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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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    Smartwaches, whether you like them or not, are the next big thing, and everyone apparently wants to be in the game. Qualcomm announced today that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, will make the Toq smartwatch available on December 2, which coincides with Cyber Monday. The Toq smartwatch offers Android smartphone compatibility and features Qualcomm's own Mirasol display technology. Aside from the "always-on" display, the gadget also features Qualcomm WiPower LE technology which enables "a hassle-free, true "drop and go" wireless charging experience", as well as stereo ...

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    There are still a few months left to go in the year, but it already feels safe to say that we've had a pretty decent showing of SoCs this year. While NVIDIA failed to attract much attention with its Tegra 4, Qualcomm has absolutely been knocking the ball out of the park, and you'll find Snapdragon chips at the heart of most of this year's hottest handsets. That's spelled great things for currently available models, but where do we go from here? As we look forward to 2014 and the chip announcements that will come with it, we're hearing a little about what Qualcomm's been working on – ...

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    Just so we're all on the same page, a System on a Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit which combines all the core components of an electronic system into a single chip. Depending on its use, it might include digital, analog, and mixed-signal processing, and typically includes various radio-frequency functionality. Blah blah blah. It's the chip that powers your phone or tablet. Got it? Good, let's get into the really interesting stuff! SoCs are made by manufacturers including (but certainly not limited to) Intel, Texas Instruments, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and more. Today's industry ...

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    “I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that”, said Qualcomm’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher, with regards to the new Apple A7 chip running on 64 bits inside the iPhone 5S. There are split opinions out there concerning the chip itself, but it looks like Qualcomm reassigned Chandrasekher. A week after this statement the company said publicly that "the comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate"; after all, Qualcomm itself will be shortly moving ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Qualcomm's new enhancements to come to the Snapdragon 800 processor. We then talk about HTC, and the company's plans to build a smartwatch that is not a gimmick. Google follows as their purchase of Flexycore spells positive speed enhancements for Android in the future. Nokia is next as we get details on the new Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 2520 that were announced. We end today's show talking about Apple's new iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. All this and more after the break. Stories: - New Snapdragon 800 flavor in the works? ...

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    If you're looking to make a top-of-the-line smartphone, when it comes to your choice for the silicon that should power your handset, it's hard to beat Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. This year has proven the 800 to be wildly more popular than NVIDIA's Tegra 4, and even Samsung, with its own Exynos line of chips to rely upon, continues to turn to Qualcomm for a large fraction of its models. But even with the 800 powering this season's flagships, we're already looking to what's next; who's going to come out with the SoC to best even the 800? As we wait for that answer, it looks like Qualcomm may ...

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    MediaTek SoCs get a ton of flack in the smartphone community, ending up on all manner of lower-end devices. Despite the improvements the company has made to its chips over the years, they're still largely seen as the sort of compromise OEMs make when they're thinking more about cost-cutting than performance. That said, there have been signs lately that MediaTek's stock could be rising, popping up in rumors like that one last month suggesting that HTC might even be thinking about a MediaTek octa-core chip for a new One variant. Now the latest claim to arrive says that Samsung is interested ...

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    By now, we've seen the HTC One Max six ways from Sunday; its most recent appearance put the handset up against the Galaxy Note II and 3. Underneath all that, a mystery's been trying to work itself out: just what SoC would this phablet run? While early rumors and frankly, common sense, suggested that we'd be seeing a Snapdragon 800, more recently there's been talk that the One Max might go a different route, running either an S4 Pro or maybe a 600. Today, a new rumor attempts to get to the bottom of why HTC isn't just giving the phone an 800. Supposedly, supply issues could be forcing HTC's ...

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    The HTC One Max sure isn't shy about posing for the camera, and earlier today we brought you the latest pics of the hardware to arrive. While the general layout looks like a lock, we've been hearing some conflicting rumors about internal hardware choices, and last week the idea landed that the phablet might not run a Snapdragon 800, but something more along the lines of an S4 Pro, instead. That's not particularly great news, but one way or another, we'd like to get it either confirmed and learn to live with it, or see it rejected and get back to guessing. Yet another new One Max leak ...

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    Remember back when the Nexus 4's factory image disappeared from the AOSP shortly after the phone launched? Speculation was quick to suggest that Google was killing the phone's hidden LTE radio, but when it reappeared months later, unchanged files suggested that wasn't the case at all, and the mystery remained. Now a similar saga is playing out for the new Nexus 7, and it's frustrating an AOSP heavyweight to no end. Android Police got the sense that something was seriously wrong when it came to the new Nexus 7's software: no factory image had been posted to the AOSP, and a number of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that it seems that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has not sold as well as we expected. Still, there are rumors of the company working on its own Windows RT tablet, even though these rumors aren't quite new. ASUS follows as the company's Chairman doesn't seem happy at all with Windows RT and is planning to not offer it on future tablets. The Samsung Exynos processor follows, as there are some benchmark realities to talk about. We end today's show talking about some leaks of the Amazon Kindle Fire line-up for 2013, even though we're not excited. ...

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