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Verizon announces new cloud service for Android mobile devices

May 3, 2013

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Verizon Cloud

Verizon has announced that it will be providing its own cloud storage service directly to customers. Verizon Cloud gives Android users an off-site, in-network option to supplement the storage on their mobile device. 

Verizon Cloud is currently only compatible with a limited number of Android smartphones and tablets, including several HTC and Motorola devices and a handful of tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 running on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor. The service is also accessible through the web on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Verizon says an iOS version is imminent, as well as support for additional Android devices. Cross-platform compatibility may go a long way towards popularizing it with smartphone users who use multiple devices.

The service starts users off with 500MB of free storage. Users can upgrade to 25 GB for only $3/month, though, or 125 GB for $10.

Competitors like Box, Google, and iCloud also offer applications that can be downloaded onto mobile devices, and are compatible with many more devices than Verizon Cloud is upon its launch today. Given this embedded competition, Verizon may not intend to become a large-scale cloud storage competitor with their new tool. It may be their intention to focus on adding value to their service as a cellular network.

Cloud services offered by carriers are sparse, and integration of cloud services into the network provides one advantage that customers will not overlook: the ability to keep automatic backups of text messages, call logs, and contacts. This will be extremely beneficial for customers who are consistently upgrading, losing, or changing phones.

This post is part of an ongoing series with Content Works. Stay tuned for more.

Matthew O’Connell

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Snapdragon Wear 2100 powers high-end fashion smartwatches at Baselworld

Silicon Valley met Switzerland at this year’s Baselworld, the world’s premier event for the watch and jewelry industry, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Several impressive smartwatches made their debut, all touting the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform and all powered by Android Wear 2.0. With this reliable platform and OS developed specifically for wearables, it’s no wonder high-end brands are looking beyond basic wearable functions, and combining style with technology to develop chic smartwatches fit for any lifestyle.

The superior SoC for smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2100, is an integrated, ultra-low power sensor hub. It’s 30 percent smaller than previous-generation wearable SoCs, allowing OEMs the freedom to develop thinner, sleeker product designs. And because it uses 25 percent less power than its older sibling (the Snapdragon 400), watchmakers can offer even more features and better designs.

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 comes in both tethered (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and connected (3G and 4G LTE) versions. The latter allows wearers to do more with their wearables, from streaming music to sending messages to calling a cab, in tandem with — or even without — having to bring their smartphones along.

Each of the touchscreen smartwatches included in this roundup run Android Wear 2.0, Google’s latest wearable operating system, and can pair with both iOS and Android phones. With Android Wear 2.0, users can personalize their watch faces with chronometer-style complications and create shortcuts to their favorite applications. In addition to the pre-installed Google Fit and calendar apps, more apps can be downloaded directly through the on-watch Google Play store, so wearers can customize their device to their lifestyle.

Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to your wrist. Find answers and get things done even when your hands are full. Reply to a friend, set a reminder, or ask for directions. Just hold the power button or say “OK Google”.

Check out the some of Snapdragon Wear powered smartwatches that made a splash at this year’s Baselworld:

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Snapdragon 820 powered LG V20 is a multimedia heavyweight

We expect our smartphones to do a lot at once. We ask them to zing messages back and forth, stream the latest binge-worthy TV show, play the morning pump-up song, and notify us when the bus is five minutes away—all without depleting the charge we need to make it through the day. The problem is that some phones can only perform a few of these tasks at once, and most cannot multi-task in a power-efficient manner.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the LG V20, the latest in its V series of smartphones, intends to buck that trend. It’s engineered to harness the strength and finesse of its revolutionary processor to deliver immersive multimedia and gaming, ingenious productivity settings, and the intelligent power efficiency to make it all possible.

Oh, and did we mention that the V20 is making history? It’s the first smartphone to come preloaded with both of Android’s highly anticipated technologies—7.0 Nougat operating system and Google’s In Apps phone search—out of the box. With In Apps, a breakthrough intelligent search tool, you can find content from both built-in apps (like contacts, emails, text messages, and photos), as well as from user-installed apps. It also enables you to discover recently accessed apps, people to get in touch with, messages to read, or activity across apps, without having to type a query. Additionally, Nougat allows you to see two apps at once in a split screen and drag text, images, and files from one app to another for optimal multitasking.

The LG V20 offers leading connectivity with the 820’s integrated Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which is a great fit for those who are always connected. It can support download speeds up to an incredible 600Mbps (perfect for streaming 360-degree VR videos), fast access to files in cloud storage, and quick downloads of high quality music for on-device or offline playback.

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Meet Qualcomm Centriq—the latest member in Qualcomm Technologies’ expanding family of processors

So what’s in a name? A lot, actually. A name can be descriptive, evocative, abstract, or a composite of words. From a business perspective, your product’s name is one of the many things that sets it apart from the competition. But what elevates it in order of importance is that it’s often the first clue for your customers of what the spirit of your product is and what it can do.

Today, we are pleased to announce a new name to the Qualcomm Technologies roster of products: Qualcomm Centriq—a new family of SoC processors from Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies exclusively for the server market. The name was inspired by the all-important data center market which Qualcomm’s ARM V8 Server SoC will serve.

When will Qualcomm Centriq be available? Our first generation of Qualcomm Centriq processors are on track to sample production silicon before the end of this year, as stated by Qualcomm President Derek Aberle in February 2016. We look forward to bringing you more Qualcomm Centriq product details later this year.

In addition to selecting a server processor family name, we’re pleased to announce that Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. has also been formed as a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies to aggressively pursue opportunities in the data center industry which, according to leading industry analyst research firms* as of February 2016, was forecasted SAM of $18B by 2020.

Qualcomm started out on our data center journey several years ago. Following is a snapshot of accomplishments thus far:

  • Announced to the street that Qualcomm is investing in data centers at our November 2014 analyst meeting
  • Began sampling ARMv8 custom 24-core server development platform in late 2015 to target customers and partners
  • Established several ecosystem relationships with hardware and software companies. To this end we announced strategic relationships with Xilinx to enable industry-leading heterogeneous computing solutions and with Mellanox to enable advanced, cost-effective connectivity platforms for data centers 
  • Established a joint venture with the People’s Government of Guizhou province to focus on the design, development and sale of advanced server chipset technology in China—a fast growing market which represents a significant growth area for data center solution providers
  • Established Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX) consortium—of which Qualcomm Technologies is a founding memberalong with other industry partners (with heterogeneous computing on the rise, having open compute and accelerator standards is important)

Stay tuned for more details about Qualcomm Centriq coming later this year.

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