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    Smartphones with 64-bit SoCs are already here, and someday they'll almost certainly outnumber phones built around 32-bit components. But between now and then there's a huge gap, and it's one that manufacturers have been slow to cross. Apple may have its 64-bit SoCs in full swing, but companies like Qualcomm have been taking their time; the firm announced basic 64-bit chips last year, and even some higher-end ones this year, but we've yet to see them make their way into phones (at least, finished models). Now a newly leaked roadmap attempts to spell out what's next for the company, ...

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    There's a fight going on right now, one that's been waging for years, over who really controls our smartphones. When you buy a phone, are you just purchasing the right to use it within the constraints the manufacturer lays out, or should you have the ability to do whatever you like on it, going so far as to install alternate operating systems? Buried within the software that powers our phones is the bootloader, the code that acts as the gatekeeper; unlocked, you can basically do as you please, but locked-down and you're at the whim of the OEM. To their credit, many manufacturers have been ...

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    Last fall, we saw chipmaker Qualcomm announce its first 64-bit Snapdragon SoC, the Snapdragon 410. Just a few months following Apple's launch of the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit A7 SoC of its own, Android fans were eager to learn when 64-bit capabilities would come to their platform, and Qualcomm seemed eager to provide the answer. In the time since then, we've seen Qualcomm announce additional 64-bit SoCs, but we're still waiting for that trailblazing 410 to show up in a commercial device – word back then was that the first might arrive in the second half of 2014. As we near that point, ...

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    "In the past, Qualcomm would just offer the chips and the manufacturer would do the whole device", said David Tokunaga, one of Qualcomm's senior directors in product management. Chip manufacturers, however, in order to increase their own business, are helping out their own customers (smartphone makers). They do that by offering an entire package of services, instead of just a product (the chip). "Now we offer a whole hardware ecosystem that makes it very easy for customers to just plug and play what they want", added Tokunaga. Reuters reports that chip manufacturers are also helping ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Qualcomm and how the company gives us all the cool details to expect from the Snapdragon 805 processor. Samsung is next as we talk about the company's progress to Android 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 on its existing devices. Samsung follows as we go through new rumors of the company building a new type of smartwatch with a different design. LG follows as reports talk about a 2TB microSD compatible card slot on the G3. We end today's show talking about the rumors of Apple building a Smart Home platform for a WWDC 2014 launch. All this and more after the ...

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    Surely one very cool feature that we find on the HTC One M8, is the phone's Duo-Camera system, which can not only create some neat effects with your shots, but can also allow developers to do something with this feature as well. Still, if you thought that this is simply a matter of snapping two cameras on a phone, that's not really the case. The One M8 uses some unique software and hardware techniques to pull this off, and Qualcomm wants to bring this to more OEMs. Qualcomm's senior director for cameras and imaging, Tim Yates  has just announced that the company is working on bringing ...

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    For the moment, Apple has a head-start on Android when it comes to 64-bit chips in its phones, having introduced the iPhone 5S with the A7 SoC last summer. Since then, we've been waiting to see that inevitable Android response, but progress has been slow; Qualcomm announced the 64-bit Snapdragon 410 back in December, but devices running the chip aren't yet available. And Intel's been working on 64-bit solutions of its own, but we're similarly still looking for such products to hit retail shelves. While we patiently await such hardware, chipmakers are continuing to refine designs, and today ...

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    Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 805 all the way back in November, and we're still waiting for it to show up in commercial hardware. Rumors have suggested that Pantech might be first to take advantage of the 805 with its Vega Iron 2, but that's not yet confirmed. When will we actually be able to get our hands on this advanced silicon? Well, it's clearly not a consumer-focused product, but a Snapdragon-805-based Mobile Development Platform Tablet is set to become available for devs in just a few weeks. A couple years back we looked at an earlier MDP/T, when Qualcomm was then introducing ...

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    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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    Being able to talk to your phone, issuing voice commands while it's sitting around in its low power sleep mode, is a feature that really came to prominence last year with the launch of the Motorola Moto X. But while the Moto X gave it wings, the DSP hardware that can be used of to pull off such a trick is present on plenty of other handsets – just yesterday, we looked at an unofficial effort to bring the ability to the Nexus 5. There, it's the Snapdragon 800 offering that low power DSP – a chip we just heard confirmed for the upcoming OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone. OnePlus has been ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how AT&T is now teasing the Asus PadFone X, and what this means for the product in the US market. We then talk about the all-new HTC One, and what to expect from its special dual cameras. Que focus later on the Snapdragon 800, and how a developer figured out how to allow an "always listening" feature, like on the Moto x. Apple vs Samsung follow as we talk about how the lawsuit is really focused on stripping Samsung from making smartphone profits. Then we end today's show talking about iOS 8 and even iOS 9, aside from the rumors of the ...

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    Voice control for smartphones really started hitting the mainstream with the introduction of Siri, and since then we've seen it expand to address new platforms (like the forthcoming launch of Cortana for WP8.1) and offer new abilities, like the Touchless Control always-listening mode offered by Motorola's Moto X. While it was cool to see the Moto X pull off such a trick, we were left scratching our heads as to why dozens more Androids couldn't do the same. After all, such functionality was teased as one of the Snapdragon 800's abilities long before the chip ever saw the light of day. So ...

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    Sony just debuted a handful of new Xperia models, and while reading up on the changes, one detail might have caught your eye: both the Z2 and Z2 Tablet run Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 SoC. The 800 we're well familiar with from recent flagships, and last fall we saw Qualcomm announce the 805, but what's all this 801 business? Qualcomm officially announced the 801 at the MWC this morning, but it turns out that this is one chip we've already had on our radar. Let's back up for a moment: the Snapdragon 800 so many of us know and love is Qualcomm's MSM8974 – and specifically, the MSM8974-AA ...

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    Yesterday we saw the LG G2 Mini get confirmed, but the announcement was a little odd. We didn't see a formal press release from LG, and though it was clear we were dealing with official information, there were a few holes in the specifics. For instance, while we learned that the phone wasn't going to get the Snapdragon 800 that had been rumored, we didn't learn specifically which SoC would power the handset – all we knew was that it was a 1.2GHz quad-core chip. As it turns out, the situation's slightly more complicated than that, and today we hear about three different versions of the G2 ...

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    Plenty of mobile companies have been sending out invites to their MWC events, where over the next week or so, they'll share their latest smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets. Then there's HTC, which may be preparing to launch The All New One, but not quite yet – the company's late March event is still over a month away. Does that mean that we've no hope of learning about any new HTC gear at MWC? Don't count the company out just yet, as a new report claims that HTC may bring a whole bunch of wearables to the show – the only question is whether or not we'll get to see any. ...

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