Qualcomm Stories May 16

Qualcomm has confirmed, at least via its social media, that there will be a launch event this Friday, May 20, to launch a new Snapdragon chipset.

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Qualcomm Stories May 11

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus tipped to arrive with other Qualcomm chips later this month

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has powered some of 2022’s best smartphones, but it seems an evolution on that chip is incoming. According to a new report, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is finally getting a release date later this month.

Qualcomm Stories March 2

Qualcomm has long dominated the Android smartphone market, but it seems times are changing. It’s possible that MediaTek has taken the top slot in the US from Qualcomm, and the IDC says that Google Tensor is at least partially to blame for Qualcomm losing its seat.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series is usually the first thought when it comes to what powers an Android phone in the US, but it seems times are changing. According to a new report, MediaTek processors are now the most common chips found in Android phones sold in the US — Qualcomm disagrees.

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Qualcomm Stories February 22

Qualcomm’s current flagship chip for wearables pales in comparison to what Samsung offers, but that could soon change. A new report today revealed details about the Snapdragon Wear 5100 and 5100+ that Qualcomm previously telegraphed was coming.

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Qualcomm Stories February 18

Qualcomm rumored to be adding AV1 support with next flagship Snapdragon chip

Google is a big proponent of the open AV1 video codec, especially on the YouTube and streaming device front. On Android, Qualcomm is a notable holdout and has so far not supported AV1 on its Snapdragon chips, but that might be changing this year.

Qualcomm Stories December 1, 2021

Qualcomm’s latest Chromebook chip is the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 with up to 60% CPU boost

After announcing its flagship mobile and gaming processor, Qualcomm today unveiled the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 for “entry-tier” Chromebooks.

In addition to the latest smartphone and laptop SoCs, Qualcomm today announced the “Snapdragon G3x Gen 1” as a “purpose-built” Android gaming chip that will debut on a handheld developer kit built by Razer.

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Qualcomm Stories November 30, 2021

Qualcomm’s next chip for flagship smartphones in 2022 is the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.” It’s the first chip to use the company’s new branding and naming system.

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Qualcomm Stories November 22, 2021

Qualcomm is set to announce its next chip that will power the flagship devices of 2022 in two weeks. Ahead of that, Qualcomm announced a rebrand of “Snapdragon” that includes a new naming scheme and visual system.

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Qualcomm Stories November 17, 2021

Google’s Pixel 6 series brings some of the first flagship Android phones in years to ship with non-Qualcomm processors, and the same applies to the modem. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro utilize a modem from Samsung, and a new analysis shows that there’s a considerable gap in performance as a result.

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Qualcomm Stories November 1, 2021

Qualcomm to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years, aims for net zero by 2040

One of the world’s largest chip makers, Qualcomm, has just announced a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions drastically over the next several years, with a goal of hitting net zero by 2040.

Qualcomm Stories October 15, 2021

Google announced in August that its next smartphone, the Pixel 6, would switch to an in-house chip design called Tensor, ending a lineup that was powered exclusively by Qualcomm chips. Now, as the launch approaches, Qualcomm is throwing a bit of shade at Google Tensor on Twitter with arguably the worst meme format in recent memory.

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Qualcomm Stories October 13, 2021

Nothing partners with Qualcomm on future ‘tech ecosystem’ using Snapdragon chips

Fresh off the launch of the Nothing ear(1) Bluetooth earbuds, Carl Pei’s startup has now confirmed a strategic partnership with US chipmaker Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Stories September 1, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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.

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