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Qualcomm’s Revenues Up 40% in Q1. Will This Keep Up in 2012?

February 1, 2012

Qualcomm managed to bring 40% larger revenue compared to the same time last year, and also 14% bigger compared to last quarter. Profits also hit 1.4 billion, which is a 20% increase over last year’s profits, and a 33% over the last quarter. It seems that compared to last quarter alone, they managed to sell 23% more chips, accounting for 156 million units in total.

Qualcomm is clearly doing well in the mobile market right now, and I think we can all pinpoint to the exact moment in time when brand awareness played a huge rule in skyrocketing Qualcomm’s numbers over the past 2 years. It’s when Qualcomm was the first to make a 1 Ghz ARM [...]

 
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Is This Code Part of Majel, Android’s Future Personal Assistant?

February 1, 2012

 

Someone tried to mess around with the FaceUnlock application code from the Android SDK, and stumbled upon this code, which seems to include answers, as if given by a personal assistant or such. We’ve heard some rumors a few months back that Google may be working on a personal assistant as part of their Google X projects, and they’ve been doing this for years. These rumors came from someone who claimed he was involved with Google X, and he wanted to give a hint about what they’ve been working on:

This is in total violation of the NDA, but I don’t care anymore. Sue me.

The central focus of Google X for the past few years has been a [...]

 
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DoCoMo and NEC to Launch Ultra-Slim and Water-Proof Android Smartphone

January 31, 2012

NEC may not be doing so well in the smartphone market lately, but they aren’t going down without a fight. DoCoMo has just announced a new smartphone for Japan, called NEC- ES N-05D. What’s most spectacular about this device is that they are built to be water-proof while still being 0.11 inches thinner than a Galaxy S 2, which is already a pretty thin device.

These are all the specs:

4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, waterproof body, 8.1MP CMOS camera with NEC’s Exmor R for better low light performance, dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8260 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC e-wallet [...]
 
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Samsung Is Working on Two Tablets Called P3100 and P5100

January 31, 2012

It looks like Samsung is already getting ready to release 2 more tablets very soon. These 2 screenshots show that Samsung is getting Wi-Fi certifications for 2 new devices, both which have dual-band Wi-Fi. Although they are put in the “smartphone” category, we know they are tablets because of their naming convention. GT stands for Galaxy Tab, and P stands for its category (tablet). So what will these tablets be about?

First of all, the GT-P5100 one should be the one we’ve already been hearing rumors about, the one that is supposed to have a display larger than 10.1″, an ultra-HD resolution of 2560×1600, and last but not least a very [...]

 
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Sony Pushes a New Google TV Update to Their Blu-Ray Player

January 31, 2012

Sony was one of the early adopters of Google TV along with Logitech, but they haven’t said so far how well it has been working out for them. Perhaps they are still optimistic about the whole deal, and hope that demand will catch-up soon once Google gets more serious about Google TV, because it looks like they keep sending updates for their Blu-Ray player, which comes with Google TV.

The new updates include Chrome enhancements, making it faster and more up to date with HTML5 specs, and now the owners of Sony’s Blu-Ray player can also watch Blu-Ray movies in 3D. Sony has just announced that their 3D channel has had 10 million views so far, so it seems a lot [...]

 
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Online Protests Increase Over Motorola’s “Developer Edition” RAZR

January 31, 2012

Just a couple of days ago I was saying what a bad move Motorola made with the Droid RAZR “Developer Edition”, and not just because it’s a poor strategy in general to release so many similar (identical?) phones in such a short time, but because this time they are releasing a “new” phone that has absolutely nothing different from what the original phone has, except a small software tweak that they could do for the original one, too. I mean, what’s next? Releasing a “new” phone that only has a different background?

So it appears that online protests don’t get made only over bills like SOPA, but also over locked [...]

 
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So Who’s Removing the 3rd Party Steam Apps?

January 31, 2012

This could be just a coincidence, but it seems that a few unofficial 3rd party Steam apps were removed from the Market, just after the official Steam app was made available. Is it Google behind this or the company behind Steam itself (Valve)?

The API that those 3rd party developers were using is still public and available to developers, so if Steam did it, then they are only blocking access to the API for those few developers. But why would they do it? It’s possible that they thought some of those apps were infringing their trademark. But let’s be honest here. In most of these cases, they usually just want to remove the competition.

This reminds me [...]

 
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The $47 Aakash Android Tablet Should Not Be Dismissed So Easily

January 30, 2012

Some people seem to think that because the $47 ($23 for students) Android tablet from the Indian Government is built with the minimum necessary specs for it to function, then it’s just a gimmicky tablet and no one will want it. First of all, a lot of people already want it and over 1.4 million units have been sold. So you can’t say people don’t want it. They clearly do.

Now, the argument may be that “ok so they bought it, but now they are going to be very disappointed with it”. I wouldn’t be so sure to decide that. Why would they be disappointed with it? You can only be disappointed when you have something to compare it with. Will [...]

 
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Rumor: More Powerful Galaxy Nexus on the Horizon?

January 30, 2012

Thanks to a NenaMark benchmark on their own site, someone managed to capture a screenshot of a Galaxy Nexus device featuring a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, much like a TI OMAP 4470 chip would have. Although, it has never happened before for Google to release a “Plus” version of their Nexus, they did release a “4G” version of the Nexus S. Also, seeing how Samsung is on a spree of making “Plus” versions of all their older phones, could it be that there’s an actual upgraded Galaxy Nexus device on the horizon?

I would take these rumors with a huge grain of salt, because it’s still possible the benchmark was spoofed (it also appears a [...]

 
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Qualcomm’s Adreno 225 Benchmarks Show Up Online

January 30, 2012

 

The Qualcomm S4, based on the Krait architecture (the one before was called Scorpion), will boldly push performance forward compared to its Cortex A9 or S3 cousins, and if Qualcomm is to be believed, the S4 should deliver all that performance boost at an even lower power draw, with the chip being manufacturered at 28 nm.

Its Adreno 225 GPU is not as brand new as the Krait-based CPU, being made still on the old Adreno 200 architecture, the one they bought from AMD, but it appears they’ve been trying to optimize it as much as possible, at the very least it does pretty well in benchmarks. Although, it remains to be seen if it can show that performance [...]

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