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Qualcomm invests in BlueStacks Android player

Have you tried out BlueStacks? If you're reading this on a Windows PC, you really should - it's an impressively simple way to get Android apps onto your full-sized computer, and ever since the software's beta update, it's only gotten better. BlueStacks' success has not gone unnoticed: TechCrunch reports are surfacing that chip maker Qualcomm (you know, the Snapdragon people) has invested in the company after an unusually strong showing this month. The amount of dollars changing hands isn't clear, but sources say it's in the millions.

HTC One X vs One S Benchmarks battle for the top spot

HTC has just unleashed their new One series of smartphones across Europe and will be coming soon to the US. In case you didn't notice there was a flurry of reviews of both the HTC One X and the One S that hit the web earlier this week. You can see our awesome and detailed reviews from the links below but today I wanted to focus on benchmarks. Read on below to see who takes the top spot and is king of the mobile hill.

HTC One X shows NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 is a battery’s best friend

Starting today and all of this week we're getting our first look at the new HTC One series of smartphones. Starting with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core powered HTC One X, and then the equally impressive One S with the dual-core Qualcomm S4 Krait processor. We've reviewed them both here at Android Community and will link to them below, but what we were impressed with (among many things) was the battery life and conservation.

HTC One S Review

The 2012 hero phone strategy for HTC hits its thinnest point with the HTC One S, a device that brings the full power of the HTC One series made to compete with the best of the best. This device runs Android 4.0.3 right out of the box, has Sense 4.0 (made specifically for the Ice Cream Sandwich environment) and has hardware that backs up the promise of the user interface. This beast is backed up by no less than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, otherwise known as Krait and MSM8260A in this case, and ushers in a new era for smartphone cameras as well with not only assistance from the Snapdragon but another chip by the name of HTC Image Chip. Will this member of the One family live up to the new HTC promise?

Qualcomm Spark launches – helps push boundaries of mobile computing

Today Qualcomm has just announced the release of a brand new mobile computing and technology site called Spark. This isn't an app for Android, or something that will be inside of HTC or other Qualcomm powered devices -- instead it's a place for creators to come and spark ideas, invent the unimaginable and more.

Qualcomm releases Adreno graphic drivers for ICS – let the custom ROMs flow

Good news appeared over the weekend for many HTC smartphone owners, especially the ones with slightly older devices running Qualcomm processors. While Qualcomm hasn't been the friendliest group to modders and the Android Community, they have tried. With all the changes to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich modders have had a hard time building fully operational and smooth ROM's with Android 4.0 ICS. Over the weekend Qualcomm made this entire process much easier for smartphones running their platform.

Snapdragon manufacturing setbacks could delay major Android releases

The grudge match between Nvidia and Qualcomm was escalated at Mobile World Congress, where almost every single new Android device was running either a Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 processor. Now news out of the supply chain indicates that Qualcomm's manufacturing partner for its 28nm chips has run into unexpected delays. If true, that could mean that large numbers of the Snapdragon S4 - the processor heart of phone like the HTC One S, The Panasonic ELUGA, and the LTE versions of the HTC One X, Asus Transformer Pad Infitinty 700 and Transformer Pad 300.

Snapdragon Krait plays four 720p videos at the same time: hands-on

We got a preview of Qualcomm's upcoming quad-core Snapdragon earlier in an official video, but being the sneaky and distrustful jerks that we are, we couldn't believe it. So when we passed by Qualcomm's booth at Mobile World Congress, we made a beeline for the Krait  demonstration. Lo and behold, the prophecy had been fulfilled: four 720p videos, running concurrently on four cores, off of a mobile processor. The results were so pants-wettingly impressive that we had to whip out a camera and document it right then and there.