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Qualcomm Announces The Mid-Range Snapdragon 617 And 430 Processors

Isn't technology just fascinating? Don't you remember a few years ago when the first dual-core and quad-core mobile processors were announced, and we all marveled at the progress but wondered why would we ever need this much power in a smartphone? Fast forward a few years and we're already considering octa-core processors as "midrange", like these newly announced Snapdragon chipsets.

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First is the Snapdragon 617, coming before the end of 2015 with an X8 LTE modem (Cat 7 for up to 300 Mbps downlink and 100Mpbs uplink) and dual Image Signal Processor (ISP) for cameras up to 21MP. Both features are similar to its Snapdragon 618 and 620 siblings and would allow OEMs faster software compatibility optimization if they've already implemented them.

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Qualcomm Reveals The Connectivity Features Of Its Upcoming Snapdragon 820: X12 LTE Modem, 802.11ad WiFi, And Improved Performance In Metallic Devices

After several faux-pas with its previous flagship processor, the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm has been plotting its redemption scheme with a worthy successor, the 820. The chipset was announced at MWC 2015, but not much was known back then except the 64-bit CPU architecture, the FinFET design, and a slew of potential multimedia capabilities. We later learned that the Snapdragon 820 will have a new Adreno 530 GPU, which is 40% faster and 40% less power hungry than the Adreno 430 GPU included in the 810.

Now the company is back with more details regarding the Snapdragon 820, revealing its connectivity featureset, and it's a doozy.

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Qualcomm Introduces Quick Charge 3.0: 27% Faster And 38% More Power Efficient Than Quick Charge 2.0

For the past few years, we have been struggling against the limits of battery technology in our devices. The more powerful they become, the more we want to use them, but battery capacity never caught up with our demands, so we keep finding ourselves with smartphones that mostly just barely make it through the day. To remedy this, Qualcomm introduced Quick Charge, a faster way to charge your device's battery so that you can get back to using it as soon as possible and with as little interruption as necessary.

Quick Charge has been through two iterations and Qualcomm just announced version 3.0, which adopts a new algorithm to improve speed and efficiency.

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38 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (9/1/15 - 9/14/15)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Goat Simulator MMO Simulator

Android Police coverage: [Yo Dawg] Coffee Stain Studios Heard You Like Simulators, So They Made 'Goat Simulator MMO Simulator'

Have you ever wanted to play an MMO game without having to deal with other humans?

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Russian Anti-Monopoly Agency Rules Against Google For Pre-Loading Gapps On Phones, Plans To Issue Fine

Google is not the largest search provider in Russia, but that didn't stop market leader Yandex from filing an anti-monopoly complaint against Google earlier this year. Now the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has quite predictably sided with Yandex. According to FAS, Google illegally required Android device makers in Russia to include its apps and services alongside the Play Store.

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[Update: It Does] The OnePlus 2 Camera Might Not Have Optical Image Stabilization As Claimed [Video]

OnePlus made a big deal of the camera in the OnePlus 2. There's a whole page on its website to brag about features like laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. However, some owners on the OnePlus forums have been raising concerns about whether or not the image stabilization is even enabled right now.

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Motorola Connect Update Lets You Change The Moto 360's Charging Color And Sport Several New Watch Faces

 

The Motorola Connect app isn't required to use a Moto 360, but it's what you need to install in order to tweak some of the device's default watch faces.

The latest update adds four more to the list, along with the ability to change the color of the smartwatch's charging screen from the default blue. There are five to choose from altogether: blue, red, green, purple, and yellow.

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Spigen F300 Wireless Charger Review: Look Out, TYLT

When it comes to wireless charging, TYLT is generally the first name that comes to my mind, as the VU has been my primary charger for Qi-enabled devices since...well, for a long time. I prefer the stand-like design of the VU over that of chargers that lie flat, as it just makes it easier to look over and see my phone without having to actually pick it up (does that make me lazy?).

When I saw the new F300 Wireless Charger from Spigen ($50, $27 on Amazon) - which shares a lot of the same design elements that I love about the VU - I knew I had to check it out.

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LG Is Having An Event On October 1st, Probably To Announce The Dual-Display V10

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EvolveSMS 4.0 Comes With An Android Wear App, Fingerprint Authentication, Marshmallow Support, And More

The SMS app that comes with new phones tends to suck in one way or another. Why is the interface so ugly? Bah, switching between conversations is so awkward. Samsung, what are you doing? Motorola, the old Messaging app no longer feels stock―it just feels old.

When you ask a friend for good alternatives, don't be surprised if you hear them mention EvolveSMS. Not only is the app pretty, the combination of using the side panel to list conversations and swiping left or right to switch between them is just plain convenient.

Now version 4.0 is here. Unfortunately, you're not going to get to enjoy most new features just yet without the right hardware.

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