• T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II Processor Revealed: It’s A Qualcomm!

    T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II Processor Revealed: It’s A Qualcomm!

    Finally! Astute readers may recall that when Samsung officially unveiled their three Galaxy S II variants at a New York event, the T-Mobile model was trapped in an acrylic prison. While Samsung’s reps remained quiet, word among the attendees was that T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II was running with a different processor than its brethren. A tweet from Samsung’s GalaxySsupport account… Read More

  • NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Talking Chipset Alliance Against Qualcomm

    NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Talking Chipset Alliance Against Qualcomm

    Qualcomm is one of biggest players (if not the biggest) in the mobile chipset space, and their dominance of the market is forcing other manufacturers to seek alternative strategies. While Qualcomm’s huge presence has helped shape the market, a group of Asian companies are looking to form an alliance that will reduce their reliance on Qualcomm’s products and instead develop and rely… Read More

  • Qualcomm Explores A New Market: Finding Your Lost Dog

    Qualcomm Explores A New Market: Finding Your Lost Dog

    Qualcomm. You’ve probably heard of them. Hell, chances are pretty solid that you’ve got a bit of Qualcomm in your pocket right now — if you’ve got any recent, popular Android phone in there, at least. More-likely-than-not, it’s running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. Qualcomm has been up to all sorts of fun stuff lately: they’ve got an SDK that makes… Read More

  • AT&T Hits Obstacle In T-Mobile, Qualcomm Spectrum Acquisitions

    AT&T Hits Obstacle In T-Mobile, Qualcomm Spectrum Acquisitions

    The FCC has just informed good ol’ big blue that its proposed acquisitions of T-Mobile and Qualcomm’s 700MHz spectrum will be informally reviewed together, rather than as separate transactions. This wouldn’t really be a big deal except for the fact that AT&T may be biting off more than it can chew. By reviewing the two proposed acquisitions together, the FCC is… Read More

  • Qualcomm Overhauls The Snapdragon Brand, Ditches The Confusing Chipset Names

    Qualcomm Overhauls The Snapdragon Brand, Ditches The Confusing Chipset Names

    If you’ve got any smartphone made in the last year or so that isn’t made by Apple or Samsung, chances are preeeetty good that it’s powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets. Now, as for the chances that you could actually name which Snapdragon chipset it has… yeah, pretty much zilch. The problem: outside of the overarching “Snapdragon” brand… Read More

  • Qualcomm’s Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS

    Qualcomm’s Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS

    Back around July of last year, Qualcomm launched a software development kit for building Augmented Reality apps on Android. The idea was to allow Android developers to build all sorts of crazy AR stuff without having to reinvent the wheel by coding up their own visual-recognition system. It is, for lack of a better word, awesome. And now it’s available for iOS. Read More

  • Qualcomm Buys Assets From GestureTek To Add Gesture Recognition Technology To Snapdragon

    Qualcomm Buys Assets From GestureTek To Add Gesture Recognition Technology To Snapdragon

    Qualcomm has bought certain technology assets from GestureTek, a well-known developer of gesture recognition technology. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to a release, Qualcomm is buying IP assets related specifically to gesture recognition technology, as well as “engineering resources.” GestureTek is retaining other assets in that relate to its… Read More

  • We7 secures new funding for European expansion

    We7, the UK-headquartered music streaming service, has closed a new undisclosed round of funding. The new investment comes from existing investors Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures, along with Qualcomm Incorporated (via its venture capital function) and Pentech Ventures, and will be used primarily for further European expansion (“multiple countries”) and to consolidate its position… Read More

  • Is This What Your Smartphone Will Look Like In 2013? We Hope So

    We’re all aware that smartphones could potentially replace a lot of the technology we depend on today, but that can’t happen until someone develops some better processors, which is exactly what Qualcomm is claiming to have done. In fact, the chipset maker promises that in the next two years, your smartphone could act as a 3D set-top box, a game console, and a cloud-based computer… Read More

  • Qualcomm, Adobe Optimize Flash For Snapdragon-Powered Android Phones

    Adobe Flash is to the smartphone as an unwanted cousin is to your wedding: necessary, yet painstaking. Apple CEO Steve Jobs seems to hate the software, neglecting to support it on all four models of the iPhone. Google’s done a better job of incorporating Flash support into the Android operating system, but still, most of the time Flash ends up being a battery killer, a security risk, not… Read More

  • Mark Cuban Teams With Qualcomm To Bring Augmented Reality To Mavericks Tickets

    Thanks to the influence of owner and tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks season ticket holders will be able to enjoy a touch of the technological when claiming their 2011 playoff tickets. The Mavericks have teamed with Qualcomm to add augmented reality to this year’s playoff tickets. Augmented Reality — or “AR” for those “in the know” —… Read More

  • Qualcomm And CAA Back Creative Mobile Labs To Make Entertainment Apps

    Hollywood looks at mobile apps like Angry Birds and Pull The Rope, and sees franchises built around characters and a new form of story telling. It is a little bit threatening, but it is also a little bit exciting. Telling stories is what Hollywood does best. Those writers and computer graphics artists down in LA could really show mobile app developers a thing or two if only they knew how… Read More

  • Qualcomm To Sell Spectrum Licenses To AT&T For $2B, Kill FLO TV In March 2011

    Qualcomm has just announced that it has agreed to sell its Lower 700 MHz D and E Block U.S. spectrum licenses to AT&T for a whopping $1.925 billion, following its previously announced plan to restructure and evaluate strategic options related to its FLO TV business. The company expects to shutter its FLO TV business and network in March 2011. Read More

  • Qualcomm offers full refunds on FLO TV hardware

    Remember back in October when we said that Qualcomm were shutting down their mobile TV service, FLO TV? Do you also recall how Qualcomm were looking at ways of compensating their users? Well, it seems that ol’ Q have now decided on a method of compensation: full refunds on hardware. All you have to do is fill in a claim form (which will also cancel your service), and you’ll receive… Read More

  • Qualcomm reveals next-gen chips, teases us with 5x increase in performance

    I find myself perpetually wishing that the future was here today, don’t you? I mean, 2 years ago, the idea of 1GHz chips in phones was mind-blowing, but — despite this — I can’t help but feel lustful for the next generation. So, it is with this lusty game of techno-cat and robo-mouse in mind that I present to you information regarding the next generation of… Read More

  • Qualcomm's Vision-based Augment Reality platform now available for Unity

    I’m going to keep this one brief, as these sorts of posts tend to turn into walls of text. No one likes walls of text. Remember that free Augmented Reality SDK from Qualcomm that we showed you back in July? We said it’d lower the bar for Augmented Reality stuff considerably, nixing the requirement for developers to reinvent the image-recognition-capable wheel. Well, consider the… Read More

  • Qualcomm Subsidiary Buys iSkoot, Which "Mobilizes Internet Services"

    Qualcomm Innovation Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced it has acquired iSkoot Technologies, which specializes in the “mobilization” of Internet services such as social networks, consumer email and IM products. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More

  • Facial Recognition Tech Startup Viewdle Raises $10 Million From Best Buy, Others

    Facial recognition technology companies have been in the limelight lately, with Apple buying Polar Rose for a rumored $29 million and rival Face.com raising $4.3 million from Russian search juggernaut Yandex and others. A lesser-known but equally impressive startup in said field, Viewdle, announces today that it has secured $10 million in Series B funding from a group of noteworthy investors… Read More

  • Qualcomm Wants To Augment Your Reality With An SDK For Android And $200,000 Challenge

    Qualcomm wants to help bring better augmented reality apps to mobile phones, especially those powered by its Snapdragon chips. Today, it is releasing an augmented reality software development kit for Android phones, along with a $200,000 challenge for the best Android AR apps. The challenge goes through January, 2011, and the best apps will be showcased at the next Mobile World Congress. AR… Read More

  • A Private, Anti-Foursquare To Geo-Fence Those Neer To You

    A Private, Anti-Foursquare To Geo-Fence Those Neer To You

    If you are going to launch a new location app, creating an anti-Foursquare is probably not a bad idea. About a week ago, a Qualcomm owned-and-incubated business called Neer quietly launched on the Android market, and has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since then. Neer is a location-sharing app designed for private sharing between family members and people with close, real-world… Read More

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