Is Apple About To Ditch Qualcomm Chips?

The spat between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm just keeps getting nastier and nastier, and apparently Apple may finally have had enough of it.


According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is already busy designing iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm components.


Instead, future phones may be packed with chips from Qualcomm rivals Intel and MediaTek. Qualcomm stock dropped by almost 8% today in the wake of the news.


The report claims that the final straw for Apple was when Qualcomm allegedly decided to withhold the software needed to test Qualcomm’s own chips on Apple’s prototype devices.


These are but new chapters in a long series of unfortunate events. Qualcomm’s move was likely prompted by Apple’s recent $1 billion lawsuit against the chipmaker in which it claimed it has “nothing to do with” technologies that Qualcomm was seeking royalty payments for.


Apple then decided to stop making licensing payments to Qualcomm, which led to a massive drop in revenue for Qualcomm. Qualcomm has tried to ban the sale of select iPhones in the US, and has also begun an attempt to get iPhone sales banned in China.


For all the animosity, though, Qualcomm sounds almost ready to make amends in its statement to The Wall Street Journal, which was in response to the question of whether Apple was redesigning its phones specifically because Qualcomm didn’t send the testing software. Qualcomm sent the same response to TechRadar, but referenced the WSJ’s question.


“The Qualcomm modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple,” the statement read. “We are committed to supporting Apple?EU?s new devices consistent with our support of all others in the industry. Qualcomm?EU?s wireless solutions remain the gold standard for premium tier smartphones.”

Tough Break


The mixed messages aren’t all that surprising….
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Vodafone updates plans to make life simpler

Vodafone updates plans to make life simpler
After the launch of the O2 Generation Flex and their very own “Youth network” (Vox), Vodafone have announced a new set of fresh ideas to add a bit more flexibility.

First, something called “Vodafone Passes”. These let contract customer use some data-intensive apps without chopping away at their data allowance. There’s different types of passes, including a “Chat Pass” for £3 per month which includes your Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber chat data. Other examples include a £5 per month “Social Pass” for your Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter; a “Music Pass” for the same price which lets you have data-free Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime
Music plus a “Video Pass” at £7 each month which gives Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, DisneyLife, Vevo, My5, YouTube, UKTV Play and
TVPlayer access. All of this without any data usage.

You can also have all four passes in one for £15 per month, letting you stream, chat, listen and socialise as much as you want.

Meanwhile, Pay as you go customers can now make calls, send texts and go online without spending more than £1 a day. Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO, tells us..

With Pay as you go 1, we’re ripping up the existing pay as you go rulebook, so that customers can use their phones knowing they won’t pay for what they don’t need, and they’ll never pay more than £1 a day.

The network has also improved insurance plans for their contract customers, adding AppleCare services to iPhone plans when insurance is purchased. There’s also a 2-year warranty.

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  • Cricket to Sell Alcatel QuickFlip Feature Phone for $30

    Cricket Wireless today announced the pending availability of the QuickFlip, a simple feature phone made by Alcatel. The QuickFlip is already being sold by AT&T as the Cingular Flip 2. It includes a 2.8-inch screen, 1,350mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 512 MB of memory and 4 GB of storage, and a 2-megapixel camera. The phone includes support for WiFi and LTE, and can make VoLTE-based HD Voice calls over Cricket’s cellular network. Other features include a loud speakerphone, FM radio, productivity apps (calendar, calculator, email), GPS, Bluetooth, and color outer display. The Alcatel QuickFlip goes on sale November 10 for $30.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Unlocked Blu S1 Compatible with Most U.S. Carriers

    Blu Products recently announced the S1, an inexpensive Android smartphone that’s available unlocked from Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. One of the chief benefits of the S1 is its wide compatibility with U.S. LTE networks. It supports AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, as well as their prepaid services including Cricket Wireless, Boost/Virgin Mobile, MetroPCS, and Verizon Prepaid. Blu says it also offers SIM kits for the S1 from Tracfone, Net10, and H2O. The S1 features a curved glass front with metallic paint on the smooth rear panel. The 5.2-inch display offers 720p HD resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the phone is powered by an octa-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek 6750 processor with 2 GB of RAM. The main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and an LED flash, while the front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Other features include Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS, and WiFi; 16 GB of storage and support for microSD memory cards; front-mounted fingerprint sensor; and a 2,800mAh battery. The Blu S1 runs Android 7 Nougat and is available online for $130 from Amazon and $180 from Best Buy.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!

    Nokia, currently owned by HMD Global, is trying to make the next breed of handsets relive the glory days of strong battery life. This is something that has not been possible with the current era of smartphones. The new Nokia 2, which is due for release in the UK next year around £99, boasts a 4100 mAh battery to give you the power you need for more than one day of typical usage.

    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!

    Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, tells us..

    People rely on their phones so much these days with many people subconsciously rationing their battery life when out and about so they can last the day. We don’t think you should have to do less with your phone which is why we created a smartphone that can power through when other devices need a pit stop.

    With the Nokia 2, we wanted to replicate the unique Android experience we’ve delivered so far with the long-lasting battery which so many fans associate and expect from their Nokia phones. To make this a reality, every component of the Nokia 2- from the display to battery, chipset to system design – has been engineered to draw as little power as possible from the huge battery to give fans a long-lasting phone they can rely on.

    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!
    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!
    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!
    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!
    Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!

    Nokia 2 will run Android with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, so for a cheaper handset it is packed with great features. The handset will have a 5 inch screen, 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, which is great for £99! The Nokia 2 will be available in Pewter/Black, Pewter/White and Copper/Black.

    The Specifications:

    1. Networks:
      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
      • WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8
      • LTE: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40
    • Network: LTE Cat. 4, 150Mbps DL/50Mbps UL, VoLTE, Video Calling, VoWiFi
    • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform
    • OS: Android Nougat
    • RAM: RAM 1GB DDR3
    • Storage: 8GB e-MMC (up to 128GB with MicroSD card)
    • Display: 5.0” HD 1280 x 720 LTPS LCD, In-Cell Touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
    • Camera:
      • Primary camera: 8MP auto focus with LED flash
      • Front-facing camera: 5MP fixed focus
    • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, FM/(RDS)
    • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass
    • Battery: 4100 mAh
    • SIM slot: 2 Nano-SIM + 1 uSD slot (Dual SIM) / Nano-SIM + 1 uSD slot (Single SIM)
    • Input/output: Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm audio jack
    • Dimensions: 143.5 x 71.3 x 9.30 mm

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  • Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter – Review

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review
    They call it a quadcopter. I’m gonna call it a drone. This drone, though, has considerably less “faff” about it than most drones, and it’s less than £40, which really isn’t bad at all.

    When it arrives, you’ll notice that the remote control is far bigger than the drone. You’ll also notice that the two tiny instruction booklets are next to useless. I perhaps saw something about adjusting the pitch and something else about how to steer it, but there’s nothing in there about how to launch the thing. From what I could make out (after a bit of playing around), the left stick controls the lift and the rotation, the right stick does the tilt forwards and to the side. The buttons surrounding the control sticks appear to to some flash tricks but to be honest I was just grateful to find that one of the two centre buttons (under the power button) made it take off.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    To get it ready for flight, you simply pull out the propellers, which are on the end of the arms. You do this one at a time and they click out into place. You also get 4 additional propellers should you need it.

    For this review, just to prove how easy it is to fly, I got my son to do all the flying. He’s going to help in the videos you’ll see in a moment.

    First though, to charge the thing, and you’ll find a 3.7V 500mAh battery under the drone which you pull out and charge via a standard USB cable. There’s an integrated LED within the power plug so that you can see if it’s finished charging.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    The drone, when the arms are pushed in, easily fitted into my coat pocket. It also comes with a little pouch too.

    One thing I should highlight is the clip which attaches to the remote control. This hold your phone and, although you can use the supplied remote to control the craft, you can also use your smartphone to fly the Eachine E52 around. This means you can leave the remote at home and carry just the drone and your phone. Ultra portable.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    To get the drone hooked up with your smartphone, you simply turn it on and then use your phone to connect to the WiFi hotspot it pumps out. This is all done via an app called “JY UFO” which is downloadable via a QR link in the manual, or you could just search for it.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    After charging the drone (and again, you can do this from any USB port, so if you take a portable battery pack with you, you’ll get multiple flights from this), it’s just a matter of either leaving the remote at home and using your phone to control the drone or, if you wish, taking the remote with you and clipping the phone into it. If you do the latter, you’ll see live footage from the in-built camera on the drone. You can snap photos and record video while it’s in the air. This will get magically beamed to your phone.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    Flying the thing, and I’ll be honest here, is remarkably easy. It auto-levels and hovers in place so you don’t have to worry about keeping it steady. We did have a bit of trouble battling against the wind in an open field, and had to maintain a full tilt to push against the breeze, but it still became ridiculously easy to fly, as you’ll see from the third flight my son did below. This really was just the third time he’d ever used it..

    The on-board camera isn’t exactly the best in the world, but it will give you that birds-eye view and, as you’ll see from my rather wobbly in-house flight below, it’s interesting to watch back..

    The camera struggled a little with light and dark and is better suited to daytime outdoor footage but heck, this is less than £40 and fits in your pocket. It’s basically a VGA camera, so you get what you pay for.

    As the battery is 500mAh and the drone is having to pump out a WiFi hotspot, record footage and power those four motors, flight time is only around 8-10 minutes. That said, you can recharge from a portable battery as I mentioned before.

    Tech specs include a 6-axis gyro, a charge time of around an hour and an 80-100 metre radio control distance. Although I’ve not found the right button as yet, you can do a one key return to bring the drone back and adjust the flight speed too.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    With a bright green LED up front and a red LED at the back it’s easy to figure out which way the drone is pointing and, after a number of awkward landings and a crash into a bush, I can attest to the sturdiness of this thing too, although those small rubber bits over the LED’s were easy to pull out (they’re not important, but can be pulled out).

    Overall I did like this. It’s great for kids, it’s small enough to pop in your coat and great for a day out in the park because it’s not large enough to worry anyone. As you’ll have hopefully seen from the video above, even up-close this isn’t going to scare anyone or cause a great deal of damage.

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    Of course, after writing several times that this is “less than £40”, I’ve found that the £39.28 price-tag from the official site appears to be a US-to-UK currency calculation based on the Amazon US price. On Amazon UK it’s actually £46.99 but still, even at that price, I think it’s a sturdy, fun and cool-looking drone which is light, small and easy to control. It comes packed with technology, holding altitude and bringing features such as the ability to follow a flight track you draw on your smartphone. Not only that, but it will also do 3D flips and rolls once it’s more than 3 metres up. Just push the appropriate button and push the right joystick and it’ll rotate. Again, due to the iffy instructions I’m not entirely sure which button does this, but I’m having a huge amount of fun finding out. I’ve since found this image on the internet which helped decipher everything for me 🙂 I found the landing button!!!!

    Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter   Review

    It also has a headless mode which stops it flying away from you when you’ve got a lack of orientation on which way the drone is pointing.

    Overall, a brilliant cheap drone for beginners which will make you look like a pro, even if you’re not that brilliant at flying something like this.

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