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ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS is making a new PadFone S2 and its set to debut in March 2015, according to leaks. This is interesting because of two reasons. The first is that this is the first PadFone device that ASUS is making in over a year, more than a year by next March. The second is that, according to those leaks, the smartphone will might be the first to put Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to the real-world test, proving whether or not this 2016 flagship chip will escape the curse of its predecessor.

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HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

There just seem to be no end to the controversy that looms over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 like the sword of Damocles. Varying reports, varying experiences, and varying OEM support all cast a cloud of doubt over the chip. Supposedly, salvation would come from a certain version 2.1 of the embattled processor, but now it seems that even that is for naught. HTC's own Jeff Gordon publicly reveals that the One M9 already runs on v2.1, which, sadly, only reaffirms suspicions that the SD810 is a lost cause.

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Internet of Things group Thread releases protocol specifications, now features Qualcomm

Internet of Things group Thread releases protocol specifications, now features Qualcomm

The Thread Group, the consortium founded by Nest, Samsung, ARM, Silicon Labs and more, has announced that Thread, its wireless networking protocol for smart homes, has released specifications that allow developers to build Internet of Things (IoT) devices compliant with their systems. In addition, Qualcomm, makers of widely used mobile chips, has joined Thread Group as a member of the board. Qualcomm, and others who are members of Thread Group, will be among those able to take advantage of the Thread protocols.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is here with a number of official press photos and details aplenty. What we're seeing here is the latest in Samsung design philosophy and a perfect example of how the company is evolving their sensibilities to bridge the gap between "budget phone" and "high end delivery." What you're going to see here is a herald of the coming of the king, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Take notes on your Note 4, this device is going to tell you all about the next release.

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Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

For a platform called Android, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to see it jump into robotics, but if FIRST and Qualcomm have their way a new generation of young people will make it the de-facto standard. FIRST - the organization set up by Dean Kamen of Segway fame “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” - announced back in March it would drop LEGO for Android for one of its robotics tournaments, and while those games don’t start until 2016, I stopped by this year’s FIRST Championship in St. Louis to get a preview of the system.

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iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

While we wait for the dust of the Apple Music launch to settle down, we take a peak at another of Apple's most awaited product, as if it ever had a non-awaited product. Courtesy of a brave leak source, we now have a view of what is supposedly the iPhone 6S motherboard. And with that, the smartphone's LTE modem has also been revealed: a Qualcomm MDM9635M, known by its other name, the 9X35 Gobi mobile platform. This chip promises not only Cat. 6 LTE speeds but more efficient power usage, leading, hopefully, to a longer battery life.

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Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon’s hybrid auto focus chops

Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon’s hybrid auto focus chops

After receiving a good bashing over a particular processor, perhaps Qualcomm saw it fit to spread some good vibes around. And by good vibes, we mean trying to sell the other features that its mobile chips are good at. And since mobile photography is one of the newest fads and also the trickiest, it pays to show how your product can help make the almost impossible possible and make a great shot without having to take out your DSLR, or even take it out of the house.

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OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

Android smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has a new model, the OnePlus 2 on the way. After the smartphone specs detailed in a recent leak, the company came forward and unveiled that the powerhouse behind the new handset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 CPU. Recently, the 810 has been tied to overheating in other devices, making users worry about future capabilities of the OnePlus 2.

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Sony Xperia Z3 clocks slightly better than Xperia Z4

Sony Xperia Z3 clocks slightly better than Xperia Z4

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 just can't seem to catch a break. The ghost of overheating looms forever over its head and it seems that all that might actually be for naught. Vietnamese site Vật Vờ took both the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z4, a.k.a. Xperia Z3+, and timed their performance, one running on a Snapdragon 801, the other on the seemingly cursed Snapdragon 810. On paper, the Snapdragon 810 should run circles around the older, 32-bit chipset with only half the number of cores. Reality, however, begs to differ.

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Razer acquires OUYA officially

Razer acquires OUYA officially

In a move that'll likely put them in competition direct with the likes of NVIDIA, Razer has acquired Android console-maker OUYA. This tiny machine - the OUYA - was created back before Android TV was a reality, making headway in the "Android console" space before Android was prepared to live in the living room. Over the past couple of years the company hasn't done especially well for itself, falling a bit behind in the market as it fails to summon the explosive response elicited with its original launch.

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Xperia Z4 in Japan overheats, DoCoMo carries warnings

Xperia Z4 in Japan overheats, DoCoMo carries warnings

NTT DoCoMo has just launched the Xperia Z4, a.k.a. Xperia Z3+, the first in Japan to do so. Already, users are chiming in over the Internet to express their displeasure at their new smartphones being too hot to handle, literally. This practically confirms problems attributed to the Snapdragon 810 and could deal a devastating blow to both Qualcomm and Sony. Almost adding insult to injury, NTT DoCoMo itself carries a card warning users about heat problems, cementing issues facing Sony's suppsoed flagship and Qualcomm's beleaguered processor.

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Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

The evidence against the Snapdragon 810 just seems to be piling up. When the HTC One M9 was launched, Qualcomm brushed off complaints about overheating to the unfinished quality of the early models that were being tested. It might try to use that same reasoning with this supposedly prototype version of the Xperia Z3+ that is caught on video heating excessively when using its camera. The problem, however, is that the smartphone supposedly uses a revised version of the chip that already addresses such issues.

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