A Reminder That Newer Stuff Isn't Always Better, Courtesy of Qualcomm

Every six months or so, mobile processing giant Qualcomm announces its latest and greatest Snapdragon processor, a piece of silicon that will find its way into the newest Android handset, making your life faster and better and so much higher-resolution than the old, crummy Snapdragon. Only, in the case of Snapdragon… » 4/24/15 1:43pm Yesterday 1:43pm

This Drone's Brain Is Just a Run-of-the-Mill Smartphone 

Like with many technologies, drones and quadcopters are getting cheaper and cheaper as they get smarter and more capable. And as Dr. Vijay Kumar and a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently demonstrated, the average consumer smartphone is now more than powerful enough to serve as an… » 4/09/15 3:40pm 4/09/15 3:40pm

Snapdragon 810: Your Next Phone's Brains Are Way More Than Just Fast

A new year means a new flagship smartphone brain, and Qualcomm has detailed some of the most fun features of its upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip, which will start popping up in Android and Windows phones next year. It's faster, and it supports better graphics sure, but it also has other tricks up its sleeve. Here's what… » 12/12/14 9:00am 12/12/14 9:00am

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 is 2014's Must-Have Mobile Chipset

The Snapdragon 800's had a good run, powering some (bordering on all) of the Android flagship models for the last year. Now there's an upgrade. Larger camera sensor support, Ultra HD video capture and a headline maximum clockspeed increase to 2.45GHz are the next-phone boasts of the Snapdragon 801. » 2/24/14 6:15am 2/24/14 6:15am

The First 64-Bit Snapdragon Processor Won't Be in a Phone You'll Want

Apple started a wave when it announced its new A7 processor--the brain of all its flagship products—would be 64-bit. Competitors have been keen to catch up, and now Qualcomm's making its move with the new Snapdragon 410, the first 64-bit chip in the line. The catch? It's for low and midrange phones. » 12/09/13 4:47pm 12/09/13 4:47pm

Report: The Next Amazon Kindle Fires Will Have Blazing Snapdragon Guts

BGR is reporting that the next batch of Amazon Kindle Fires will run a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked "at about" 2GHz. It's hard to believe that Amazon would go with Qualcomm's top chipset on a tablet that's supposed to compete as a cheaper alternative to the iPad. Extreme overkill, much? On the other… » 7/30/13 10:28am 7/30/13 10:28am