Qualcomm and Adobe Optimize Flash for SnapDragon
Qualcomm and Adobe today announced that the companies have created an optimized version of Flash to run on Qualcomm's SnapDragon processors. The optimization will help deliver improved Flash performance on both high-end smartphones and more mid-range handsets. The MSM8x55, which targets high-end Android smartphones and tablets, will now be able to playback Flash content in HD. The 800MHz MSM7x27, which targets mid-range handsets, will now be able to run Flash video in the browser, as well as run casual games, applications, videos, and other Flash-based content. Qualcomm and its partners are demonstrating the new features this week, but they haven't said when end-users can expect to see the improvements.
Qualcomm Teases High-End Smartphone for CES
Qualcomm today suggested a new high-end smartphone is on deck for a big CES reveal. The company tweeted, "A new Snapdragon 800 powered smartphone is launching next week," along with an image and hashtag for the Consumer Electronics Show.
Microsoft and Qualcomm to Bring Windows 10 to ARM-Based Snapdragon Processors
Microsoft and Qualcomm plan to make Windows 10 run on Qualcomm's next-generation, ARM-based Snapdragon processors. The idea is to enable full PC functionality on cellular-connected devices of varying form factors.
Qualcomm Intros New Snapdragon 600 and 400 Processors
Qualcomm today announced new Snapdragon application processors for mid-range and volume mobile devices. The Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626, and Snapdragon 427 are all paired with Qualcomm's X9 LTE modem with Cat 7 download (300Mbps) and Cat 13 upload (150Mbps) speeds; 2x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation; 64-QAM on the uplink; and VoLTE with Enhanced Voice Services.
Qualcomm Acquires Wilocity, Adds WiGig to Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm announced that it has acquired Wilocity, a company that develops advanced Wi-Fi technology. Wilocity is among the first to adopt WiGig, which is 60GHz Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard.