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    Qualcomm went official with its 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC all the way back in April. The octa-core chip with its Adreno 430 GPU will feature in its first dev hardware in just a couple weeks, while rumors are already looking forward to its presence in anticipated 2015 flagships. As we await the 810's arrival, some interesting new details about the chip's performance are surfacing, though they're tempered by separate rumors of hardware problems and possible shortages. First up, that technical note: the 810's clock speed has just been revealed. Mobile SoCs have done a decent job in recent ...

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    It's rarely good news when we start a story out with the caveat “you won't be buying this hardware,” but every once in a while some very much not-consumer-focused gear becomes available that's just so mouth-watering, we can't help ourselves but to share it with you. Back in April we took a look at Qualcomm's tablet development platform to highlight its then-new Snapdragon 805. Now it's time for the next generation of that hardware to emerge, as both a smartphone and tablet dev model packing Snapdragon 810 chips emerge. Let's start with the phone, which at 6.2 inches is indisputably in ...

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    Why is it so hard to make a phone that just works everywhere? There are only so many wireless standards, and so many frequency bands, so why isn't there a phone that can do it all? Sure, we see some models that really make a good show of delivering a handset with broad international support, but the days of separate US and European versions of the same phones continue. But what if we told you that some of these seemingly restricted phones were secretly super-charged global roamers, just waiting to be activated? That's what some devs are working on now, as they bring enhanced band support ...

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    Display panels on smartphones and tablets keep getting more and more pixels, pack those pixels into denser and denser areas, and have even broke free of the 2D plane for some wrap-around curved action. But for all these advancements, sometimes progress just doesn't seem to move quickly enough in one of the most important areas: power consumption. We've been teased by the promise of super-low-power displays utilizing new technologies for years, like the interferometric panel on the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, but issues with practicality have largely kept the phone and tablet race to an LCD ...

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    While processors admittedly aren't the most interesting part of mobile devices these days – though many obsess over them – they are the brains behind the functioning of handsets, and thus a critical component of our smartphones. When it comes to low-end phones, one of the places cost-reducing measures are taken is the processor, with there routinely being a lack of LTE support and other such things at this kind of price point. So that's why the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, announced just today, has piqued our interest: it brings LTE, in addition to a host of other features, to low-end ...

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    At this point, with so many IFA 2014 product launches out of the way, it's starting to become very clear which devices we just aren't going to see announced. Yes, rumors did an excellent job this year at predicting what we'd see debut, but not every thread has led somewhere fruitful. In the days leading up to the expo, we heard about HTC's rumored smartwatch plans, with the company supposedly working on a pair of models that would arrive this month. So why hasn't there been a peep about these at IFA? According to a new source, it's because HTC has ended up getting cold feet, and has ...

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    It was not too long ago that we saw the HTC Desire 820 go official and rounded up its specs, and now it's hands-on time. We've checked out the 64-bit processor, the 5.5-inch HD screen, the BoomSound speakers, the powerful 8MP selfie cam, and the everything else. And it's all available right down for you below in our HTC Desire 820 hands-on video. One of the most unique features of the Desire 820 is the 64-bit architecture afforded by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system-on-a-chip. As we mentioned, there's a 720p display that's big and bold, and the media experience is rounded out by the ...

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    HTC has just gone official with the Desire 820, so it's time to look inside what claims to be the heir to the Desire 816's throne. Can it stack up on paper? We've laid the full list of specs out for you down below in a complete HTC Desire 820 specs list. The Desire 820 has seen bumps up in what look to be all the right places, but we can't give you the final word on that until HTC lends us a review unit and we can put it to the test in our labs. Stay tuned for hands-on coverage of this phone and other IFA announcements throughout the course of the day, and be sure to check in with all of ...

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    The Desire 816 was quite successful as a midranger for HTC, racking up plenty of sales overseas and earning praise in our full review of it – we called it a "mid-tier phone with flagship DNA," so a successor naturally has us intrigued. The HTC Desire 820 has gone official today as a 64-bit Android, and it's looking to set "a new benchmark for mid-range smartphones." With an 8MP front-facing camera in tow, the Desire 820 is one sweet smartphone when it comes to (front-firing) imaging capabilities. There are camera features that make interesting use of this, like real-time Live Makeup and ...

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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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    Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of BlackBerry putting together a smartphone around the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC, making it a 64-bit octa-core powerhouse. The thing was, those rumors were seriously forward-looking, far more than usual, and described this hardware not launching until well over a year from now. However, a new source is now talking about a much earlier embrace of 64-bit chips, and claims that a BlackBerry handset featuring such a processor could launch as soon as September of this year. Right away, that has us wondering if we're talking about ...

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