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A new report citing unnamed sources has claimed that Samsung will discontinue use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the forthcoming Galaxy S6 due to quality control issues. The Snapdragon 810 reportedly overheated in testing by Samsung, prompting the switch to the company's own Exynos line of processors, which it has used for certain editions of the flagship phone in the past.
Qualcomm is going to add a "kill switch" to its mobile processors in the future, with the Snapdragon 810 being the first to receive it. Dubbed Qualcomm SafeSwitch, the technology will allow device producers to offer users the ability to lock down the smartphone or tablet at a deeper level than current equivalents offered in apps or within the operating system.
At a pre-CES event in Las Vegas, we got a chance to briefly play with the Sprint-exclusive G Flex 2 smartphone from LG. It feels solid in the hand, though its plastic shell makes it rather warm to the touch and deceptively light. As such, some may associate this lack of heft with cheapness, though the handset is anything but.
Samsung announced on Monday a third variant of its Galaxy Note 4 5.7-inch smartphone. This new version includes a number of improvements over the present model, including a new Snapdragon 810 processor and a peak download speed of 300Mbps, thanks to the incorporation of LTE-A technology (up to 4x faster than current LTE rates). The unit also features the debut of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor, but there is a catch -- the unit is presently expected to only be available for sale in South Korea, with no US release currently planned.
Instead of ushering in a new high-end, power packed chips, system-on-chip (SoC), maker Qualcomm announced this week that it's releasing two new processors aimed at the entry-level device market. The new processors, branded the Snapdragon 210 and 208, are being made to help the spread of sub-$100 devices in growing LTE markets, while also continuing to support areas on the verge of moving past 3G.
The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 will enable more mobile device manufacturers to offer depth-sensing dual-camera systems in their devices, according to a report. Senior director for cameras and imaging Tim Yates revealed Qualcomm is working on a reference design that would make it easier to create smartphones and tablets with similar photographic abilities to the HTC One M8.
Qualcomm has revealed its next generation of mobile processors in the Snapdragon 800 range. The Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808, set to appear in mobile devices in 2015, both use Qualcomm's fourth-generation Cat 6 LTE Advance multimode modem with support for 3x20MHz carrier aggregation, potentially allowing for connection speeds as high as 300Mbps.
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using a 28nm process technology and feature processors that are 64-bit capable -- the first since Apple leapfrogged its rivals with the 64-bit A7 -- along with accelerated graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback, and up to a 13 megapixel camera. Snapdragon 410 chipsets integrate 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe and include support for Dual and Triple SIM.
Qualcomm has introduced its next-generation flagship Snapdragon processor, which brings support for Ultra HD features. The Snapdragon 805 is said to be capable of recording 4K video from the device's integrated camera, with support for 4K stream decoding and playback on a high-resolution mobile display or via a connected 4K television.
Samsung has reportedly implemented software tricks to artificially inflate the benchmark scores for its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Ars Technica noticed that the Note 3 outperforms LG's G2 by a wide margin, despite both devices being powered by the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, suggesting the company is continuing the overclocking strategy first observed with the Galaxy S4.
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu