Archive for the ‘Qualcomm’ Category
We still haven’t heard what happened to the HTC Glacier, but the GLBenchmark database brings word of another mysterious high-end phone from Taiwan — the HTC Shooter, which is very likely equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm processor. The “PG86100” certainly identifies itself as carrying a speedy new Adreno 220 GPU, which is typically paired with twin processing units, and should help push plenty of pixels to the 960 x 540 screen that’s presently displaying Android Gingerbread 2.3.2. All in all, it sounds a lot like the rumored HTC Pyramid for T-Mobile — except this one’s apparently destined for Sprint. Could it be the EVO 3D, or something wholly different? We’ll likely find out next week at CTIA 2011.
Update: The HTC Glacier actually reappeared as the T-Mobile myTouch 4G — that second-gen 1GHz Snapdragon CPU (at a time when other handsets ran the same Scorpion core at 800MHz) was responsible for the high scores we saw. [Thanks, Mitch]
This prototype LG Revolution may be the only Android phone actually capable of streaming Netflix at the moment, but there’s nothing keeping you from giving it a go — some enterprising hacker extracted a full system dump from the Revolution this week, tossed it to AndroidSPIN, and @al3xevolved subsequently pulled out the juicy Netflix innards. The app’s APK is now freely available on the web, though we’ll warn you that it isn’t good for much — you can browse and add items to your queue, but should you try to play a video the app will inform you that it “could not reach the Netflix service.” The question is, will Netflix simply flip a switch to turn streaming on, or is it waiting for DRM authentication from a Qualcomm MSM8655 processor?
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
We’re willing to bet Qualcomm’s Adreno 220 GPU is an abstract concept to most readers, but we can put it into perspective real quick — here it is in the HP TouchPad, pumping pixels and mapping textures to a seriously stunning little air combat game. We got our hands on the webOS 3.0 tablet and gave Polarbit’s Armageddon Squadron II a whirl at GDC 2011, and the
experience felt pretty solid overall, framerate only dipping significantly when unleashing a hefty barrage of rockets upon your foes. What’s more, the tablet easily — and automatically — paused our game when flexing webOS’s multitasking muscle to check a text message that had just come in. What’s that you say? You’re wondering how the HP TouchPad does text messages? Well, it doesn’t quite — it requires a webOS smartphone paired via Bluetooth to share the cellular modem for texts and calls. But you knew that already, right?
Armageddon Squadron wasn’t the only title Qualcomm had handy to show off the power of the Adreno 220, though, as SouthEnd Interactive’s Desert Winds seems to be the feather in the company’s cap. It’s a 3D action-adventure title starring some very fancy lighting effects for a mobile game — not to mention a buxom female swordslinger who dredges up memories of ATI’s Ruby. See that after the break!
Update: Adreno 220 is actually a single-core GPU, part of the dual-core Snapdragon 8×60 system-on-a-chip.
Lenovo’s ready to get specific with dates now that Google’s got itself an honest to goodness tablet OS. A company spokesman said that its LePad tablet — first announced by that name back in June 2010 but previewed at CES all the way back in January 2010 — will ship in its home country of China in March before making its way to the global stage in June. Unfortunately, Lenovo isn’t saying anything about final specs or which countries are first on its list — we already knew it was coming to the US in 2011. The company’s also not talking price. Last time we saw LePad in January it was sporting Android 2.2 with a custom “LeOS” skin riding a 1.3GHz Snapdragon processor and 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel display with a price just north of $500. Question is: will Lenny set it free with vanilla Honeycomb or will it feel compelled to apply the LeOS skin in order to avoid becoming just another Android tablet?
Consider it a mystery solved. Throughout the week here in Barcelona, we’ve spent an inordinate amount of time chasing down suits from LG, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Verizon Wireless to answer one simple question: “What’s up with the processor in the Revolution?” If you’ll recall, NVIDIA actually sent one of its own to Verizon’s LTE press event at CES 2011, specifically to bust out a Revolution and gloat about the Tegra 2 chip within (video’s after the break if you don’t believe us). As it stood, it seemed as if the Thunderbolt and Revolution would be butting heads from a CPU standpoint, with the former definitively sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655. And then, came the confusion. We showed up at Qualcomm’s booth here at Mobile World Congress to see which phone it was using to demonstrate the recently unveiled Netflix-on-Android support — lo and behold, LG’s Revolution was the handset of choice. Obviously, there had to be a new Snapdragon processor within, as only the newest of the new will have the necessary DRM libraries at a hardware level that are necessary to pass muster with the MPAA.
After venturing over to LG’s booth, we were also able to confirm that the only Revolution it knew of was boasting a Qualcomm CPU, and the shot above (which was sourced from there) proves it. We also confirmed with Verizon Wireless’ paperwork that the version it’s expecting in the next month or so will ship with Qualcomm inside. Finally, NVIDIA refused to comment on the matter, simply suggesting that we contact LG for more details. Put all of that together, and we’re able to come to two main conclusions. First off, it seems as if LG yanked support for the Tegra 2 at some point between CES and MWC — right around four weeks. Hard to say if there were reliability issues, an unsatisfactory amount of power drain, or just irreconcilable differences between the two CEOs (joking, of course). Secondly, it’s reasonably safe to assume that Verizon’s Revolution will be the first Android handset on Big Red to stream Netflix directly, which may please those who were planning on buying one but weren’t looking forward to going without Netflix thanks to the Tegra 2 that was (presumably) slated for inclusion. Qualcomm 1, NVIDIA 0.
Update: NVIDIA finally saw fit to drop us a line and clarify a bit. Turns out, the confirmation in the video below was a gaff to begin with, as the Revolution was never going to be outfitted with NVIDIA innards. Go figure, right?
Vlad Savov contributed to this report.