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    Strategy Analytics has revealed some figures, cited by DigiTimes, concerning smartphone AP revenues. An AP (application processor) is basically the SoC (system-on-a-chip), also known informally as "the processor" which supports applications running in a mobile operating system environment. 20 percent increase over the previous year is what Strategy Analytics' findigs revealed for smartphone AP revenues in the first quarter of 2015. These revenues represent US$5.3 billion, and the top five spots (related to revenue) are where you find Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is one of the most controversial pieces of silicon in recent memory. The OnePlus Two is the imminent sequel to one of the best-reviewed smartphones of the past few years. And very soon the two will come together to produce one of the most anticipated products in mobile. Then it's going to get trashed in the press, because it "overheats." And then I'm going to roll my eyes so hard they get stuck. To be fair to the very smart folks who've written very smart articles on the subject, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 definitely isn't the best system-on-a-chip the company ...

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    The past few years have been rocky ones for some heavyweights in the SoC industry. It wasn't that long ago when NVIDIA was at the top of its game, and now its chips struggles to find homes. And more recently we've seen signs of trouble for Qualcomm, too, as controversy surrounds the Snapdragon 810 and companies like Samsung turn to in-house efforts for flagship handsets. With Qualcomm about to reveal its Q3 financial figures this week, new rumors suggest that the SoC-maker may be about to consider a big change to help improve its business outlook, splitting its operations as a maker of ...

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    There's no denying that Qualcomm has gained a significant amount of popularity with its mobile processors. Surely the Snapdragon 810 has gained more negative publicity than anything else, but it doesn't change the fact that Qualcomm is still the most popular brand in the department. The EU seems a little concerned with this level of popularity, and just as it question Amazon and Apple for its business practices, Qualcomm is next. In a recent statement, Qualcomm has announced that the European Commission has initiated proceedings against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing ...

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    OnePlus got the ball rolling on the pre-launch specs it was announcing for its OnePlus 2 handsets a little under a month ago as it shared news of its choice of the Snapdragon 810 for the phone's SoC. As this is probably the most controversial SoC in recent memory, the company made a point to emphasize how overheating wouldn’t be an issue for the chip, due in part to “an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2.” We've already heard about how early 810 issues were blamed on pre-production silicon, so you might have assumed that we were looking forward to another update ...

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    Founded in 1985, Qualcomm has made the processors that enable our mobile devices since it started making CDMA base stations in 1990. Since then the company has focused its attention on SoCs - systems on a chip - that are at the core of today's smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm is even taking aim at the processors that run in servers and datacenters and Snapdragon processors have even found their way into our smartwatches. Then the Snapdragon 810 was announced, and things started to go downhill - quickly. Snapdragon 810 To bring you up to speed on the Snapdragon 810 debacle, the chip ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is still a chip that can't escape its own shadow, with phone launch after phone launch haunted by tales of overheating. As we wait to see what, if anything, manufacturers are able to do about that, we're also looking forward to what's next, eagerly awaiting the first devices powered by the Snapdragon 820. Announced by Qualcomm back at MWC, the 820 is on track to power some next-generation flagships. While its commercial arrival is still some time off, we've already been hearing some rumors about what to expect form the SoC, including Samsung possibly having an ...

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    When it comes to mobile processor technology, Qualcomm has enjoyed a dominance over the space. Its Snapdragon processors at the heart of a lion’s share of mobile devices in the past couple of years, and indeed, at the heart of the mobile technology revolution. But as they say, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". Qualcomm’s vice-like grip on the large share of the smartphone pie is being called into question. They have been feeling the heat, and the devices powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor have been feeling the heat as well, quite literally. It seems like the rigors of ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is the best smartphone in the company's lineup right now, and arguably, one of the boldest smartphones in the mid-range market. Or, you could say the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a mediocre device that's trying too hard to be the best in the lower end market. Or, the ASUS ZenFone 2 sounds kinda like the other phones I talked about just now, but somewhere in between. Well, I can say that the ASUS ZenFone 2 is actually all of the above. Our Editorial Director Michael Fisher debated the merits of choosing one of two ZenFones 2 (that is the correct way to execute that plurality, ...

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    Oh Snapdragon 810, will you ever catch a break? While on paper the SoC looks like an obvious choice for bringing flagship-level performance to a new smartphone, the chip's arrival on the market has been maligned by recurrent reports of excessive operating temperatures. It seems like every few months new voices arrive to warn of the 810's thermal woes, only for others to step up and insist this really isn't a problem, and that any previous overheating issues have been addressed in the chips landing in currently available phones. Well, today Japan gets its hands on the Xperia Z4 (while the ...

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    Xiaomi is not just one of China's leading mobile device companies, but also one of the most aggressive Android OEMs when it comes to design and product focus. We've kept a close eye on all the rumors regarding the Mi 5 lately, but instead we ended up getting the Mi 4s, which did bring some welcome updates to last year's flagship. Today we learn a little more about why the Mi 5 was delayed, and the reasons seem worth it. First of all we hear that Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5 with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and that the main reason why the Mi 5 didn't reach the market this ...

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    We've seen tremendous growth, or should we say miniaturization, when it comes to mobile processors. These are still not on par with their desktop counterparts, but in a way, that's kind of the idea, as mobile phones have much different priorities than computers. We've seen leaked roadmaps of ARM's new processor architecture to come soon, and even MediaTek's roadmap into the 10-core processor, and today we learn more about Qualcomm's plans. Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new Snapdragon 818 processor that has a lot of new tricks up its sleeve. For starters, this new processor will be ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 powers some of the highest-end phones on the market right now. And while it's the silicon behind devices like the HTC One M9, Qualcomm finds its SoC behind fewer top-tier devices than it might have just one year ago. Samsung, for instance, side-stepped Qualcomm altogether with the Exynos chips in the Galaxy S6, and the new LG G4 goes with the slightly (and we mean ever-so slightly) lower-end 808. Choices like those have helped fuel rumors of problems with the 810, and specifically claims of overheating. While in the months since that kind of talk ran rampant we've come ...

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    Over the years since smartphones became a "thing", specifications have been on a continual march upward. Processors have gotten faster (from megahertz in the hundreds to gigahertz in the plural), they've also added cores (with quad- and even octa-cores being commonplace). RAM has increased from a few dozen MB to a few GB. Storage has increased. Data speeds are through the roof! One area that hasn't seen much improvement over the years is battery capacity. Though battery capacities may still be lagging, OEMs are doing the next best thing: decreasing our charge times. I'm Joe Levi with ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 may be the system-on-a-chip powering the hot new smartphones of the moment – devices like the just-launched Sony Xperia Z4 – but the next big thing is already around the corner, and early last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820. The big news for that chip sounded like it would be Qualcomm's move away from off-the-shelf Cortex A-series cores and to Qualcomm's custom Kyro microarchitecture, but we didn't have a ton of technical details at the time. As more information comes to light, there's a new report out that Qualcomm could be turning to a ...

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    By now you've heard the rumors that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC is "suffering from overheating issues". You're aware of the claims that the HTC One M9 gets "miserably hot". You've even seen what are purported to be thermal images of various devices, and the One M9 is glowing orange, ready to melt through the tabletop. But is any of it true? Tweakers.net published a very compelling image, one that (on first glance) would convince even the most vocal of naysayers. Unfortunately, it's not realistic.  The staff here at Pocketnow has used an HTC One M9 quite extensively, and on two ...

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    Cyanogen Inc. has its eye on expanding well beyond its roots as a custom ROM for tinkerers and hackers, and has spent over a year now working to get its software onto more and more commercial handsets. As it continues to grow, the firm has been looking to take on new investors, and rumors from earlier this year suggested that Microsoft could find itself becoming a major investor in Cyanogen. However, just last week we heard that this Microsoft investment would be occurring, after all. So who would end up funding Cyanogen's dreams for expansion? Today the company announces the details ...

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    One thing all of us have in common is the fact that all of our devices will eventually run out of power and need to be charged again. Doing so is a relatively simple process: plug your charging cable into a computer, wall wart, or specialty outlet - then wait. Back in the early days we had relatively small battery capacities and charging our phones didn't take too long. Today we have devices with thousands of mAh capacities that take all night to charge, but typically don't last all day! The solution from Apple and Samsung was to provide some "signaling tricks" which enabled their charges ...

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    MWC is always a great place to see the latest mobile devices, from smartwatches, to phones, to tablets and beyond. And while complete, commercial products are some of the easiest to get excited about, the expo also manages to bring us news about hot new components – the parts that aren't ready to start showing up in handsets just yet, but could be instrumental in next-generation models. Today Qualcomm had a few such developments to share with us, including a new Snapdragon processor, some advanced authentication tech, and a platform that will drive the future of its SoC lineup. That ...

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    For fans of HTC's smartphones, or even just those who appreciate some good pre-release info in general, today's proven to be an absolute treasure trove of insight into this still-unannounced handset. From still shots to video leaks, we're checking out the phone's hardware and software in ways usually reserved for launch day itself. This momentum isn't ready to break just yet, and now we turn our attention to the One M9's SoC, which Qualcomm sure seems to be teasing will be its Snapdragon 810. As you can see in the stills from Qualcomm's Vine teaser above (and in the video embedded below), ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 may be the SoC that grabs the company most of its headlines these days, mired in controversy as it is. Luckily for Qualcomm, claims of overheating and sub-optimal performance are increasingly appearing to be overblown, and we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the launch of even more 810-powered hardware at MWC 2015 in a couple weeks. But high-end is just one fraction of the SoC market, and today Qualcomm revealed what's coming next for its mid-range offerings, announcing four new SoCs for its Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series. Remember the ARM Cortex-A72 core ...

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    We've been hearing various Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating reports. If these were only tied to Samsung -- remember, Samsung is reportedly ditching Qualcomm because of this purported issue -- we'd understand that the South Korean giant is bringing an excuse in order to push its own processors (as Samsung reportedly wants to enter the SoC game). However, according to a recent report, it looks like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is actually running cooler than its 801 predecessor. The test setup includes a device available on the market running Snapdragon 801 on Full HD display, and a ...

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    Did someone at Qualcomm break a mirror? Accidentally splash a vengeful fortune-teller with their car and are now suffering the fallout of a hex? Because despite finding its chips in some of the hottest mobile devices around, the company seems to be having some very public bad luck as of late. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC is still mired in bad PR over reports of overheating (despite recent efforts to convince us the whole issue is overblown), and today we learn of a massive fine China just handed to the company over allegations of antitrust violations. More than just paying for chips ...

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    When talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, it used to be that we were asking ourselves whether or not to believe rumors that the chip was a piece of junk, prone to overheating and generally not performing up to par. But as phone manufacturers like LG step up to stand behind the 810, while others like Samsung appear to be turning their backs on the SoC, the more appropriate question may be “is the 810 actually a bad chip, or is it just getting bad PR?” Qualcomm seems determined to do something about the beating the 810's getting in the press, and today released a statement that ...

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    The he-said-she-said rumor war over reported problems with Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 810 SoC is starting to feel like it's going to keep on going until 810-based phones are finally in the hands of consumers and we can start putting this SoC through its paces. And with LG set to release G Flex 2 sales upon South Korea as of tomorrow, that day should be here soon enough. But until it arrives, we've got at least one more twist on this story to bring your way, as LG expands upon earlier comments it made about the 810's performance. Just about one week ago an LG exec made some public ...

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