Qualcomm is betting more kids will soon be sporting smartwatches. The San Diego chipmaker on Tuesday in Shanghai (Wednesday, China time) unveiled its new Snapdragon Wear 2500 Platform to help make watches geared toward kids. Yes, that's right. Smartwatches for children.Qualcomm makes chips for everything from smartphones to Windows 10 tablet-laptop hybrids. While it already provides processors for wearables, it sees big opportunity in tailoring its technology for the fast-growing kid smartwatch market. The Snapdragon Wear 2500 integrates 4G LTE connectivity alongside everything a device maker needs to release watches aimed at children. "We see this as one of the high-growth categories," Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager for Qualcomm's voice, music and wearables business, said in an interview ahead of the announcement. "We can see interest proliferating around the world." Now Playing: Watch this: 9 rumors about Apple Watch 4 you need to know 1:48 The … [Read more...] about Qualcomm bets more kids will wear smartwatches
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Earlier this evening, LG (finally) announced the successor to the Optimus G. While the phone was not explicitly named in LG's press release, we can only assume it will be the Optimus G2, the phone we've been hoping for for some time now. LG and Qualcomm remind us in the release that the Snapdragon 800 boasts up to 75% better performance than the Optimus G's S4 Pro, along with 4G LTE Carrier Aggregation (by which data speeds are made "even faster"), better battery life, Ultra HD video capture, and support for displays up to 2560x2480, among other things. Not much else is known about the device (like, say, its actual appearance or when it'll be available), but we'll certainly keep you posted. Check out the full press release below. LG, QUALCOMM EXPAND SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION WITH NEXT G SERIES SMARTPHONE Successor to Original G Series to Feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor for the Ultimate Mobile Experience SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2013 — Expanding on a collaboration with a … [Read more...] about LG And Qualcomm Announce ‘Next G Series Smartphone’ With Snapdragon 800 Processor
Microsoft made a slew of Azure announcements at its Build 2018 developers conference today. Build has transformed from a Windows event to an Azure event, in line with its growing cloud business. Microsoft is open-sourcing the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, launching Project Kinect for Azure, and further embracing Kubernetes. Last month, Microsoft announced an investment of $5 billion in internet of things (IoT) over the next four years, tripling its prior spending. Microsoft is betting that most developers are, or will become, IoT developers, whether they know it or not. The growth of cloud and edge apps is unmistakable, and the company believes running code at the edge will become the new norm. Azure IoT Edge At Build 2017, Microsoft introduced Azure IoT Edge, which lets edge devices run AI, Azure services, and custom logic to not just generate insights, but act on them both locally and autonomously. Microsoft has since deployed various Azure services to the edge, and now it’s gearing … [Read more...] about Microsoft open-sources Azure IoT Edge runtime, embraces more Kubernetes, partners with DJI and Qualcomm
The Nokia X will forever remain in history as the first Android-powered device of the once-dominant Finnish giant. Nevertheless, it's running on a forked version of the mobile platform, which means that the phone does not come with native support for any of Google's mobile services, such as the Play Store or Hangouts. Of course, it was only a matter of time before the guys at XDA tinkered with the device and made a custom Android firmware for it. Senior XDA developer dhacker29 made a custom Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM for the device. The firmware uses source code from Code Aurora, which consists of vanilla Android and all specific enhancements and optimizations for Qualcomm's chipset, present in the device. The current build of the firmware is described as stable enough for everyday use. It has a pretty long list of working features, most notably the network connectivity, camera, FM radio, GPS and location services, etc. However, there were some navigation issues, as the Nokia X comes … [Read more...] about It was a matter of time: the first custom Android ROM for the Nokia X is here!
Remember the indoor navigation feature of Google Maps, which helps you find the snack stand at the airport, or the nearest bathroom in Mall of America? Well, Nokia has had an indoor navigation project of its own after the NAVTEQ and its Destination Maps acquisition, wanted to create an industry standard out of it, and is now leveraging that idea big time.Late last year the Finns said they have reached out to more than 30 service providers and chip makers in the hope to merge this with Wi-Fi networks, and include Location Extension protocol in BT 4.0. The company hoped this body would be able to come up with a common standard for indoor triangulation and mapping in 18 months or so. Well, the pooling of service providers has arrived sooner that that, as the Accurate Mobile Indoor Positioning Industry Alliance, called In-Location, has been announced today with 22 big name companies, Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm among them. Patrick Connolly from ABI Research … [Read more...] about Nokia signs up Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm for In-Location indoor positioning alliance, coming to handsets next year