QUALCOMM Posts on XDA

Exynos 8890 vs. Snapdragon 820 Note 7 Performance Analysis: Endurance, Throttling & Thermals

In typical Samsung fashion, the Note 7 comes with two different processing packages, meaning users once more are wondering whether they are getting the “best” flagship out of the two. We, too, wanted to find out just how these two variants stack up. Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets have been battling it out inside Samsung flagships for a...

A Widening Gap: The A10 Fusion Puts a Chokehold on Qualcomm’s Prospects

Yesterday, Apple announced their latest chipset, debuting on the iPhone 7. This new A10 “Fusion” (not to be confused with AMD’s processor) chipset brings a few new things to the table, but most importantly, showcases once more the uncompromising lead on performance that slowly suffocates Qualcomm. John Poole, CEO of Primate Labs and creator of Geekbench,...

From Store to Shelf: An In-Depth Capitulation of Why MSM8974 Devices Are Excluded from Nougat

Updated to reflect the either-or Vulkan or OpenGL ES 3.1 requirement for Android 7.0 Recently, there have been a lot of articles written about version updates, the interactions between vendor and chipset maker, and what this means for devices going forwards. Why has this come to rise this week? Well, it emerged this week given that the...

Android Nougat makes its way to the Nexus 5 & Nexus 7 (2013) via First Unofficial Port

Update 11:28PM CST: XDA Recognized Contributor zaclimon has posted the first unofficial port of Android Nougat for the Nexus 7 (2013) over on our forums. We've been expecting this to eventually happen after the initial release of Android Nougat, but perhaps not as quickly as we initially expected. Merely a single day after the release of Android Nougat's source...

Win 1 of 20 Tronsmart QC 3.0, Type C Power Banks *Winners*

These sleek power banks would normally set you back $35 and feature a standard QC 3.0 and a USB Type-C port meaning you can charge two devices at the same time, but to enter to win one of these awesome power banks all you have to do is check out the Rafflecopter below. The contest...

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm has finally raised the curtain and revealed its new powerful mobile processor -- the Snapdragon 821 with Kryo cores. This new unit will also be known as the Snapdragon 821 or MSM8996 Pro, and it is a revision of the Snapdragon 820 released earlier this year. Rather than a formal announcement full of information, this is more...

ZTE Unveils the latest flagship in the Axon Series — The Axon 7 with SD820 & 6GB RAM

<Beijing, China. 9:00PM CST> ZTE has just announced the newest flagship device in its smartphone lineup - the Axon 7. Designed in collaboration with BMW's DesignWorks, ZTE's Axon 7 promises to bring "high-end smartphone designs and features [that] won’t come at a high-cost." AXON 7 engages its users to form an emotional bond with it. Designworks’ premium and innovative approach...

Aukey Begin Shipping UK QC3.0 Multi-Port Wall Chargers

Living in the UK and working for a tech company at the same time has one drawback and that is the plug we use, the three rectangular pronged plug is designed to be the safest in the world. The pins are each coated with insulation until the midway point meaning you can’t shock yourself if you...

Intel Chips on Android: What are the Prospects? Can They Ever Get to the Top?

For every smartphone out there, there is a processors or SoC (System-on-a-Chip) powering it. Most of us here already know what it means, but to fulfill all righteousness, know that SoCs are synonymous with our heart beat. There are whole lot of mobile SoC's out there made by different manufacturers, though most them are unheard of,...

Qualcomm Announces VR SDK for Snapdragon 820

This year there is no doubt that virtual reality is a highlight of the Game Developers Conference -- so much that there is a separate VR track this year. Companies all over the spectrum such as AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Samsung and HTC are all planning announcements this week. Qualcomm, not to be left out of the party,...

Unlikeliest of Heroes John Legere Working to Free the S7

Many of us, awoke yesterday to discover the unfortunate news that the Snapdragon 820 variants of the S7 and S7 Edge would likely not see any development support due to the bootloader, which in case you missed it can be read about here. For the foreseeable future it looked like the S7 would be one...

Vulkan API Means More Control and Alternative to OpenGL [UPDATED]

Thankfully, the press release and materials on the Vulkan web site give us a wealth of information to start answering some of those basic questions that may be out there. First and foremost, Vulkan is not a replacement for OpenGL or OpenGL ES. It is an alternative approach to graphics development, one where much more of...