MOBILE WORLD LIFE - Oct 14 - Qualcomm Connected Experiences is offloading the business to IoT platform company PTC for $65 million, with the new buyer pledging to continue investment and support for the platform and its developer ecosystem.
SLASH GEAR - Aug 13 - The new Adreno 530 chip, which is expected to begin appearing in devices in the first half of 2016, is likely to figure strongly in smartphones and tablets - areas in which Qualcomm already has a sizable footprint. However, ambitions for the processor are far broader than that, with specific hardware decisions made to satisfy virtual reality applications.
TECHRADAR - May 14 - "This is not a space where we do a chip, throw it over a wall and let it happen," said Pankaj Kedia, Senior director of Qualcomm's smart wearables segment. "It's the wrong way to think about it: do I leverage a phone chip or do I want to do my own chip? The wearables category is much broader than smartphones. Smartglasses will have higher GPU and camera demands than a watch; a 3G-enabled wearable will have different needs to one that requires a phone connection.
ADWEEK - Apr 27 - With the 30-year-old company's first major corporate image advertising campaign from DDB in San Francisco, Qualcomm wants to raise its profile. While previous work has focused on individual products, this brand messaging looks to humanize technology.
SEEKING ALPHA - Apr 21 - BMW’s Mini division, which are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips and its Vuforia virtual reality software are mixing together the worlds of connected cars, wearables, VR in a single demonstration, the two companies managed to both create a trifecta of the tech industry’s hottest trends and offer a different take on the near term future of wearables and connected cars.
OUTSOURCING PHARMA - Jan 19 - Novartis will use Qualcomm's cloud-based 2net platform to collect medical device data during in-home remote monitoring of clinical trial participants and will be teaming up to offer up to $100m to support early-stage firms with mobile technologies that "go beyond the pill."
NETWORK WORLD – July 24 – According to Qualcomm exec Rob Chandhok, the current device-to-cloud based model for wearables may not be the best fit. Furthermore, a full, healthy ecosystem of wearable products and services will require major efforts by multiple brands to ensure interoperability. Qualcomm is a system-on-a-chip OEM used by many smartphone manufacturers. The company released its Toq smartwatch last year.
GFORGAMES – May 21 – Qualcomm has announced that wearables powered by its chips will be available by the end of 2014. No specific details have been revealed. The wearable market is expected to grow at the rate of 78.4% a year, with 111.9 million wearable gadgets being expected to be shipped in 2018. Qualcomm chips currently power smartphones such as the Samsung Galazy S5 and the HTC One M8.
MASHABLE - May 5 - Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch has a new feature dubbed "Toq Talk." Powered by Nuance's voice-to-text technology, Toq Talk lets owners create and respond to text messages using their voices. For now, the feature is restricted to the text messaging app, and limited to nine seconds of speech input.