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BlackBerry awarded over $814 million back from Qualcomm in royalty overpayments

BlackBerry is going to be getting a lot of money back from its partner Qualcomm soon. The company revealed today that the final results of an arbitration for the two companies will result in BlackBerry getting back over $ 814 million in royalty overpayments from the mobile processor maker.

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The two companies agreed to enter arbitration to settle this overpayments dispute in April 2016. At the time, BlackBerry contented that a previous contract made with Qualcomm to cap certain royalties also applied to payments made by the Canadian company, under an older license agreement. The arbitration resulted in a decision in BlackBerry’s favor. The final amount of the award, which will include items like interest and attorneys’ fees,  will be revealed after another hearing on the matter on May 30.

BlackBerry stated in a press release that it was “pleased the arbitration panel ruled in our favor”. In its own press statement, Qualcomm said that while it does not agree with how this arbitration worked out, it admitted that “it is binding and not appealable”. It added that this decision only apples to BlackBerry, and will not affect its license agreements with any other company.

This decision comes just a few months after Qualcomm got sued by Apple in January, claiming Qualcomm overcharged for the use of its patents. Earlier this week, Qualcomm countersued Apple, claiming Apple was “misrepresenting facts and making false statements.”

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Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform brings 4G to entry-level handsets

Qualcomm has unveiled a new mobile chip for entry-level handsets at a launch event in New Delhi today. The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed to bring 4G connectivity to entry-level smartphones and low cost features phones, to keep up with and accelerate demand for faster mobile data in emerging markets.

The 205 SoC comes equipped with a Category 4 LTE modem for peak download speeds of up to 150Mbps and uploads at 50Mbps, with support for dual SIMs too. There’s also Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, ANT+, and FM radio support included.

However, unlike the high performance SoCs that we may traditionally associate with Qualcomm, the 205 is designed with maximum power efficiency and low costs in mind. The SoC contains a dual core CPU configuration running at 1.1GHz and is accompanied by an unspecified Adreno GPU that can output a resolution of just 480p at 60fps. Still, Qualcomm states that the processor supports a “Linux based OS”, so presumably a cut down version of Android will run just fine. Qualcomm also mentions that the chip should be able to offer up to 34 days of standby time, 16 hours of voice calls, and 80 hours of music playback when presumably used in a low power feature phone.

“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the migration of users and networks from 2G, 2.5G,and 3G to 4G … Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries and the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before.”  –  Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm

Importantly, the chip is pin compatible with Qualcomm’s existing entry level Snapdragon 210 and 212, giving manufacturers a cost effective and convenient solution to incorporate the 205 with existing designs and technology.

According to research from IDC, feature phones remain in high demand in many countries, with 56 percent of users opting for one over a smartphone in India during 2016, and 49 percent in Vietnam. However, India’s 4G capable phone shipments are expected to accelerate from 55 percent this year to 90 percent in 2020, as consumers continue to be driven towards social media, consuming news online, making video calls, and streaming video. With the 205 SoC, Qualcomm is looking to enable local manufacturers to build these 4G devices at cost effective price points.

The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is expected to appear in its first devices come the second quarter of 2017.


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Qualcomm confirms LG G5 will use Snapdragon 820

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At this stage of the game I don’t think there’s anyone out there that doesn’t already know the upcoming LG G5 will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. But that hasn’t stopped the semiconductor maker from jumping the gun on this weekend’s announcement at MWC 2016 by confirming in a tweet that the LG G5 will use the new chipset. The tweet doesn’t specifically mention the LG G5 by name, but with LG’s only other announcements being mid-range devices, it’s obvious they’re referring to the G5.

The LG G5 has been outed in a series of leaks the last few days, from being photographed and listed for sale on Dubai’s equivalent of Craigslist, to our very own LG G5 Magic Slot module leak and the revelation of an Always on display (which we posted first, only to have LG’s social media steal our thunder a half hour later). Despite confirmation of the modules and processor, there is still some confusion surrounding the Always On display. We were told it is just like the LG V10 secondary ticker display but on the entire front screen. Other sources have claimed there is a second screen exactly like the V10, but then retracted the claim.

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There’s only a few days to go and we’re sure to see more leaks, specs and images hit the airwaves soon, so stay tuned to the LG G5 rumor roundup above and keep an eye on our constantly updated MWC 2016 page for all the latest MWC 2016 news when the event starts on Sunday.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 said to be 50% stronger than the Samsung Exynos 7420

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We know it’s unfair to compare the Samsung Exynos 7420 to a next generation high-end processor, but in this case Sammy’s chipset is serving as a benchmark that will help us get an idea of just how good the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC will be. That is, assuming the latest report is to be believed.

Analyst Pan Jiutang has published insider knowledge coming from an “upstream friend” who claims the Snapdragon 820 is going to be a massive upgrade compared to current generation flagship processors. The source claims there are insane differences between the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 7420, which is the CPU you will find in most Samsung high-end smartphones right now, including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.

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It turns out the Snapdragon 820 will be 50% more powerful than the Exynos 7420, a chip that is already known for its ample processing power (#1 in our Best Android phones post has this CPU). Furthermore, it is said even single-threading tests produce the same outcome.

qualcomm-snapdragon-820-leakGiven, these are processors from different generations, but a 50% increase doesn’t fail to impress, especially considering most upgrades tend to be gradual. It also leaves us wondering why the already powerful Snapdragon 810 would need such a huge upgrade. Especially considering people were left worried about possible overheating issues. Will that much more power warrant an equal amount of added heat? Let’s hope not!

We must also keep in mind that recent rumors say the Samsung Galaxy S7 is to feature a Snapdragon 820 processor in the USA and China. The reason is still unknown, but such happening would suggest Samsung has a basis for opting for the Snapdragon 820, as opposed to its own chips.


So far we know the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 will feature the new Adreno 530 GPU, a Hexagon 680 DSP, an improved Kryo CPU and improved  LTE/WiFi connectivity. More details will probably come as we near a release, but the real competition wills start once we start hearing more about Samsung’s upcoming processors. Until then, all we can do is look at our newest Galaxy handsets and wonder what it would be like to have 50% more power added to them.

Do you even need that much performance?

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China to impose more restrictions on companies like Qualcomm


As EETAsia reports, China’s antitrust regulators are about to impose additional restrictions on foreign companies operating inside the country within the semiconductor industry. This means that companies such as Qualcomm and other American companies will be dealing with China’s antitrust regulators on an even greater scale. China’s semiconductor market is currently the world’s largest.

The Chinese government is likely trying to slow down companies such as Qualcomm (US) and MediaTek (Taiwan) in favor of state-run companies such as Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Spreadtrum Communications. Combine that with the fact that China is already probing Qualcomm over antitrust concerns and it isn’t hard to see why Qualcomm has been forced to cut sales and profit expectations for the year.

As the Financial Times notes, the investigation into Qualcomm by the Chinese government is being done by a powerful state central planning body, with a fearsome reputation and a win rate “which if it is not 100 per cent, it’s pretty close.”



Qualcomm is not alone in dealing with China’s regulators. Whether it is Apple, IBM or Microsoft, China has “been counselling, cajoling and sometimes banning state companies and government agencies from buying US high-tech goods.”

“China seeks to strengthen such [state] companies through the anti-monopoly law and, in apparent disregard of the AML, encourages them to consolidate market power, though this is contrary to the normal purpose of competition law.” – US Chamber of Commerce, Financial Times

Considering that China owns the largest three domestic telecom service providers in China (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) and that all of them are moving to chips that are supported by Chinese vendors, many in the US continue to be skeptical of the motives of the Chinese government in their investigation of Qualcomm and other foreign corporations operating inside China.

It should also be noted that Qualcomm is far from an angel. The company was hit with a $ 20 million fine in South Korea in 2009 and was forced to renegotiate licensing agreements with Nokia and others by the European Commission in 2007.

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Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 810 is on schedule for 2015

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Qualcomm was recently under attack with claims that their upcoming Snapdragon 810 SoC had hit a snag or two, that it would be late to market. Qualcomm want’s nothing of this, confirming that the Snapdragon 810 is on track, that we have nothing to worry about.

The claims were that the Snapdragon 810 is plagued by thermal and memory issues, plus a GPU bug or two. Qualcomm’s upcoming 64-bit SoC will be their first processing unit built on their newest 20nm architecture.

Qualcomm hasn’t specifically addressed the individual claims, but they were quick to respond to Fudzilla, assuring them that the Snapdragon 810 should be available on devices in the first half of 2015. Senior Director of Public Relations for Qualcomm, Jon Carvill, offered the assurances.

I can tell you that everything with Snapdragon 810 remains on track and we expect commercial devices to be available in 1H 2015.
Jon Carvill

This is great news for manufacturers like Samsung and LG, who are said to be building their next flagships, that’s the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, with the Snapdragon 810 SoC.

We have seen a few 64-bit chipsets on the market already, with the NVIDIA Tegra K1, which can be found mostly in tablets, like the Nexus 9, and a handful of lower-end Qualcomm SoCs, like the Snapdragon 410 in devices like the HTC Desire 510. The Snapdragon 810, however, promises to usher in a new level of overall processor performance for the next generation of flagship Android phones.

Be sure to check out our previous coverage of 64-bit processors, Qualcomm’s roadmap for 2015 and a bit about the current high-end 64-bit SoC options.

What do you say, will you be buying into the latest devices running the Snapdragon 805, or will you hold off another few months to get into the Snapdragon 810?

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