It almost feels uncanny that Qualcomm would be releasing an Android app, but here we are again with actually the chip maker's second. This time, however, users might actually find Snapdragon Glance more useful as yet another lock screen replacement.
Qualcomm released their Q1 2014 earnings recently, and the results are mixed. Though they’re still in the black when it comes to overall health, they did miss projections just a bit. Their revenue for Q1 2014 was just shy of expectations, but their stock earning was well over expectations.
Qualcomm has announced that they’ve acquired about 1,400 patents from HP. The portfolio, which also encompasses patent applications, notably references Palm, iPaq, and Bitphone. It seems to take much of HP’s mobile portfolio away, even as they introduce a few new smartphones to the world.
In a conference call with analysts, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had some good news. According to him — and we’d like to think he’d know — 64-bit Intel chips are coming to Android. While we’ve known that 64-bit was coming since various iOS devices launched with the technology last Fall, but Krzanich says the Android variety will be available this year.
Styli are a pain. They have these soft, rubbery tips that don’t really do what you want, and they’re kind of expensive. Some even get in the $100-and-up price range, which is just absurd. Sometimes, we just want to draw on paper, and have the image just appear on our tablet or smartphone. Qualcomm is promising something big for styli and tablets, and it’s got our attention.
The mobile system-on-chip market might soon get a bit more competitive, if not more diverse. ZTE is believed to be the latest device manufacturer who will be making its own processor to ship in its devices. It will even be an octa-core chip.
When it comes to LTE, Qualcomm is the chipset maker of choice. Part of that is their cornering of the market; by being first, they command business. As our demand for faster data grows, so will the demand for LTE chipsets. Qualcomm’s offerings aren’t cheap, and contrast our desire for low-cost handsets. Stuck in a quagmire, what is an OEM to do?
Whether you buy into it or not, Apple's fancy 64-bit mobile processor, which debuted in the iPhone 5s, has gotten people talking. Apparently over at Qualcomm, that talk is mixed with a bit of panic as the chip maker races to secure its footing in what may be a changing mobile processor landscape.
Qualcomm has announced the successor to the current CEO, set to retire early next year. Taking over for Paul Jacobs will be Steve Mollenkopf, the current COO for Qualcomm. If that name sounds eerily familiar, it should; he was recently rumored to be taking over for Steve Ballmer at Microsoft.
Qualcomm first offered the Toq smartwatch for pre-order back in late-November. Then, as was expected, the Toq officially went on sale as of December 2nd. The catch with that, the watch almost immediately sold through the available inventory. We have yet to see whether that was due to overwhelming sales, or limited inventory, but regardless -- the Toq has since landed with another retailer.