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Blocks Wearables intros new first modular smartwatch, more details here

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch we featured last year? Well, we've got more good news about the first wearable device from the company. The project will be released through a crowdfunding site later this summer. It will run the latest Android Lollipop OS and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. This information was shared during the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan where Qualcomm shared more details about the wearable in a keynote.

Google working with Qualcomm for Project Tango

So here’s the news coming out of Google I/O – there are two Project Tango devices now. Both devices are still “developer units”, but it’s good to know that this is not a stagnant project for the mothership. The first device is the Project Tango tablet, which we have talked about at length. The second device is a Project Tango smartphone, which contains and uses Qualcomm processors to run the show.

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO first to use Qualcomm’s Sense ID biometrics

We’ve seen Qualcomm’s new take on biometrics, it’s only now we realize it has a proper name – the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics. It’s distinctly different from the way Apple and Samsung has envisioned biometric security for devices – that is, through a capacitive button. Qualcomm uses ultrasonic waves to read your fingerprint, and now they have one of Japan’s biggest mobile carriers, NTT DOCOMO, backing them.

Mercedes, Qualcomm collaborating on wireless charging for cars, devices

Qualcomm has been facing some pretty stiff competition when it comes to the smartphone chipset market, with big brands like Apple and Samsung opting to develop and use their own instead of using Snapdragon. But now they are looking to branch out in a whole new other market, creating a new division called Qualcomm Automotive Solutions which focuses on creating products for "the connected car". A new partnership with Mercedes-Benz looks at wirelessly charging both your devices and your e-car as well.

TWRP announces support for Qualcomm’s encryption for OnePlus One

The newer Android devices that have Qualcomm chipsets have a choice when it comes to encrypting the data on their device. The first and most obvious is Android stock encryption that has been made available for devices that run Android 5.0 Lollipop or better. The other choice is to use the encryption process and algorithms provided by the Qualcomm chipset, as users of the OnePlus One smartphone have generally done. The good news? TWRP now supports the Qualcomm encryption process on the OnePlus One.

Qualcomm AllPlay now allows re-streaming over Bluetooth and WiFi

Ever wanted to stream your music to multiple speakers all at once? I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind once or twice. The problem with Bluetooth streaming – that is, streaming whatever media is playing on your device to a dedicated Bluetooth headset or speaker – is that it is a one-to-one deal all of the time, which limits your streaming power to one receiver. Qualcomm’s new features for their AllPlay platform now involves WiFi re-streaming, which already sounds wonderful.

LG confirms that G4 does have Quick Charge 2.0

For those who were considering getting the LG G4, probably one of the things stopping them was when the OEM said that their new flagship will not have the Quick Charge 2.0 ability. And in this age where battery and charging issues are a big deal, that was a deal breaker. But now, apparently, LG has backtracked on that statement and is now saying that the G4 will in fact have that feature, bringing a sigh of relief for the potential smartphone buyers.

Early Samsung Galaxy Note 5, ‘Project Zen’ details emerge

Now that everybody’s quite happy with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (even Samsung is quite happy with themselves for the current flagship’s sales), we can start moving on to what Samsung might have in store for us toward the end of the year. We’re possibly looking at early details to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and a possible successor to the Galaxy Note Edge mysteriously coded as “Project Zen” at the moment.

Qualcomm exec (finally) denies rumors of defective Snapdragon 810

It took them a few months to finally address the rumors, but Qualcomm is vehement in their denial that there's anything wrong with their Snapdragon 810 chip, which caused Samsung to use their own processor in their latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Despite other OEMs still opting to use the aforementioned chip, the damage to the reputation of the chipmaker has already been done, and it probably didn't help that they stayed mum about it and are now just talking months later.

Qualcomm to help market Chinese smartphones globally

Because of the changes in the relationship of Samsung and Qualcomm, the latter is determined to make it bigger in the industry by helping to market other smartphones especially those made in China. As you all know, Samsung has ditched the overheating Snapdragon 810 by the chip maker and didn't use it on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The South Korean tech giant used its own Exynos chip instead and the result was a super fast performance and a big loss for Qualcomm.
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