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Qualcomm: Tegra 3 is overkill core-bragging

Qualcomm: Tegra 3 is overkill core-bragging

Qualcomm has dismissed NVIDIA's much-trumpeted five core Tegra 3 chipset as mere spec-sheet bragging, arguing that the company is unconcerned by HTC's defection from solely using Snapdragon cores. "No one company can stick to one supplier forever" Sy Choudury, director of product management at Qualcomm told us in an interview at Mobile World Congress this week. As for the HTC One X, the smartphone which will use Tegra 3 at least in non-AT&T form, Choudury argues the 4+1 chipset is more about marketing than actually delivering usable performance. "There's a difference between building devices to suit typical uses, and building for spec-sheet bragging" he said.

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MWC 2012 Google Pod Video Tour

MWC 2012 Google Pod Video Tour

Taking our expectations from last year and once again knocking them out of the park with a gigantic Android-controlled cannon, Google has presented another "Google Pod" worthy of remembrance this year at Mobile World Congress 2012. They had everything from developers of games to free Android-version-flavored smoothies and back to the cult-classic Android pins promotion. There was even a robot making gemmed-up Galaxy Nexus battery covers for the most hardcore of shiny Android accessory lovers! Have a walk down Google way in our video tour for MWC 2012!

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Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!

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Qualcomm: Intel still uncompetitive in mobile

Qualcomm: Intel still uncompetitive in mobile

Intel's Atom Z2460 Medfield processor for mobile devices will struggle to compete with ARM-based chipsets such as the Snapdragon S4, Qualcomm's product chief insists, with the new x86 being more the product of desperation than inspiration. "Intel is very smart and very dedicated" Sy Choudury, director of product management at Qualcomm told us in an interview at Mobile World Congress today, "they can't afford not to have a [mobile] product line." However, Choudury thinks Intel has underplayed the challenge it faces by contrasting Medfield with existing, mainstream ARM chips like Qualcomm's own Scorpion. "They're getting better, but so are we."

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Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

This week the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event showed the system on everything from a ten-inch tablet to a massive Gorilla Glass toting television as wide as the average human is tall. We've seen Lenovo devices, dual-screen monitors showing an ultra-massive set of screens running Windows from a device small enough to fit in your purse, and your everyday average 15-inch display. NFC is being shown to be working right out of the box with Windows 8's Consumer Preview between Bluetooth devices, and on the whole there's no doubt that Microsoft is coming in strong with manufacturer partner heat.

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Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

This week Michael Angiulo of Windows Planning held aloft an early build of a device made to show off Windows 8 Consumer Preview running on an ARM-based architecture - namely NVIDIA's own Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Also on stage was a device running Texas Instruments OMAP 5, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, and an Intel Clover Trail tablet as well. As Angiulo held the Tegra 3-toting tablet on stage he noted, "It's not only great for browsing the web, its great for apps as well."

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“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8′s Leblond

“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8′s Leblond

Assuring the public today in Barcelona at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during MWC 2012, Antoine Leblond of Windows Web noted that, of course, "the desktop is still there." The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was shown at this event on a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo notebook, and an Acer all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen interface. What we've seen here is that it's easy to use touch, it's easy to use your mouse, and it's easy to use both!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Speaking this week on the collection of apps that will work fabulously in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management noted that it's a completely simple and connected system to use. Tapping on a link in one app will connect you to your preferred web browser - which of course today on stage was Internet Explorer 10. What we're looking at here is a quick look at how Windows 8 will be working with a variety of different platforms when it launches.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Microsoft has released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, allowing everyone to sample the brand new OS ahead of its official released later in 2012. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, complete with English, Chinese (simplified), French, German and Japanese language support, the new OS delivers Microsoft's new Metro UI for the desktop, laptops and tablets, along with the culmination of the company's OS work over the past few years.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Speaking on stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management and Antoine Leblond of Windows Web Services outlined how Windows 8 will work with you, the consumer. Larson-Green spoke first of the edges of the tablet, saying that the edges were likely the most important piece of the device itself because holding the device with two hands, one on either side, is the easiest way to work with it and hold it for an extended period.

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