minor upgrade.

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Qualcomm Stories August 25

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 successor tipped to include a major GPU upgrade

While Google may be focusing on its own designs for a flagship chipset this year, the rest of the Android world will almost surely still be turning to Qualcomm. This week, a new bit of information regarding the next Qualcomm 800-series chip, possibly the “Snapdragon 898,” is teasing a big GPU upgrade.

Qualcomm Stories August 3

Snapdragon Wear 5100 in the works, according to Qualcomm code

Qualcomm appears to be preparing a Snapdragon Wear 5100 chip to power the next generation of Wear OS watches.

Qualcomm Stories August 2

Qualcomm stock dips following Pixel 6 ‘Tensor’ reveal, teases future collaboration w/ Google

The Android smartphone market, especially in the US, has long been dominated by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. As Google confirmed that its next flagship Pixel would use its own “Tensor” chipsets, Qualcomm was quick to confirm it wasn’t done working on Pixels.

Qualcomm Stories July 20

As Wear OS prepares its huge overhaul, it’s still unclear what the future holds for current Snapdragon Wear chips. Qualcomm, though, isn’t ending its efforts, and today announced that new Snapdragon Wear chips are coming over the next year or so.

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Qualcomm Stories July 8

Qualcomm announced a “Snapdragon Insiders” community program for chip enthusiasts back in March. In a rather surprising turn of events, Qualcomm is now releasing a device called the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” in partnership with Asus.

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Qualcomm Stories June 28

Following the cadence of previous years, Qualcomm at MWC 2021 announced the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G as a “follow-on” to the chip found in this year’s flagship smartphones.

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Qualcomm Stories June 17

Following its I/O 2021 announcement, there’s a lot of excitement around Google’s revamped Wear OS update set to be released in the fall, but there’s also a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds for products currently on the market. This week, though, Qualcomm is claiming that not only its newer Snapdragon 4100 chips, but also its Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip will be able to handle the new Wear OS.

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Qualcomm Stories June 4

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 replacement reportedly set to adopt 4nm process, other upgrades

We’re still at least a few months out from a new flagship chip from Qualcomm, but a recent leak is pointing to the company’s plans for a Snapdragon 888 replacement and a 4nm process being used to build it.

Qualcomm Stories May 24

Google and Qualcomm partner to bring faster neural network updates to Android users

The news slipped through the cracks last week with the madness that was I/O 2021, but Google had another notable announcement. Starting with future versions of Android, Google and Qualcomm will offer a faster way to roll out neural network updates to Android users on Snapdragon chips.

Qualcomm Stories May 20

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G is yet another option for 5G in mid-range devices

Qualcomm just announced another addition to its popular Snapdragon 700-series of chipsets. Starting this year, you’ll see phones powered by the Snapdragon 778G.

Qualcomm Stories May 12

Samsung Galaxy A52, A72 launches reportedly stifled by global chip shortage

The most popular Android smartphones in the world are reportedly facing an obstacle. Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are, according to a new report, victims of the ongoing pandemic-spurred global chip shortage.

Qualcomm Stories May 10

Late last week, news broke of a Qualcomm modem vulnerability that carried some series implications for Android devices. Good news for Samsung users, though. Apparently, Samsung has been rolling out a fix for this Qualcomm security issue for a while now.

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Qualcomm Stories March 25

Qualcomm is the name of the game in the Android flagship market, but as top-end chips became more expensive, the 700 series became an alternative of choice for many. Today, Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 780G, a sequel to the Snapdragon 765G that delivers a big performance gain.

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Qualcomm Stories March 23

Chipmakers do not have a strong track record of selling hardware directly to consumers. That’s not stopping Qualcomm with a report today describing plans to create an Android-powered Nintendo Switch.

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Qualcomm Stories March 12

Even a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects are still being felt. Over the past few months, especially, a worldwide shortage of the chips that power connected devices has left various silicon components in limited supply. Now, it seems the chip shortage is affecting Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm Stories March 8

Details and specifications of the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 chipset have supposedly leaked with this upper mid-range chipset being a direct successor to the Snapdragon 765.

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Qualcomm Stories February 23

The gold standard of smartphone haptics has — unfortunately — been Apple and the Taptic Engine for years at this stage. We’ve seen great improvements from the likes of Google, Oppo, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, but Qualcomm and Lofelt have now partnered with the express aim to “bring advanced haptics to the Android ecosystem.”

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Qualcomm Stories January 19

Last year’s Snapdragon 865 series of flagship chips has been replaced by the Snapdragon 888, but it turns out Qualcomm isn’t done with its 800 series just yet. As an alternative to the top-end chip, the Snapdragon 870 is coming this year, and it’s already confirmed for quite a few devices.

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Qualcomm Stories January 11

Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is larger and faster, probably debuting in Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21 reveal event is just a few days away, and today Qualcomm might have given us a preview of one piece of that phone’s hardware with its latest in-display fingerprint sensor, which is both larger and faster.

Qualcomm Stories January 4

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 480 chip w/ integrated 5G modem

Qualcomm made a major push — for better or for worse — to put 5G in the hands of as many customers as possible in 2020 and that mission is extending into 2021. Today, the Snapdragon 480 chip was announced as the new lowest barrier of entry to 5G support.

Qualcomm Stories December 29, 2020

For the first time in MediaTek’s history, the Taiwanese firm surpassed Qualcomm in terms of sales of devices utilizing their chipsets in Q3 2020.

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Qualcomm Stories December 16, 2020

Today, Pixel phones and the top Samsung devices are guaranteed to get three years of major software upgrades. Working with Qualcomm, Google is now making it feasible for Android devices to get 4 OS versions and years of security updates.

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While Qualcomm takes headlines for having multiple top-tier mobile CPUs, the firm’s latest chipset — the Snapdragon 678 — is a more modest affair.

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Qualcomm Stories December 2, 2020

Qualcomm is the name of the game when it comes to high-end Android smartphones, and today we’re getting the first details on what’s next. For 2021, the processor we’ll see in many major Android phones will be the Snapdragon 888.

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Qualcomm Stories November 16, 2020

Qualcomm has now been granted a temporary license to sell 4G-enabled chips to Huawei, which may help alleviate some pressure exerted by the US on the Chinese firm in lieu of other trade sanctions.

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Qualcomm Stories September 22, 2020

In August, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 732G and later teased that 5G was coming to its 4-series next year. Qualcomm is now ending the month by announcing the Snapdragon 750G. 

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Qualcomm Stories September 3, 2020

At IFA 2020, Qualcomm is making two announcements related to the Android space. The first is about bringing 5G to even more affordable devices, while Qualcomm today announced Adaptive ANC.

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Qualcomm Stories August 31, 2020

The Snapdragon 730G got a high-profile launch with the Pixel 4a earlier this month. Qualcomm today announced a “follow-on” to that chip with the Snapdragon 732G.

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Qualcomm Stories July 27, 2020

Wireless charging’s convenience is unmatched, but the fastest way to power up remains through a cable. Qualcomm today is announcing Quick Charge 5 with a slew of speed and safety enhancements.

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Qualcomm Stories July 8, 2020

Similar to last year, Qualcomm’s flagship mobile chip is getting a mid-cycle “Plus” variant. The Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G offers three main performance enhancements and will power the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion in the coming months.

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Qualcomm Stories June 16, 2020

Back in December, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 for 2020’s flagship phones, while the 765 helps bring the marquee 5G features to another tier of phones. The chipmaker today unveiled the Snapdragon 690 to bring 5G to even more mid-range phones.

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Qualcomm Stories May 11, 2020

Qualcomm has officially unveiled its latest 5G-enabled chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 768G.

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Qualcomm Stories March 26, 2020

Qualcomm’s new chips for truly wireless earbuds promise active noise cancellation

Truly wireless earbuds have exploded in popularity, delivering convenience, excellent features, and often excellent sound at different price points. Now, Qualcomm has new chips for truly wireless earbuds that promise better battery life and active noise cancellation.

Qualcomm Stories March 23, 2020

Google Play GPU driver updates in development for Pixel 4, S10, and Note 10

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm last December announced that it would update GPU drivers through the Play Store. At the Google for Games Developer Summit today, both companies provided an update on the effort, including how the Pixel 4 will be one of the first devices to see GPU updates.

Qualcomm Stories February 25, 2020

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 was announced last year, and so far, it’s only shown up in a few different smartphones including Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series. In the next month or two, though, a lot more Snapdragon 865 phones are on the way, and now, Qualcomm is teasing just how many.

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Qualcomm Stories January 21, 2020

Qualcomm unveils 4G-only Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 chipsets

Qualcomm has launched three brand new 4G-only chips aimed at improving connectivity in areas where 5G adoption is likely to be low. The brand new Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 chips offer faster 4G internet speeds with extended hardware features.

Qualcomm Stories December 5, 2019

PUBG Mobile to add 90fps support on high-refresh rate displays, 10-bit HDR

The reveal of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 has brought a few interesting tidbits of related news and today, it’s also giving new information about the hit game PUBG Mobile. Apparently, thanks in part to the Snapdragon 865, PUBG Mobile will soon be adding 90fps support.

Qualcomm Stories December 4, 2019

Qualcomm flew me out and put me up in Maui, Hawaii to sit through a couple keynotes about its new smartphone chips, so here I am telling you about their new smartphone chips. The company announced the Snapdragon 865 and 765 yesterday, and today they detailed them in full. Here’s pretty much everything you need to know about the former — the flagship chip… expand full story

It’s day one of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, and we’re on the ground on Wailea, Maui, Hawaii to bring you all the latest. We’ll have coverage throughout the week. If you’d prefer to get the word directly from the mouth of the beast as well, you can stream the main keynotes every day this week — Tuesday through Thursday.

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Qualcomm Stories December 3, 2019

Qualcomm unveils new ‘3D Sonic Max’ fingerprint sensor that’s… a lot bigger

Qualcomm has today announced its latest fingerprint sensor, the 3D Sonic Max. This fingerprint sensor is the followup to last year’s 3D Sonic Sensor, and the most important thing that makes it different from last year’s model is that it’s… a lot bigger — 17 times bigger to be exact.

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Qualcomm Stories October 28, 2019

It’s very clear at this point that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset wasn’t the savior that Wear OS needed in the hardware department. However, we’re now learning more about Qualcomm’s next chipset for Wear OS, and the “Snapdragon Wear 3300” could be a pretty big improvement.

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Qualcomm Stories September 6, 2019

The Pixel 4 leaks keep flowing, but in some of today’s other stories, we’ve got new earbuds from Nokia, news regarding next year’s 5G, and more.

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Qualcomm Stories July 15, 2019

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 powers the majority of the flagship Android smartphones on the market today, but for the second half of the year, it’s getting a slight revision. The new Snapdragon 855 Plus promises a bit more power overall, as well as bringing a faster GPU for phones coming out in late 2019.

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Qualcomm Stories July 9, 2019

One of the biggest problems that Google’s Wear OS faces is the hardware it’s running on. Essentially since its debut in 2014, almost every smartwatch has run on old hardware. Even the Snapdragon Wear 3100 released just last year reused the same core design from a 2013 chip. Now, though, Qualcomm appears to be preparing a new Snapdragon Wear chip, possibly called the “429” for future Wear OS hardware.

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Qualcomm 215 brings performance and battery gains for affordable smartphones

Qualcomm powers a huge number of Android smartphones, including those that cost very little to consumers. Today, the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform has gone official, and it promises some major gains for ultra-affordable smartphones.

Qualcomm Stories June 28, 2019

Chromium development work has commenced on a second Chromebook powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, under the dragon-related codename “Trogdor.”

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