American chipset maker Qualcomm has agreed terms to purchase NXP Semiconductors of the Netherlands, at a price of $37.88 billion (€34.76/£31.14). The takeover will provide Qualcomm with the opportunity to diversify away from smartphone chips.
There is good news for some of those waiting for Samsung Pay support to arrive in their country, with the announcement that the service will be available in Russia, Thailand and Malaysia by the end of the year. The latest additions join a list of countries where the service is already available, which includes South Korea, China, the United States, Australia and Singapore.
BlackBerry have launched their latest Android smartphone, with the handset now on sale in a number of key European and North American markets. The BlackBerry DTEK60 offers flagship-level specs and comes bundled with the company’s suite of security software.
There has been a lot of speculation as to what caused the battery fires on the Samsung Galaxy Note7, but the company itself has yet to identify the problem. Investigations continue, with Samsung well aware of the importance of finding the fault, if it is to reassure its customers.
Owners of the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C have been left frustrated by the news that only Google’s 2016 Pixel phones will officially receive the full version of Android 7.1 Nougat straight away. Yet a couple of affordable handsets from China could soon be updated to the latest edition of Google’s mobile operating system.
Reports out of South Korea claim that LG plans to abandon its modular smartphone system when it introduces its 2016 flagship, the LG G6. It is a potential move that would represent a significant change in mobile strategy for the company.
HTC CEO Cher Wang has revealed the latest sales numbers for the Vive virtual reality headset, according to a publication in China. Wang said that her company has sold more than 140,000 units, since Vive was launched earlier this year.
In what could turn out to be a major surprise, it has emerged that Samsung may attempt to secure a deal to use LG batteries in next year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship. Following the battery fires experienced by some Samsung Galaxy Note7 handsets, the company is considering making some drastic changes next year.
Microsoft has announced that its AI speech technology is now able to match the performance of humans. The company has described the development as being an ‘historic achievement’ and ‘major breakthrough’, having seen its technology record a speech recognition error rate equal to professional transcribers.
Momentum is gathering behind next generation wireless technologies, with the news that Qualcomm is to introduce its first 5G modem. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 is capable of delivering impressively-quick downloads, with speeds of up to 5 Gbps.