Qualcomm's BREW Platform Seeing Major Overhaul for 2010
Qualcomm recently announced renewed efforts to make its BREW mobile platform more appealing to developers, handset makers and network operators. The next generation of BREW, which should be available in 2010, will emerge from Qualcomm's collaboration with a number of software companies, including Bitstream, Novarra, PixSense, Seven and others. The goal will be to integrate key software components such as Java virtual machines, device management, browsers, multimedia, instant messaging and calendar applications into the BREW mobile platform directly, rather than adding them as individual applications later. The new BREW platform will also allow developers to write their application once and be able to port it to all BREW-based devices. Previously, developers needed to tweak their applications for each individual handset. These new capabilities should make the BREW platform more attractive to develop for and deploy on feature phones.
Qualcomm Retools the Snapdragon 820 for IoT Projects
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 820E embedded platform, a variant of its former flagship mobile processor meant to power internet-of-things equipment. The Snapdragon 820E is intended for connected computing, or devices that need a network connection and powerful processing at the same time.
Qualcomm Drops New Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality SDK with Eye Tracking
Qualcomm today announced a new software development kit for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. Qualcomm believes this new SDK will give developers the power they need to create next-generation virtual reality experiences.
Qualcomm's 205 Mobile Platform Brings 4G to Entry-Level Phones
Qualcomm today announced the 205 Mobile Platform, a collection of components that includes an application processor, radios, audio codec, power management, and speaker amplifier. Qualcomm sees the 205 Mobile Platform as a plug-and-play solution for device maker to bring ultra-low-cost feature phones to emerging markets.
Samsung Says Bixby 2.0 to Be Open and Ubiquitous
Samsung today announced a major update to its Bixby personal assistant service. Samsung calls Bixby 2.0 a "bold reinvention" of the platform that will be available not only on phones, but other smart devices, such as TVs, refrigerators, and speakers.
Qualcomm Reveals Artificial Intelligence Engine for Devs
Qualcomm today announced the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine, a package of hardware and software components meant to help developers bring AI-assisted apps and services to Qualcomm-powered handsets. The AI Engine is supported on the Snapdragon 845, 835, 820, and 660 mobile platforms, though it shines brightest on the 845, which has its own AI processing built in.