Google to finally launch its new AR platform at MWC?

Augmented Reality has been a buzzword for about a year now, even more so since Apple launched its ARKit with its latest iPhones. It’s basically a platform, which allows developers to tap into the iPhones’ Augmented Reality capabilities and allow them to put virtual objects in the world observed by the phone’s camera.

The applications can vary — from your own digital ruler to putting virtual IKEA furniture in your room before you decide to buy, or just to placing stickers and 3D emoji that are more realistically positioned in the world. Augmented Reality can be used …

Sonic games on Android platform may have leaked user location data, SEGA investigating

Last week, security company Pradeo issued a statement that claimed many of SEGA’s Sonic games listed on Google Play Store are leaking user location data and device info. Among the mentioned titles – Sonic Dash, Sonic the Hedgehog Classic, and Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom are said to have security issues that could have affected between 120 million and 600 million users.

Those numbers are mostly based on the number of downloads each of these games have accumulated on the Google Play Store, so their accuracy might be a bit off.

According to Pradeo, each of these games have 15 vulnerabilities …

Google invests in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform

Google has invested an undisclosed sum in Chinese game live-streaming platform Chushou, bringing the start-up’s total funding to north of $120 million, Reuters reported. Founded in 2015, Chushou is an e-sports and streaming service that lets users live stream games from their smartphones. The platform has an estimated total of 8 million streamers and 250,000 live streams a day.
Live streaming and e-sports platforms are growing in popularity in Asia, and the world as a whole, and Google’s investment comes as no surprise. The U.S. company’s aim is to expand Chushou’s …

Qualcomm wants TSMC to produce Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, not Samsung?

For the last few years, Samsung has been the company churning out high-end chipsets designed by Qualcomm. This would include the Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821 and the Snapdragon 835 chipsets. And while there has been some talk about another chip manufacturer taking over for Samsung to produce the Snapdragon 845, it appears as though Sammy won’t be replaced until the Snapdragon 855 is rolling off of an assembly line.

It’s not as though TSMC  hadn’t produced Qualcomm designed chipsets before. The Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 chipsets were both made by TSMC off of Qualcomm designs. …

Fitbit smartwatch to run its own app platform at launch

Fitbit is clearly readying its own smartwatch for the end of the year, but the wearable is said to have missed quite a few deadlines. The good news is as time goes by we’re learning more about Fitbit’s smartwatch and some of the information comes through official channels, probably in order to keep up the hype.

After the big “leak” happened back in May when we got a look at what the Fitbit smartwatch might look like, we’re now given to opportunity to learn more about the software running on the wearable.

It appears that Fitbit chief executive officer James …

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform for wearables and IoT

Chipset makes Qualcomm made quite a few announcements at MWC Shanghai earlier today, which revealed the upcoming availability of new platforms for smartphones, wearables and IoT (Internet of Things).

Since we’ve already reported about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, let’s take a look at what the U.S. company has to offer for the wearable market.

The new Snapdragon Wear 1200 complements the existing Snapdragon Wear 1100 and Snapdragon Wear 2100 platforms but brings a couple of new features into the mix.

First of all, the platform includes an LTE system-on-chip (SoC), …

Skype update bring its version of "Stories" and much more to the platform

An update to Skype has added new features and designs, some of which are already in place on other messaging apps. For example, Skype Highlights allows you to follow a week’s worth of photos posted by friends and family. Sound familiar, anyone? You can also use emoticons and stickers to convey your emotions, or to call attention to a particular photo or message. In addition, you can change the background colors of your messages.

The chat screen has been divided into three tabs called Find, Chat and Capture. With Find, you can share content from another app without having to leave …

Google's Android platform distribution for April 2017 shows Nougat is nearly at 5%

Android Nougat doesn’t seem to be able to become Google’s dominant mobile platform almost six months after its official launch. But that’s no wonder considering Android Lollipop still has the largest market share on the market.

According to the data collected during a 7-day period ending on April 3, Android Nougat accounts for 4.9% market share. The smaller market share listed by Google, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich have as low as 0.9% market share each.

Even Jelly Bean, an Android version launched five years ago is used more often than Nougat, as the …

Qualcomm reveals the first chipset of its new Mobile platform

This morning, Qualcomm announced its new entry-level 205 platform at a launch event held in New Delhi. The new SoC is designed to provide 4G LTE services and connectivity for budget phones sold in emerging markets such as Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America.

As we’re looking at a system chip that is made with the intention of being present in sub-$50 mass-market phones, the specs aren’t anything to write home about. The features of the 205 chipset include a Dual Core CPU at 1.1GHz, an Adreno 304 GPU, capabilities of supporting a 480p VGA display at 60 frames …

Qualcomm: Snapdragon is now a platform, not a processor

Qualcomm said today that over the upcoming months, it plans on changing the brand positioning of its products. It is starting with the Snapdragon processor. Qualcomm itself notes that it has embraced the use of the word processor to explain how the Snapdragon chip powers advanced devices. But Qualcomm says that the term processor is now inadequate. Snapdragon represents more than just the CPU. “It’s an anthology of technology, comprising hardware, software, and services that are not fully captured in a word like processor,” says Qualcomm.

So going forward, Snapdragon now refers to a platform …