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IoT Scope: The War Between Standards and the Many Players Fighting it

If this year's CES has taught us anything, it's that 2016 will be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). We've caught glimpses of exciting IoT related products, services, and technologies in the past (Philips Hue and the Nest Thermostat among others). Those devices have only scratched the surface of home automation, as you can now add garage door...

Are You Looking Forward to the Snapdragon 820?

We now have many details about the Snapdragon 820, and so far, it all looks good. Qualcomm returned to custom cores, they are promising better CPU performance and efficiency, huge GPU gains, various circumventing features and we now know it'll be built (by Samsung!) on the same 14nm LPP process as the Exynos 8. Is...

Snapdragon 820 to be Made by Samsung with New 14nm FinFET LPP Process

Rumors had it that Qualcomm would come to Samsung for the fabrication of their new Snapdragon 820 chipset. At launch, the announcement of a 14nm build narrowed it down to just a couple alternatives. Today, we learned that the Snapdragon 820 will, in fact, be built by Samsung. While it was likely this would be the...

820 Critics, the LeTV Max Pro is not the Phone You’re Looking For

The LeTV Max Pro. You've probably heard of it by now, yet not because the brand itself brings any excitement, but because of its chipset. At Qualcomm's CES press conference this year, the company officially unveiled the first smartphone containing its highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 SoC. That's right, the Chinese company LeTV's new "superphone" claimed the...

2016 Snapdragon 820 Roundup!

Blogs all over, including us, wrote extensively about the hottest star of 2015. The horse was beaten to death, and then back again. But now, as 2016 begins, the tech community yearns to find something else to talk about, something that can help us move past the debacle and get excited about new phones releases...

The Best and Worst of 2015: XDA Edition

The year is almost at an end, but it doesn't look like Android's dominance will subside anytime soon. Although we all share the experience of running an Android device here at XDA, each and every one of us will have a unique Android experience based on his or her device, region, carrier, and more. But there...

MediaTek Labs Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform

The idea behind the "Internet of Things" has captivated our imaginations for many years. How cool would it be to control every appliance in your home without laying a single finger on the device? With the advent of smart home security systems like the Nest Cam, a variety of smart HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems,...

Processor Temperature Results for Tens of SoCs — How Hot is Your Chip?

Testbird, a company we've talked about previously, reached out to us to share some interesting data regarding processors that they have collected during their extensive compatibility testing. And some of the results that they shared were quite surprising, to say the least. First off, the data shows the maximum and average temperatures of various chipsets from...

Snapdragon 820 Debut: Qualcomm’s Comeback Packs a Big Punch

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its latest silicon beast, the Snapdragon 820. After a year full of turbulences for the company, their new breed of processor comes with an all-new design to deliver the performance jump Android lovers want, along much more. While the Snapdragon 810 was originally promising too, the 820 does have benefits that...

Aukey Hit the Quick Charge 3.0 Ground Running

On September 15, Qualcomm announced Quick Charge 3.0 would be coming alongside the Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617 and 430 next year. They stated that with QC 3.0 you can expect to charge "a typical" devices from zero to 80% in about 35 minutes. Now Aukey has released their first officially compatible charger with the technology. These...

Opinion: The 810 Held Back a Generation with Deliberate Apologism & Damage Control

It’s been a little over a week since I received a OnePlus 2 unit for review, and with it, I finally got enough time to truly test the Snapdragon 810 and get it through its paces. It's been an eye-opening experience, and it made me reconsider a few things I want to discuss. If we go...

What Are Your Hopes for Qualcomm’s New Chipsets?

It has been a rough year for Qualcomm, but their upcoming chipsets are looking to solve the problems of the past and bring forth the future. The 820, 430 and 617 all promise fast performance and refined stability. The 820 will also bring Quick Charge 3.0 (0-80 in 35 minutes) and download speeds of up...