23 Jul Ookla Data Shows Unsurprisingly That Qualcomm-Based Smartphone Wireless Faster Than Apple iPhone’s

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OOKLA (OOKLA) Qualcomm issued some Ookla Speedtest data today that should surprise absolutely no one who understands modem and carrier network technology. Ookla’s recently-released user data showed that Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-based Android smartphones with the X20 modem outperformed the Apple iPhone X/8/7 between 192% and 11% on a variety of carrier network tests. The Ookla […]

06 Jul Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ Refines The Smartphone Formula

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The new Samsung Galaxy S9+.ANSHEL SAG I have been spending a lot of time with Samsung Electronics ’s latest phone, the Galaxy S9+. I’ve been carrying it, as well as the Apple iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro, and Google  Pixel 2 XL, all around the world with me. Out of all of these, the phone that […]

25 Jun Why I Switched To The Samsung Galaxy S9+ As My Primary Phone

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Photo Source: Anshel Sag As a technology industry analyst, I form parts of my opinions on the status and future possibilities of technology by using various devices. I did tech products, strategy, and marketing for over 20 years before I started my analyst firm, so that’s to be expected. I use one new product (phone, […]

19 Apr Apple’s New iPhone Recycling Robot ‘Daisy’ Is Impressive, And In Austin

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Apple is one of those companies I affiliate with doing everything it can reasonably do to protect the environment. This is tough, as electronics use materials in components like batteries that, at the end of life, can end up in landfills that could be harmful to the environment.  Also, electronics use much energy in their […]

13 Mar MWC 2018 Sets The Record Straight On 5G

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Source: GSMA Mobile World Congress Barcelona is the premier mobile technology show of the year, where all the premier suppliers have an opportunity to show off their chops and convince the rest of the industry that they know what they’re doing. This year’s show was particularly significant in that it was the last big opportunity […]

09 Mar 360 Cameras Are Hard, Insta360 Makes Them Look Easy

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Source: Anshel Sag I have been tracking the 360-camera space for quite some time. One crucial thing I’ve found in my coverage is that building a good, consumer-friendly 360 camera is not easy. While it’s a relatively new market, the field is already littered with failures and dead camera companies. I wanted to talk today […]

12 Feb Qualcomm Achieves 4.5 Gbps 5G Speeds With X50 And 2.0 Gbps With New X24 LTE Modem

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The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem provides max throughput of 2.0 Gbps As we approach Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in less than two weeks, we are starting to get more early releases of what the world’s leading mobile companies are planning to show off at the show. We have seen some announcements from […]

08 Feb Qualcomm Drops A 19 Carrier And 18 OEM 5G Bomb On The Industry

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Snapdragon X50 5G Modem It isn’t normally that big of a big deal whenever a smartphone chip vendor announces a partnership with a hardware OEM or a network operator. However, with the technology transition from 4G to 5G, lots of things are becoming a big deal and the scale of these announcements is increasing in […]

18 Jan Battle Of The Smartphone Titans: iPhone X — Pixel 2 XL — Note8

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The three flagship phones, side-by-side. I spent the last few months running around the world with arguably the three most popular phones in the world: the Apple iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2 XL, and the Samsung Note8. I have spent considerable time with all three phones, using each of them as daily drivers at […]

17 Jan Qualcomm Zeroes Out Apple, Counts On China To Hit its Upward Guidance

There’s been lots of talk about Qualcomm lately, especially with their licensing disputes with Apple and the impending acquisition of NXP as well as the hostile bid from Broadcom. I covered yesterday how Qualcomm is growing their business to attack the $150 billion serviceable addressable market by 2020 and how their non-mobile investments generated $3B last […]

16 Jan Why Qualcomm Doesn’t Need NXP Or Broadcom To Grow

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Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon talks press and analysts through Qualcomm’s $150B SAM at CES 2018 Over the past week, Qualcomm has made some unprecedented financial and business disclosures at CES 2018 and today in an investor video which has me thinking a lot about the company and its future with and without NXP and Broadcom. […]

03 Aug RESEARCH PAPER: Active Alignment Will Be Critical For Future Optical Systems Manufacturing

New usage models and applications for technology products, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, created a need for computers to “see” the outside, physical world. We refer to this as “computer vision”. As these usage models and markets evolve, higher quality imaging systems are needed to enable better optical performance. Consumer expectations for thinner […]

14 Jul Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

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As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service […]

05 Jul Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

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Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless […]

27 Jun Qualcomm’s New Fingerprint Sensors Go Through Metal, Glass And Displays

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  With the trend towards shrinking bezels and more sleek phone designs, some challenges have arisen when trying to keep phones sleek and still secure. Because of the overall size of smartphone batteries and the shrinking bezels, it has becoming increasingly difficult to find a place to put a fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensors have become […]

21 Jun Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will

Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. To badly misquote one of my favorite superheroes, “With great speed comes great performance.” Thus 5G has […]

08 Jun Could Sprint Be The Comeback Kid?

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I have to admit, Paul the bespeckled “can you hear me now” guy always annoyed me when he hawked the Verizon service years ago on television. Now as the world all knows he’s moved to Sprint, as well as the actual actor I recently learned. I had the opportunity to learn more about Paul and […]

31 May It’s A 5G Land Of Confusion: AT&T And Verizon Muddy The Waters

5G, or Fifth Generation, is the next iteration of wireless telecommunications promising to deliver unbelievable speed to your mobile phone or connected device as well as support more devices, improve reliability, and deliver longer battery life. Published in March of this year, the new 5G Radio standard was set by the governing body 3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership […]

09 May Samsung’s 5G Efforts Place Company Among Top 5G Leaders

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Samsung Electronics  has been in the telecommunications business for decades; 2017 marks the company’s 40th year in the industry. Samsung has been involved in the development and adoption of virtually every cellular technology from GSM and CDMA to WiMax and LTE. It comes as no surprise that Samsung is also heavily invested and engaged in […]

18 Apr Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Back With a Vengeance

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Samsung Galaxy S8 It has been a mixed bag year for Samsung. On one side, the company has been performing very well in their components business, but it’s been a challenging one in smartphones. Samsung ceded the #1 smartphone spot to Apple and the Note7 was a low point. Samsung’s credibility was on the line […]