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AR glasses teased by CEO of Pokemon Go-maker Niantic

AR glasses teased by CEO of Pokemon Go-maker Niantic

Niantic's CEO has teased the Pokemon Go-maker's first augmented reality glasses, with a cryptic preview of the digital eyewear on Twitter. It's the first public sign of the company's smart glasses, though Niantic - which is also partnering with Nintendo again on a Pikmin game - has been talking about AR gaming for some time now.

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Fairphone 2 gets Android 9, explains Qualcomm bottleneck

Fairphone 2 gets Android 9, explains Qualcomm bottleneck

Although it was partly born of that modular phone dream, Fairphone pursued a path towards more practical sustainability, especially when it comes to Android updates. That mission was sorely put to the test with the Fairphone 2 which is now in its fifth year. Although it was already in testing last year, the phone is finally getting Android 9 Pie. That's admittedly two and a half versions late by now but the company explains why the ecosystem, particularly Qualcomm, seems to be set to foil such endeavors at every step.

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Snapdragon 780G 5G gives Qualcomm a midrange Android heavyweight

Snapdragon 780G 5G gives Qualcomm a midrange Android heavyweight

Qualcomm has revealed the latest chipset in its 7 Series, with the new Snapdragon 780G 5G Mobile Platform promising to cherry-pick some of the best tech from the more expensive Snapdragon 888 flagship. Expected to arrive in new Android phones sometime from Q2 2021, the Snapdragon 780G marks a number of "firsts" for the series, and looks likely to continue the trend of midrange devices to be arguably more exciting than their most expensive brethren.

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Qualcomm might be plotting a 5G, Android-based Nintendo Switch rival

Qualcomm might be plotting a 5G, Android-based Nintendo Switch rival

There's no lack of strange rumors and reports in the consumer electronics industry, but every once in a while, we get one that seems to come entirely out of left field. Today, one of those rumors is making the rounds, and it pegs Qualcomm as a potential Nintendo competitor. Apparently, the SoC manufacturer is looking at making a Nintendo Switch rival, and it could be here by this time next year.

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Next Snapdragon 7c processor to target mid-range PCs

Next Snapdragon 7c processor to target mid-range PCs

The success of the ARM-based Apple Silicon and the new M1 Macs put not only Microsoft but also Qualcomm in a rather negative light. The two have been working together for years on ARM-based Windows laptops with very little success but neither company is willing to throw in the towel just yet. In fact, Qualcomm is reportedly working not just on a new high-end Snapdragon 8cx compute platform but also a less powerful Snapdragon 7c chipset that could be used on entry-level Chromebooks and ARM-based Windows laptops.

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Snapdragon 888 with optional 5G could mean cheaper flagships

Snapdragon 888 with optional 5G could mean cheaper flagships

Qualcomm is arguably the king of smartphone processors, at least on the non-iPhone side of the mobile world. Premium flagships are more or less defined by how they carry the latest Snapdragon 8-series chip but that, in turn, also determines part of the cost that consumers will have to bear in the end. The past two generations, in particular, have been more expensive than usual because they already packaged a 5G modem, no questions asked. This year, however, Qualcomm might be taking a step back with a Snapdragon 888 that will give manufacturers the choice whether to go 5G or not.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 leak hints at exciting upgrades

Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 leak hints at exciting upgrades

A few years back, Qualcomm made the rather surprising move to introduce a Snapdragon 7-series that slots in between its high-end premium Snapdragon 8-series and mid-range Snapdragon 6-series chips. That strategy proved to be a wise one when the company introduced 5G capabilities to the series, offering a more affordable option for manufacturers of mid-range phones. The popularity of the Snapdragon 765 and 765G naturally warranted a successor and one such new chip, the Snapdragon 775, may offer exactly that and more.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound bundles mobile audio tech for discerning ears

Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound bundles mobile audio tech for discerning ears

Qualcomm has launched Snapdragon Sound, its new package of audio technology and software for phones and wireless earbuds. It's effectively umbrella branding for everything from mobile chipsets through Bluetooth radios and active noise cancellation, much in the way Snapdragon Mobile Platforms cover SoCs, modems, and more.

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OnePlus Nord 2 leak might sound disappointing to some

OnePlus Nord 2 leak might sound disappointing to some

Although it doesn't reach the top 5 in terms of numbers, OnePlus is arguably one of the more well-known brands in the smartphone market, particularly among Android phones. Its mix of specs and price continues to enchant some consumers, even though those prices continue to climb every year. It launched the OnePlus Nord to balance the scales and the mid-range phone received the same warm welcome in markets where it was made available. Its successor, however, might give some fans pause as it switches out the most important component from Qualcomm to MediaTek.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD Radeon GPU could come in a laptop first

Samsung Exynos with AMD Radeon GPU could come in a laptop first

Although Qualcomm and, to some extent, Rockchip, have long been on some laptops running Windows and Chrome OS, respectively, the arrival of the Apple Silicon M1 showed how the market for ARM-based desktops and laptops is still wide open to competition. There are, however, only a few big names that could probably be a good fit for that kind of device and it seems that Samsung's biggest Exynos gamble will be heading to laptops first instead of smartphones.

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Qualcomm’s new XR1 AR Smart Viewer design can tether to smartphones and PCs

Qualcomm’s new XR1 AR Smart Viewer design can tether to smartphones and PCs

With the introduction of its XR1 platform, Qualcomm indicated that AR would be something of a big focus for it, and now it has announced a new AR Smart Viewer reference design. We've already seen Smart Viewer reference designs from Qualcomm in the past, but those focused more on a combined AR and VR experience. This new reference design seems to be focused wholly on AR, and as a result, it has more versatility than so-called “Simple” AR Smart Viewers that connect to a smartphone and are aimed primarily at streaming media.

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President Biden to take steps to ease semiconductor shortage in the US

President Biden to take steps to ease semiconductor shortage in the US

Currently, there's a global shortage of semiconductors used in many industries that has seen some major industries in the US grind to a halt. The semiconductor shortage has particularly hit automakers in America hard, causing several major companies to cease production. The Biden administration has promised to make aggressive moves to address the global semiconductor shortage.

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