Broadcom Intros Three Processors for Android Smartphones
Broadcom today announced a trio of new baseband/processor packages for Android devices. All three are based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture and support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The BCM21654G features a single-core 1GHz processor, HSPA, and 720p video; the BCM21664T features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, HSPA+, and 1080p video; and the BCM28145/155 features a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, HSPA+, and 1080p video. Broadcom believes these baseband/processor packages, which include a number of components combined on a single piece of silicon, will allow smartphone makers to bring devices to market faster while also letting them focus on developing their own value-added features. All three chips are already sampling and will reach volume production later this month.
Microsoft Debuts Two Low-Cost Lumias
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 532 and Lumia 435, two entry-level Windows Phones. Both devices run Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update and include core software features such as Microsoft Office, Skype, OneDrive, HERE Maps, and Cortana.
Boost Mobile Adding Alcatel OneTouch Conquest and Elevate to Roster
Boost Mobile today announced the Alcatel OneTouch Conquest and Elevate, two low-cost Android handsets. Shared features between the two handsets include support for LTE, 5-megapixel rear cameras, 2-megapixel front cameras, and the Google Now launcher.
- Conquest: The Conquest (pictured) features an IP67 rating for protection against water and dust.
Broadcom Talks Up Power Efficient Smartwatch Chip
Broadcom today announced a new platform for Android Wear smartwatches that promises to deliver major gains in battery life. The Broadcom wearable system-on-a-chip includes a quad-core Cortex A7 application processor and 2G/3G modem support.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS to Sell ZTE Concord II
ZTE today announced the Concord II, an Android smartphone that will be sold by both T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The Concord II is a low-cost device that follows the 2012-era original.