Trying to perhaps avoid a large media backlash, Qualcomm has rather silently announced its decision to not push through with its Snapdragon 802 processor. This statement comes just a month after the chip maker unveiled at CES 2014 the chip that will drive its formal venture into the realm of Smart TVs.
With Gimbal, Qualcomm has a device that breaks quite a few molds. Open source, secure, and conceptually cool, Gimbal has the ability to actually make a difference in your day-to-day life. If you’re one to shop at an Apple Store, chances are you already know just how sublimely smooth the Gimbal experience can be. We sat down with Kevin Hunter, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management for Retail Solutions, to find out just how Gimbal makes it happen, both for retailers and consumers.
In the quarter of the year that ended on the 29th of December, 2013 - the financial quarter, that is - Qualcomm reported this week that they'd pulled in record numbers. Record quarterly revenues, MSM chip shipments, and device sales reported by licensees, each of them higher than Qualcomm had ever seen for this particular quarter any year previous. This stacks up well with a quarterly revenue of $6.62 billion USD - that's up 2% compared to the quarter before this one and up 10% year-over-year.
Last year at Mobile World Congress we were treated to our first up-close look at the LG Optimus G Pro, a device that took everything that was good about the LG Optimus G and beefed it up to a far larger handset. Here in 2014, LG is right on schedule with their second iteration, a device they call the LG G Pro 2, ready for Mobile World Congress 2014 with a set of abilities not unlike the LG G2. Here our exploration of this handset begins - right as we have a closer look at the LG G Flex for the USA as well.
This afternoon Qualcomm has announced that they will acquire all of HP's remaining Palm-related patents. They will also be acquiring from Hewlett-Packard a number of other patents in the mobile sector, including those under the titles' iPAQ and Bitphone. This purchase will apparently also include both patents and patent applications.
Communal WiFi hotspot service Fon could be showing up in many more wireless routers in the near future, closing a $14m funding round that will also see the company's technology baked into new Qualcomm chipsets. The new round - led by Qualcomm Ventures but also featuring cash from Google, Deutsche Telekom, and others - will be used to fund Fon's US expansion, having begun quietly offering its routers in America late last year, while the partnership with the chip manufacturer could exponentially increase compatibility with the sharing service.
AT CES 2014, Qualcomm is showing off the benefits of AllJoyn, their open source, open platform connectivity software. Qualcomm notes AllJoyn is their idea of the “Internet of things, not the Internet of thing". They make a strong argument for AllJoyn, too. Rather than listen, we got to see it in action for ourselves.
Qualcomm’s Gimbal is a proximity awareness device that pushes pertinent information depending on your location. By locating your device, retailers and others can push timely information to you. We’ve imagined quite a few use-case scenarios for the proximity-based information service, and at CES, we caught up with Qualcomm to chat about Gimbal.
When Qualcomm announced their Ultra Sound NotePad last week, we were instantly interested. The ability to write something down and have it transfer to a digital copy is nothing new, but Qualcomm was promising it in real-time. No lag, and no extra hardware. They promised it would be a feature that the new Snapddragon 805 could handle. Skeptical of those claims, we went hands-on with the NotePad here at CES 2014.