Qualcomm Debuts AllPlay for Wireless Media Streaming
Qualcomm recently announced AllPlay, its own solution for streaming media from devices such as smartphones to home theater equipment. The technology behind AllPlay is Qualcomm's Alljoyn software framework. It will offer an SDK to hardware equipment makers and app developers so that phones can talk to receivers, speakers, and other products via Wi-Fi. Qualcomm is offering tools for the Android and iOS platforms, but not Windows Phone yet. AllPlay supports two different speaker zones with their own, independent volume controls, and will feature native integration with popular music services' mobile apps, such as Rhapsody. It also supports both local and cloud-based content streaming. Qualcomm expects to make the AllPlay SDK available by the end of the year. The technology will compete with Apple's AirPlay and Google's Chromecasting.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Qualcomm Says New AllPlay Gear, Apps On the Way
Qualcomm today said more hardware makers and app developers have voiced support for its AllPlay media streaming technology. For example, Bayan Audio, Goodmans, House of Marley, Inkel/Sherwood, Optoma Nuforce, SVS, TCL Communications, and TP-LINK will add AllPlay to their gear over the coming year.
HTC 10 First Android Phone to License Apple's AirPlay
The HTC 10 smartphone, which runs Android, is the first to officially license Apple's AirPlay media streaming technology. The phone ships with a wide range of media streaming protocols as part of its HTC Connect software feature, including Google's ChromeCast, Qualcomm's Miracast, DLNA, and DisplayPort.
Qualcomm Brings Machine Learning to Snapdragon 820
Smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor are about to get a boost in intelligence. Qualcomm today introduced the Neural Processing Engine SDK for Snapdragon 820, which will allow smartphone makers to add their own machine learning programs to devices with the 820 aboard.