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Android Nougat rollout allegedly hampered by Snapdragon 800

Android Nougat rollout allegedly hampered by Snapdragon 800

If you’ve been wondering, maybe even irate, that some rather capable Android smartphones, like the Nexus 5 or the HTC One M8, aren’t officially getting the latest Android 7.0 release, then LlabTooFeR might have the answer you’re looking for. But it won’t be the answer that you want. According to the leakster, many older smartphones dating 2014 and earlier are being left out of the Nougat party simply because Qualcomm won’t be releasing updates to the graphics driver of the Snapdragon 800 or 801 powering those devices.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera has announced the next entry in its lineup of rugged smartphones, introducing the world to the DuraForce PRO today. Like most Kyocera smartphones, this will come with all the standard rugged features you've been accustomed to - dustproofing, waterproofing, and a general build quality capable of taking some hits - but one of the main draws of this device might end up being the DuraForce PRO's "Super Wide View HD Action Camera."

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Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, while quite impressive on its own, has largely been remarked to be less "adventurous" than its predecessors. Apparently, Samsung might have actually been holding off on some of those novel features from the public. Over at Reddit, some soon to be owners are getting quite excited at the discovery that the Galaxy Note 7 actually supports 4x4 MIMO, making it the first ever commercial smartphone to do so, promising, at least in theory, faster and more reliable network connections and overall improvement in efficiency.

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Android’s ‘Verify Apps’ feature may keep QuadRooter threats at bay

Android’s ‘Verify Apps’ feature may keep QuadRooter threats at bay

Yesterday we told you about a rather scary set of vulnerabilities that could potentially threaten as many as 900 million Android devices. Known as "QuadRooter," the set of four vulnerabilities was discovered in Qualcomm drivers, lending to how widespread the threat is. However, today we're getting confirmation that a feature introduced way back in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean could stop QuadRooter in its tracks, and it was designed specifically for scenarios like this.

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‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities put 900m Android users at risk researchers say

‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities put 900m Android users at risk researchers say

A research team at Check Point has detailed a new set of Android vulnerabilities that could potentially leave as many as 900 million users exposed to security threats. More specifically, the set of four vulnerabilities - dubbed "QuadRooter" by Check Point - is found within Qualcomm chips, which becomes a major problem when you realize that Qualcomm chips are used in 65% of Android devices.

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Qualcomm: Wi-Fi Alliance’s new test plan biased against LTE-U

Qualcomm: Wi-Fi Alliance’s new test plan biased against LTE-U

And so the debate, nay, war, between proponents of LTE-U on the one side and Wi-Fi on the other has just entered a new, and perhaps more tumultuous stage. Pressed to make a move after numerous delays, the Wi-Fi Alliance has finally released the latest version of its test plan to ensure the interoperability of LTE-U and Wi-Fi spectrums. But as far as Qualcomm, one of the main advocates of LTE-U, is concerned, that plan is rubbish, failing to take into account proposals from the other side and turning a blind eye to the situation entirely.

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Galaxy Note 7 release day details: photos and specs we expect

Galaxy Note 7 release day details: photos and specs we expect

Today is the last day before the final reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a device we've been investigating for weeks (and even months). This is the bigger relative of the Samsung Galaxy S7, this time coming with the Galaxy Note's own S Pen, a high-powered stylus with the ability to reside within the phone itself. This is the 6th Galaxy Note to be released, but it'll be called 7 so said numbers can align with the Galaxy S line. Strange, isn't it?

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Galaxy Note 7 release date carriers leaked by FCC

Galaxy Note 7 release date carriers leaked by FCC

This morning the folks at the FCC have let it be known that a whole bunch of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices will be released very soon. In their latest certification of said devices, they've revealed the codes SM-N930V, SM-N930A, SM-N930P, SM-N930T, SM-N930R4, and SM-N930W8. These codes correspond to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and a couple of outliers. These can be connected to the Unlocked trend Samsung seems to be ready to join in on, as evidenced by the Galaxy S7 Unlocked release this June.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is actually first with Snapdragon 821

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is actually first with Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm just announced the slightly upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor that will power premium mobile devices for the second half of the year. Of course, there has been conjecture that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will sport the chip when it comes out next month. ASUS, however, beats it to the punch. It revealed, just today, that its ZenFone 3 Deluxe will actually be powered by the latest chip instead of the Snapdragon 820. Other than that, however, it's exactly the same as the ZenFone 3 Deluxe it unveiled at Computex in May.

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Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

The processor arms-race slows for nobody, and Qualcomm is already pitching its upgrade to the chip found in many of the flagship 2016 Android smartphones. The Snapdragon 821 is, as the name suggests, a freshened version of the Snapdragon 820, which Qualcomm says offers a 10-percent performance increase for device manufacturers who simply must have the speediest silicon.

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Qualcomm-powered Android devices found to have faulty full disk encryption

Qualcomm-powered Android devices found to have faulty full disk encryption

Google's Android platform has had its problems with security in the best, but a number of encryption features have been built into the software, as well as hardware, in recent years, significantly improving the situation. Unfortunately things are still far from perfect, as security researcher Gal Beniamini has discovered a vulnerability that leaves the Full Disk Encryption feature at risk to brute force attacks.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

When Lenovo unveiled the first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone, the PHAB2 Pro, it was somewhat curious that the OEM went with a Snapdragon 625 instead of the highest end 820. Although we'll probably never really find out why, Qualcomm reveals that it has, in fact, made specific tweaks to make the SD652 work perfectly with Tango. Now it has done the same for the Snapdragon 820, its current flagship, and promises it will also be the case for future generations of the 600 and 800 chip series, opening the doors for more devices to dance their way to augmented reality as well.

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