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February 2012 (15)

HTML5: Friending the Mobile Web

Back in the fall of 2010, we did a post on the value of HTML5 for Web developers -- how it brings standards-based features to the browser and consistency to the Web application environment: HTML5: Back to the Future Fragmentation?

Feb 27, 2012 by Rob Chandhok

Showcasing the future of 3G/4G at MWC

Over the last few months, we were hard at work on envisioning, developing, prototyping and testing the newest enhancements of 3G/4G technologies. And now, we are proud to say that we’re ready to demonstrate them in the flesh. However, you will have to wait until Feb 27th to see them live in action!

Feb 24, 2012 by Prakash Sangam

Qualcomm Introduces BRITE and GridView for Snapdragon

If the major theme for mobile devices this year isn’t reducing battery drain, it should be. How often do you glance down at your phone or tablet halfway through the day, only to notice that most of its battery life is drained after letting it sit untouched the whole time? While there are many potential culprits that reduce battery life, the biggest one is the display. In fact, Android devices have a battery usage monitor that tells you exactly what’s eating up all the battery life, with the screen being responsible for most of it. Most users are left to manually dial down the brightness or let the OS control the brightness settings, but why should they even have to worry about this? Why can’t these technologies be baked right into the device? Snapdragon S4 brings two innovative solutions to this problem and makes them completely invisible to the user.
Feb 23, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Snapdragon S4 Handles 5.1 Surround Sound Capture and Playback

Audio is arguably the most overlooked component in mobile devices, because users assume audio fidelity is limited to a pair of small speakers and boilerplate headphone jack. What you may not realize is that a device as small as a Smartphone can be directly plugged into a sophisticated home theater system and that a mobile processor can drive the latest in Dolby, DTS, and SRS high fidelity audio.. The latest Snapdragon S4 processors brings the 5.1 surround sound theatre experience to mobile devices.
Feb 22, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

S4’s Adreno GPU: More than Just Gaming

The term Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) is often spoken in the same breath as gaming applications. A powerful GPU is directly responsible for smooth gameplay, high frame rates, and enhanced scenes with jaw-dropping effects. While the Adreno 225, the GPU component found in the Snapdragon S4 processor, is designed to render the most complex scenes in any given game, it also lends itself to some pretty impressive technologies and use cases that can be executed with an S4-equipped device.
Feb 21, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

The Snapdragon S4’s Adreno GPU takes Graphics to the Next Level

The ability to render with a GPU on mobile devices has created a world of possibilities for game, web, and graphics developers, as offloading graphics rendering from the CPU can free up valuable system resources. The embedded GPU found in the latest Snapdragon processors is custom-built by Qualcomm and aptly named the Adreno series, because it’s analogous to applying a shot of pure adrenaline to any graphics intensive task. With the latest S4 processors, the Adreno 225 takes center-stage with a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation Adreno 220 and is roughly 7.5 times faster than the first generation Adreno 200.
Feb 21, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Snapdragon S4 Camera Revealed

There’s been a lot of buzz about our Snapdragon S4 processor leading into Mobile World Congress 2012. It’s already well known that the S4 is the first mobile processor built using a 28nm process and the first to integrate 4G LTE, made possible because our chips are custom-designed from the ground up using the ARM instruction set. What hasn’t been fully revealed yet, however, are some of the finer details about the S4 and its many components which empower all the fun multimedia tasks that the average person can do with a mobile device.

Feb 17, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

HDR Photography on an S4 Smartphone

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a popular technique that blends a series of photos taken at different exposures and combining them into one image that looks slightly out of this world, similar to a 3D scene taken from a video game. It’s an attempt to overcome the limited dynamic range of most camera sensors, developing a full range of tones that, at most, only real human eyeballs can detect. Ordinarily, HDR enthusiasts would use an expensive DSLR camera and process these photos on a separate system using expensive editing software. But equipped with a powerful mobile processor, multiple photos taken at different exposures and software post-processing can all be done on a single device as small as a smartphone.

Feb 17, 2012 by Francisco Cheng

Spectrum Legislation Now Is a Win-Win-Win-Win

Should spectrum legislation be included in the payroll tax cut extension? Or should it be used as an offset for an extension of unemployment insurance and the so-called “medicare doc fix?” Or maybe it should be enacted as a stand alone bill. Or how about yes to all the above?

Feb 15, 2012 by Alice Tornquist

One Key Take-away from Davos this year: Don’t Forget the Teachers!

While attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland a couple of weeks back, I was able to engage with people from all over the world and exchange perspectives on a wide variety of topics. I have long advocated that wireless is an ideal platform for advancing education and providing students with always on, always connected educational content

Feb 7, 2012 by Peggy Johnson

Dr. E-Book: Fashioning A New Hope for Korean Education

I’ve met quite a few extraordinary people over the years, but just a few months ago I met an interesting and charismatic man whose story is as compelling as his vision is clear. Dr. Dae-Hun Sung, also known in Korea as “Dr. E-Book,” is the leader of the Kyobo eReader project for Kyobo Book Centre.

Feb 7, 2012

mirasol Display Technology at CES 2012: Contextual Chaos

Each year at the beginning of January, technology enthusiasts clamor to be the first to touch, tweet, blog, gossip and play with the latest toys, devices and technology. The Consumer Electronics Show—or simply “CES” to the initiated—plays host to the world of consumer electronics. To the uninitiated, it’s pure chaos.

Feb 2, 2012

Qualcomm Applauds Release of Digital Textbook Playbook

At Qualcomm, we believe that America’s students should have the same 24/7 access to their learning communities that we have in our work lives. Today, the FCC and the U.S. Department of Education took a big step towards making that a reality with the release of the Digital Textbook Playbook.

Feb 1, 2012 by Dean Brenner

Wireless Fitness Challenge II – Executive Update

A few weeks ago the Qualcomm Life team launched the second Qualcomm Wireless Fitness Challenge (QWFC II), during which our executive team is competing over eight weeks to lose weight and increase activity. By using wireless health and fitness devices to monitor progress with real-time feedback loops, participants are learning to proactively manage their health based on this information.
Feb 1, 2012 by Rick Valencia

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