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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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    Where are BlackBerry smartphones going from here? We've heard that hardware keyboard should be getting some more attention, and there's been recent talk about introducing some models this year with modern quad-core SoCs. Now one rumor attempts to look even further out, and claims that BlackBerry is planning to develop a handset around the still-unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994. The MSM8994, based on what's been revealed in leaks, looks to be a beast of a chip. It would be a 64-bit component, apparently with eight processing cores, and would feature a new Adreno 430 GPU. We're ...

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    Last year, we were lucky to hear about developments in the Tizen world maybe once or twice a month. But the arrival of 2014 has really seen Tizen taking on a higher profile, and as we anticipate the coming launch of its first commercial hardware, more and more Tizen news has been coming out of the woodwork. Yesterday we checked out a possible render of a Tizen handset, though we had a few reservations about just how legitimate it might be. Today we follow that up with an in-the-wild shot of some more Tizen hardware, and this time with a lot more certainty that we're looking at the real ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmation that there are no plans to merge OS X with iOS in the near future. Motorola follows the news as the Moto X is going to be on Sale this Monday, January 27th, and the deal is very good. HTC is next as those of you expecting Android 4.4 KitKat on your US variants may see the update in the next coming days. The Google Nexus 5 follows as we get new leaks of the phone in red. We end today's show talking about Qualcomm and how it just acquired Palm's patents from HP. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple puts the ...

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    Looks like the history of Palm isn't over yet, after the company has been purchased by HP in 2010. It looks like Palm is changing hands once again, as now, according to an official press release, Qualcomm is acquiring it from HP, alongside others, including a patent portfolio consisting of around 1,400 granted and pending patents from the US, and 1,000 more from other countries. The chip-maker's move comes almost a year after webOS has been sold by HP to LG. In addition, Qualcomm also purchased IPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP, but the Palm move brings Adam Doud's editorial into the ...

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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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    NVIDIAs newest SoC, the Tegra K1, made waves at CES 2014 when it was announced to have 192 cores! Alas, they're graphics cores, not processor cores. Another chip maker has some news out of CES as well! What does Qualcomm has in store for us in 2014? What cool new things can its chips do? Here's all you need to know about Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons: the 410, 602A, 802, and 805. Here's a hint: TVs, cars, and 64-bit are on their way! Smart Cars Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 powers some of this year's older phones, such as the HTC One. However, since the 600 isn't the highest-end ...

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    When Motorola's Moto X first launched, I remember not being too enthusiastic about the phone's “Touchless Control” feature – the ability that, among other things, let the user interact with the handset using voice commands even when the phone was in standby mode. I think a lot of my objection at the time was formed around a knee-jerk reaction to what seemed to me (at least on first glance) a pretty unsavory idea: that of your phone perpetually monitoring what you say. But in the months that have followed, I've found myself softening to Touchless Control – especially because I'm ...

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    A Qualcomm employee might, or might not have said the following, as reported by HubSpot: "The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut. Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It’s not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won’t benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it’s like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it". There's an entire story at Qualcomm referring to the Apple A7 chip. An executive initially called the chipset a marketing gimmick with zero benefits; the executive was later reassigned, and the company ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.4.2 update that just reached Nexus devices, and why it's important. We then go through some of the issues that are haunting Lumia customers due to a bug in the Nokia Camera app. Qualcomm follows the news as its new Snapdragon 410 processor was just announced with 64-bit architecture. We then talk about our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and our chance to win a nomination for a Stitcher award. We end today's show talking about the Google Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, aside from the new and white Google Nexus 7. All this ...

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    We all remember the Qualcomm executive calling Apple's A7 64-bit chip a gimmick, after which he was reassigned. Gimmick or not, the company that just recently announced its Snapdragon 805 SoC is now announcing the Snapdragon 410, "the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing", as described by Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. The Snapdragon 410 also has integrated 4G LTE World Mode, as well as the Adreno 306 GPU for 1080p video ...

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    The latest and greatest in mobile processors available today is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. Able to run four cores at 2.3Ghz, process multiple high-definition streams at once, and leap tall buildings in a single bound, the 800 is the processor that you want in your phone today -- regardless of who makes it or what operating system it runs. Curiously, with high-end flagships just starting to arrive with this super-powerhouse of a processor inside, we started to hear rumblings that Qualcomm may have been working on an update to the Snapdragon 800 processor. It turns out that the rumors ...

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    Last week, we saw Qualcomm take off its SoC-maker hat for a moment and try on the role of accessory manufacturer, announcing the coming availability of its Toq smartwatch. While the $350 Toq is certainly more expensive than almost all of its smartwatch competition, it offers something the others don't: a display using advanced interferometric tech to form its image, letting it save enough power to make always-on operation a reality. We were told to expect the watch to go up for sale in one more week, on December 2, but it looks like Qualcomm couldn't help but let things loose a little ...

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    The Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 800 processor is the one to beat today, and it powers top phones, delivering fast performance, fluid user experience, and all of the features that make us smile when ready the specs and playing with gadgets powered by it. However, Qualcomm just made it the second best SoC out there, after the company announced the successor, the Snapdragon 805 SoC. The Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor consists of four Krait 450 cores clocked as high as 2.5GHz each; 25.6 GB/second is the transfer rate at which it communicates with the memory, and the CPU is helped by an ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new update to the Windows Phone search app that many have waited for the longest time. We later talk about Android, some leaks to its source code, and some possible updates that include RAW photo support, along with a new API. Qualcomm follows the news as the company has just released a smartwatch that's being dubbed the Toq. Apple follows the news as the company has just released iOS 7.1 beta to developers. We end today's show talking about the iPad mini With Retina Display, some complaints about its color reproduction, and what to ...

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