Four months ago at MWC 2012, Mozilla has first unveiled its plans to create a HTML 5-based, open source mobile operating system, although back then there was no way of knowing how far away the project was from reaching the consumer market. Thankfully, Mozilla Foundation has announced today that the first smartphones to use the new Firefox OS will be made by ZTE and Alcatel, and will ship in early 2013 featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
Mozilla has also announced that the Firefox OS will be backed up by a number of telecom companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Sprint, Smart, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Etisalat. Surprised by the momentum Firefox OS appears to be gaining? [...]
San Diego-based Qualcomm supplies SoCs for many Android makers, with its dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Krait) chip powering several high-profile Android devices that are coming over the next months. But Qualcomm is a fabless firm, meaning that it doesn’t actually manufacture the chips it designs and markets. Fabrication is handled by Asian semiconductor specialists, most notably Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
Now, Qualcomm seems to be running into serious issues with its S4 chip. According to a rumor reported by Semi Accurate, TSMC has encountered major problems with its 28nm chip line, causing it to halt production. The issues appeared to have occurred [...]
Qualcomm, the world-leading wireless telecommunications research and development company and the world’s largest fabless chip supplier, has introduced a newly improved version of the Snapdragron S4 chip as well as three new Gobi modem chipsets at the Mobile World Congress today in Barcelona, Spain. The newly improved Snapdragron S4 SoC, dubbed as the “Snapdragron S4 Pro”, takes the ordinary dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip used in the HTC One X/S and the Asus Padfone to a whole new different level. So what’s so interesting about the S4 Pro?
One of the things I like about Samsung and don’t like about HTC is that they are willing to use other chips for their devices, especially if one of their favorite chip is not top dog anymore (fortunately Samsung’s chips have always maintained the lead so far). HTC on the other hand, no matter how good or bad was the performance of Qualcomm chips, they would stick with them. There are hints that this year they will use Tegra and even OMAP chips alongside the Qualcomm ones, but that remains to be seen.
I do like that Samsung is using other chips, especially when they are more powerful, but it usually happens for another model, which I’m completely fine [...]
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 [...]
Last year Qualcomm got behind everyone else in dual core chips and not only in time to market, but also in performance. The dual core 1.2 Ghz S3 chip could easily be surpassed by a Cortex A9 based Exynos at the same frequency of 1.2 Ghz/core. That’s because the custom Scorpion architecture was more of a competitor to Cortex A8, and when the more powerful and more efficient Cortex A9 arrived, Qualcomm kept the same architecture and only increased the clock frequency. This is why even dual core 1.5 Ghz S3 processors can barely match up to the dual core 1.2 Ghz Exynos or OMAP 4430/4460.
The good news is that I’m expecting the chips based on the Krait [...]
Qualcomm recently announced the sequel to the Snapdragon GamePack that it launched last July this year. Adding to the more than a hundred game titles already in the Snapdragon GamePack, Qualcomm is planning to release the new Snapdragon GameCommand games early next year.
GameCommand is an application where users will be able to easily find and access all games optimized exclusively for Snapdragon processors. The new game titles will start arriving on the Android Market in early 2012. Qualcomm made the announcement in conjunction with its launch of its new S4 series of Snapdragon processors.
Among the upcoming games included in GameCommand are the [...]
If you think the HTC Rezound already beats the iPhone 4S to a pulp, HTC has another–and probably better–killer smartphone in the works. Codenamed as the HTC Ville, it will be one of the handsets to be unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012.
First reported by Boy Genius Report, the HTC Ville will employ a 1.5-GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor, an 8-megapixel camera that is capable of recording 1080p HD video, and a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display. Support for HSPA+ connectivity is expected and a 1,650-mAh battery will power the device. Yet another feature to look forward to will be Beats audio compatibility.
Due to the [...]
AT&T recently launched two new Android smartphones for its LTE network. Consumers and Android enthusiasts got very excited about the LTE launching since this evolution promises nothing but pure high speed data transfer on AT&T.
The two flagship handsets on AT&T are the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both handsets bear a lot of promise, considering both companies are on the top of the Android food chain.
Let’s have a quick look at the specs and features of each phone and maybe perhaps we could give you an idea on what phone you should get, shall we?Design and Exteriors
The HTC Vivid has the same classic [...]
Verizon offers very tempting Android handsets, and many people actually find the offers irresistible. Who wouldn’t? With the company offering a great new line of smartphones at exceptionally affordable prices, almost anyone will take the bargain and settle for a favorite phone. Two of Verizon’s inexpensive offering includes the Pantech Breakout and Motorola DROID X2. Both are priced at US$99 on Verizon Wireless, so they are within reasonable price range. If you are thinking of getting either of the two, this comparison review can probably help you decide.Design
The gorgeous Breakout’s overall design is covered in matte black plastic finish with dimensions [...]