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Snapdragon 808 and 810 unveiled: 20-nm, 64-bit beasts coming early next year

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Qualcomm just lifted the veil on the systems-on-a-chip that will power the wave of Android flagships coming in 2015.

The new Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 will be leaps and bounds ahead of the current crop of high-end Snapdragon SoCs, in almost all areas, including architecture, core number, GPU, and features. Qualcomm uncharacteristically released details of the new 808 and 810 very early, which is probably an answer to the moves of competitors like MediaTek and Nvidia, as well as to Apple’s surprise jump to 64-bit on the iPhone 5S.

Snapdragon 810

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) is the higher-end of the pair, a successor of sorts to the Snapdragon 805, which will only become available starting this summer. Main features of the 810 include:

  • CPU: 4 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (octo-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
  • ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-1600
  • LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
  • eMMC interface: 5.0
  • Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
  • Camera ISP: 14-bit dual-ISP
  • H.256 encode/decode: yes/yes

Snapdragon 808

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 differs from the 810 through several features, mainly a different core arrangement and slightly slower GPU and memory interface. Here’s the breakdown:

  • CPU: 2 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (hexa-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
  • ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
  • GPU: Adreno 418
  • Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-933
  • LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
  • eMMC interface: 5.0
  • Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
  • Camera ISP: 12-bit dual-ISP
  • H.256 encode/decode: no/yes

What kind of performance and features can we expect?

The bulk of the processing tasks in both the 808 and the 810 will be handled by the two, and respectively four, Cortex A57 CPU cores, combined in a big.LITTLE setup with four Cortex A53 cores. In a big.LITTLE arrangement, the two clusters of cores can operate together for maximum performance, or only one of them can run, depending on the task. On the 810 and 808, all cores in a cluster run at the same frequency.

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The Cortex A57 provides a 25 – 55 percent performance boost over the Cortex A15, along with a 20 percent increase in power draw. However, because the 810 and 808 will be built on a 20nm process, instead of 28nm on current SoCs, power consumption should be offset overall.

With the Snapdragon 808 and 810, Qualcomm adopted a standard ARM architecture, instead of its Krait cores; the company will probably unveil Krait chips later in the year.

The Adreno 418 GPU on the Snapdragon 808 should provide a 20 percent performance boost over the Adreno 330 in the Snapdragon 801 (currently used on the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, etc.). The Adreno 430 GPU on the 810 is even faster, with an estimated 80 percent increase over Snapdragon 801.

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LG and Samsung gear up for the next bout of flexible display technology

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Samsung and LG are on the cutting edge of what could become a popular future trend – curved and flexible display smartphones. The two companies have already released their first generation curved displays, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round. We conducted our own comparison between the two curved handsets at the end of last year. But where is the future of flexible displays heading?

According to industry insiders, who recently spoke with ETNews, LG Display will be focusing on reducing the size of its flexible displays and improving various display aspects, such as resolution, this year. On the other hand, Samsung Display is said to be developing a variety of forms of flexible AMOLED, with the aim of making the design the game changer.

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Looking at LG specifically, the company’s flexible display technology is currently suffering from poorer specifications that Samsung’s equivalent. Desipite the larger display size, the LG G Flex could only muster a 720p resolution and a pixel density of 245 ppi. Samsung’s Galaxy Round, on the other hand, managed a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 386 ppi.

LG and Samsung are expected to unveil new curved smartphone designs later this year.

This year, LG is planning to reduce the size of its flexible display down to 5.5 inches, whilst upping the resolution to FullHD (1080p). LG is also reportedly working to improve heating issues with its OLED design.

“Our goal is to enhance product performance a notch or higher across the board.” LG insider

An interesting point to note is that Samsung’s AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Round isn’t actually “flexible” in the same sense as LG’s, which might explain why Samsung’s technology retains familiar specifications. As a result, Samsung’s future plans are quite different. Samsung is said to be experimenting with various curved designs, in both the horizontal and vertical planes, as well as designs involving curved edges.

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Whilst LG focuses on improving its existing flexible display technology, Samsung is testing out a wider range of designs and uses.

According to industry insiders, Samsung Display has decided to develop a product incorporating various types of curvature, which should be making its way into a future smartphone. Samsung believes that it will be the design that will determine the success or failure of its flexible AMOLED technology.

Both LG and Samsung are expected to unveil new curved smartphone designs later this year.

But hold on, we’re not close to this being a widespread technology, not yet at least. According to research firm IHS, LG Display and Samsung Display’s flexible AMOLED production capacity reached 20,000 sheets per month last year, from various production lines and display sizes. There’s no chance that current production yields could keep-up if the technology was to be used in a flagship smartphone. Low yields, high prices, and other component development costs are still limiting the production of units and availability for use in products.

“For the time being, flexible displays will not be found on smartphones very often.” Kang Min-soo, IHS Researcher

The other half of the issue is whether or not consumers really care about curved displays. Despite being able to output around 240,000 sheets per year, Samsung and LG have only managed combined sales of less than 100,000 curved displays so far. This figure includes a range of technologies, including TVs. Perhaps new smartphones or wearables could help boost these sales figures, but for the time being flexible and curved displays will probably remain a niche.

Do you think that curved and flexible designs are the future for smartphones or wearables, or have you been unimpressed with this first generation of products?


    








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Next Android version may have enterprise security in mind

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One truth remains a hurdle for [#protected_0#]: it’s just not a great platform for enterprise. From a consumer perspective, Android is plenty secure. For enterprise, it needs help. With the next “major” version of Android (an “L” release), it seems those entities wanting a mobile platform they can better manage will be coming.


This information comes to us from, well, The Information. According to two of their sources, one who is involved with the latest version of Android and one “briefed” on the upcoming iteration, there will be additional security features cobbled in. This time, there will be the ability to partially wipe a device remotely. That way, if your device is lost or stolen, your company can effectively cover their bases and eliminate access to a VPN.

This is also useful if you change departments or leave your job. It also makes a BYOD program more attractive, as a partition of company data can be wiped clean if you’re no longer with an employer. Google is also said to be working with chipset manufacturers on various changes to assist with this vision.

Google may be asking chipset OEMs to let passwords be stored on their chips. There is also talk of stronger encryption, though no details are offered up just yet. Of course, it’s still early days for the next Android, and we’ve got no reliable timeframe for when we’ll get this “L” release.

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CallFreeCalls releases the next version of their app for iOS devices

Miami, Florida – Having iOS device means having the best and requests using the best software available. The best is not always the most expensive, yet certainly is the most cost-efficient. Therefore, using CallsFreeCalls tool to call worldwide free is definitely the best solution. The new 3.1 version of iOS app was released recently, offering even more features and benefits.

What does calling worldwide free mean? This means exactly what it seems – any CallsFreeCalls customer can call or text any phone number in more than 140 countries worldwide without spending any money! Sounds too good to be true? Let’s take a closer look.

CallsFreeCalls uses bonuses system for phone payments. Sponsors place their offers and pay some sum of money, which is represented by some amount of bonuses. Customers can earn these bonuses by completing sponsorship offers. Bonuses can later be spent on free calling and texting worldwide. Therefore, customers do not spend their money; they only spend some of their free time.

Really, why not completing some offers while travelling on a train, going home after school on a bus, waiting in a traffic jam or whenever you have some free time? Instead of shooting birds or running between trains you can spend your time earning bonuses for future use and saving your money!

The offers are multiple, the most common are:
* Viewing some ads
* Answering polls and queues
* Downloading different useful and entertaining apps for your iOS device

Sponsors’ list is vast and their offers are updated regularly, so users can earn bonuses the way they want. To say more, CallsFreeCalls regularly holds different events and rewards winners with decent amounts of bonuses. To say even more, internal texting inside CallsFreeCalls network does not even spend bonuses, saving a ton of money for families and companies, friends and colleagues.

What is new in this release?
CallsFreeCalls uses top-notch achievements of communication technologies, allowing their users to stay in touch literally anywhere if there is at least 8Kbit/sec Wi-Fi coverage (other operators require at least 32 or even 64). Therefore, CallsFreeCalls is light years ahead the competition, offering a quality of services other VoIP messenger operators cannot achieve nowadays.

However, there always is room for improvement. One of the most important sources of ideas for development is customers’ feedback. For example, default violet color did not look nice with certain cases of iPhones. After receiving requests to add several color schemes, CallsFreeCalls responded with a revolutionary solution – they made their app fully customizable, so each user can select the color fitting his style best and adjust all other profile settings to their liking!

New release of CallsFreeCalls app for iOS devices provides such features:
* Increased list of sponsorship offers
* Updated partnership window interface
* Improved performance, especially in bad connection areas
* Several minor bug fixes

CallsFreeCalls does their best to meet and exceed customers’ expectations. New updates are to come soon, offering even more convenient and useful features. Stay with us or join us if you are not our customer yet, use multiple benefits our service has to offer and remember: “Together we unite the continents!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 33.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
CFC – Free International Calls and SMS Texting via Internet 3.1 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.

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CallsFreeCalls is VoIP Service for making Free International Phone Calls and SMS Texting Online. CallsFreeCalls motto is “Uniting hearts and continents” and the company constantly strives to improve the service even more, to meet and exceed customer’s needs and expectations. Copyright (C) 2014 CallsFreeCalls. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Audio Emoji: The Next Gen iPhone Emoji App You’ll Never Hear the End Of

San Rafael, California – Tiny Mobile Inc. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Audio Emoji 1.0 for iOS, an exciting new app that allows you to communicate and interact with friends over text message in a totally new way. In the same way the Emoji changed the way we text, Audio Emoji opens up a whole new realm of expression in how you communicate with your friends. Let your friend hear how bad you’ve burned them on a lame comment. Tell your boyfriend or girlfriend (or ex for that matter) how you really feel about them. Voice how psyched you are about your buddy’s new job or their botched attempt to pick up that beautiful woman at the bar. Send hilarious Audio Emjoi sound bites back and forth for a tennis match that’ll have you and your friends dying of laughter.

Audio Emoji lets you send hilarious sound bites via text message using an easy interface that works on any iOS Device (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) with iOS 7.0 or higher. Now you can send over 500 hilarious Audio Emoji sound bites to anyone with a smartphone. You can listen to any of Audio Emoji’s sound bites for free and unlock only the ones you want to send to your friends (or enemies). The beautiful and easy-to-use Retina interface, combined with Audio Emoji’s favoriting system makes it easy to find the perfect retort for any situation, and to keep track of the sounds you love the best. With just a couple taps, you can crack up your friends and toast your enemies in ways they’ll never see coming. When words alone won’t get the job done, let Audio Emoji do your dirty work for you!

Features:
* Share Hilarious Audio Emoji Sound Bites via Text Message
* 500+ Hilarious and useful Audio Emoji sound bytes to choose from
* Listen to every sound for free, unlock only the Audio Emoji you want to send to your friends (or enemies)
* Keep track of your favorite Unlocked sounds using the App’s favoriting system
* Universal App, Use Audio Emoji on any iOS Device (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) with iOS 7.0 or higher
* Tap the Message button on a given Audio Emoji to pop up a text message window prepopulated with your chosen sound
* Use the “Copy to Clipboard” button located on every Audio Emoji to copy that Audio Emoji to your clipboard – From there you can paste into any app that lets you paste of movies
* Beautiful and easy to use Retina Interface makes it a breeze to find the perfect sound for any occasion or conversation
* Send Audio Emoji to anyone who can receive mms text messages – pretty much anyone with a smartphone (*)

Device Requirements:
* Message and data rates may apply (*)
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* Universal Application
* 28.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Audio Emoji 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Located in San Rafael, California, Tiny Mobile is a privately held company founded by Nicholas Iannone. The company’s focus is on developing superior applications for the mobile platform. Copyright (C) 2014 Tiny Mobile Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Yelp opens beta tester program for next Android app, uses Google+ to control access

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Yelp wants your help testing out their next Android app update. Before releasing their next update to their Android app in the Google Play Store, Yelp has opened a beta test program. Beta testers will need to request access to the Yelp Android Beta Testers community on Google+ to get started, then be ready to be awesome! It’s a requirement.

Interested in receiving the latest version of the Yelp Android app before everyone else? You’re in the right place!

So far, there is no actual beta app build to test, but signing up ensures that you get in when it does become available.

YelpStatYelp is a business directory built on community reviews, 53 million reviews and counting. They cover many business categories, but are best known for their shopping and restaurant reviews; in-fact, they just announced their top 100 list of best rated places to eat in the US. Spoiler alert: top honors went to a shack in Hawaii.

If you are interested in helping test out the new Yelp beta app when it becomes available, head over to their Google+ Community page to get started. If beta is not for you, you can still find the best businesses near you on their stable app in the Google Play Store.

What are your thoughts on beta programs – are the newest features worth a few bugs? Did your favorite place to eat make it onto the top 100 list?


    








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iOS in the Car reportedly launching next week — anyone up for a new Ferrari, Merc, or Volvo?

 iOS in the Car reportedly launching next week — anyone up for a new Ferrari, Merc, or Volvo?

Apple’s iOS in the Car is reportedly set to launch next week. The bi-directional feature that will let you bean select elements of your iPhone’s interface — like Maps, iMessage, and music — to your in-vehicule display will initially roll out in partnership with Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo. That’s according to Henry Foy and Daniel Thomas of the Financial Times:

The official announcement of Apple’s deal will be made at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, sources told the Financial Times. A number of other manufacturers are expected to incorporate it into models in 2014. Apple, and the carmakers declined to comment

Even though I won’t be buying a new Ferrari any time soon I’m incredibly excited by iOS in the Car because I believe it will one day lead to iOS everywhere, and person-centric computing beyond that.

Since Apple won’t be making their own cars any time soon — sorry Tesla rumor-mongers — nor anything outside their narrow focus, nor will they be licensing their operating system to other manufacturers to load into their cameras, fridges, or other electronics, this feels like a way to get the best of both. To own the experience without having to become a sprawling conglomerate or barely-debugged stack of drivers.

But that’s then, this is now. If the reports are accurate, anyone considering a new car and soon?

Source: Financial Times

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6MB file size transfer limit over BBM to be addressed in next build

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Here’s a nice piece of news for those of you out there frustrated with the file size transfer limit being set at 6MB over BBM. In discussions with Jeff Gadway, part the BBM Product Marketing team, he let it be known that the BBM team has heard customers loud and clear and are looking to adjust or remove the limit with the next build of BBM.

Hey @Bla1ze @thelink74 happy to say we’re addressing the 6MB file transfer limit in the next v. of @BBM. Have heard users loud and clear!

— Jeff Gadway (@gadway) February 28, 2014

When exactly that next build will arrive remains a mystery but either way, it’s nice to hear that it’s finally going to be addressed. Also, don’t forget the next BBM update will bring even more BBM emojis as well so with this news, there’s plenty to look forward to already in the next update for BBM.

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Project Ara could arrive next year for just $50

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Yesterday we learned that Google will hold its first Project Ara developers conference on April 15-16 in Mountain View. The idea of a smartphone that can be continually upgraded as new parts arrive might sound like nothing more than a geek’s dream, but it’s about way more than that.

According to Google’s official Ara page, their goal with Ara is to ultimately make modern smartphone technology more accessible for the masses. In order to reach this lofty goal, Google’s Ara project head Paul Eremenko says that the device could go on sale sometime next year for as little as .

Consumers could save up and slowly start add expanded functionality to Ara

Obviously a start-price comes with a few caveats. First, the ‘phone’ would be extremely basic with only Wi-Fi and extremely minimal storage and processing options, just to get it into the hands of consumers that can’t afford a high price tag. The idea is that the buyer could then save up and slowly start adding expanded functionality to the device such as cellular connectivity, an improved camera, more storage and a faster CPU/GPU.

Aside from revealing Google’s plans to make the barrier of entry as low as possible, Eremenko also reveals that Ara will hopefully be no more than 10mm thick (with modules attached) and will come in at least three different sizes: mini, medium and jumbo.

For those wondering how exactly the modules will stay in place so they don’t fall off in your pocket or right while your using the device, Google plans to lock front modules through latches and back ones through electropermanent magnets. Unlocking a module requires you to use a special app within the phone, however.

There’s no denying that the idea of Project Ara still sounds a little impractical and out of reach, even if it is also really cool at the same time. Of course, with Google behind it, we suppose just about anything is possible. We are certainly intrigued by the project and will continue to keep an eye out on this one. What do you think, impressed by Ara? Or do you feel its nothing more than a pipedream that won’t work out as well as we hope?


    








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Microsoft reportedly courting Sundar Pichai as next CEO

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A new report claims that Google’s head of Android [sic] is a favorite candidate for the position of Microsoft CEO.

The report comes from Silicon Angle, which claims that negotiations with the Google executive are “in full swing.” Editor-in-Chief of the publication John Furrier said on Twitter that talks with Pichai “are so under wraps,” which, if true, could explain why we haven’t heard Pichai’s name in connection with Microsoft before now.

The most recent reports from publications including Bloomberg, Re/code, and The New York Times say that Microsoft executive Satya Nadella is the current front-runner for the Microsoft CEO position. Others in the running have included Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former CEO of Nokia (and former/future Microsoft employee) Stephen Elop, and Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg. Mulally and Vestberg recently their respective boards they have no intention of leaving their positions, and it appears Elop is no longer a lead candidate.

Microsoft could really move the ball down the field with Sundar Pichai

“Microsoft could really move the ball down the field with Sundar Pichai in creating a new open operating system model for cloud, mobile, and social,” chief analyst at Wikibon Dave Vellante said in a statement to Silicon Angle. “The market has been looking for a CEO who can balance the role of leading the enterprise transformation while keeping that consumer momentum with xBox [sic] and reboot mobile. Pichai is the total package of technology leadership and business acumen.”

This isn’t the first time Pichai has been rumored to leave Google. He was once reportedly courted by Twitter, but stayed on with Google after the company paid him million to stay.

Pichai joined Google in April 2004, and has headed up many divisions in the company from Chrome and Chrome OS to Gmail and Maps. He’s also credited as a driving force behind Google Drive.

Most notable, though, is that Pichai is currently the senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and Apps. It’s hard to imagine that, given the recent moves by Google to strengthen Android, Pichai would step away to head up another company. The new agreement with Samsung could mean Google, and therefore Pichai, will have a greater influence over the future of the mobile platform. It’s hard to imagine anyone stepping away with such an exciting opportunity before them.

when’s the last time you were excited by Windows Phone?

Pichai would be leaving Google and all of its Googliness behind for a completely different corporate culture in Microsoft. Even from just the product side he’d move from heading up two ostensibly open-source projects in Android and Chrome to the locked-down Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

Perhaps a person like Pichai is what Microsoft needs to inject new life into the company. With the exception of the Xbox, few recent Microsoft products really resonate with users. When’s the last time you heard anyone get excited over using Word or Excel? And with the exception of Nokia’s excellent hardware, when’s the last time you were excited by Windows Phone?

With everything he’s learned at Google, Pichai has the potential to make Microsoft exciting again. But Android and Chrome are already interesting, with some exciting possibilities in the future.

Not to mention the fact that Google has plenty of money to offer Pichai to stay if it comes down to that again. Microsoft has deep pockets, too, so it’s hard to say what the outcome will be if the two companies start a bidding war for the executive.

With all the reports floating around, we’ll probably find out who the next Microsoft CEO is within the next few weeks. There’s only one thing we know for sure about the position: whoever takes over has a huge battle ahead of them in mobile with Android and iOS dominating the market.

Do you think it makes sense for Pichai to move take over as Microsoft CEO?


    








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