Qualcomm and the smartphone as collaboration platform

Disclosure: Qualcomm is a client of the author.

This week saw Qualcomm’s coming out party for its new Snapdragon 888 platform, and it is impressive. There isn’t anything in it that hasn’t been improved significantly:  performance (both processing and network); photography; sound; image quality; battery life; gaming; AI; and awareness of its surroundings (the Qualcomm Sensing Hub). 

But when I sit back and think about what these premium phones will be capable of next year, I can envision them coming close to the ideal collaboration platform — and be on track to change how we do Zoom meetings. 

Let me explain. 

The problem

Most of us do our videoconferencing with PCs, which means that we rush into our (home) office if we have a desktop PC and wind up with an excellent video shot of the top of our heads. Or if we have a laptop, we have to power

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The Looking Glass Portrait is a cheaper holographic window to your smartphone photos and more

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Looking Glass Factory, a company that designs personal holographic displays, just launched a Kickstarter for its new Looking Glass Portrait, a smaller, more affordable take on its previous light field display. The new Looking Glass can operate as a standalone device, and in a clever move, supports portrait mode photos from smartphones like the iPhone for creating simple holograms.


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The Looking Glass Portrait displays holographic photos, videos and 3D models in a 58 degree viewing cone, which basically amounts to the experience of a 3D video or hologram, but viewable by multiple people without the need for special glasses. Holographic light field tech isn’t new, particularly in smaller sizes like a cellphone screen. Where Looking Glass Portrait differs from other displays, like Sony’s $3,000 Spatial Reality Display, is with a much lower price point of $349 (without promotional Kickstarter pricing).

Looking Glass Factory

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Results From This Blind Smartphone Camera Test Will Surprise You

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, hosted his third annual, 17-minute blind smartphone camera test featuring 20 new smartphones. The phones were grouped into a bracket that hid the phone names while the public voted for their favorites.

First of all, it’s important to note right from the start that this “test” is the furthest thing from scientific in nature.

“This isn’t a scientific test at all,” Brownlee says. “In fact, it’s kind of the opposite of a scientific test.”

The point of this playoff-style bracket isn’t to objectively claim one camera is better than another, but rather serves as a good case study for what people think makes a photo “good.” By the end, and after over 10 million total votes were cast, Brownlee was able to point out some interesting conclusions from the information he gathered.

The concept of the test is simple: Brownlee put together a seeded

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According to Gartner Data, Xiaomi Surpasses Apple in Smartphone Sales

Overall, the market is still below last year’s figures.

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According to data from the information technology research and consulting company, Gartner , Xiaomi has surpassed Apple in sales of smartphones, so now the Chinese technology company is the third provider that ships the most mobiles worldwide , below Samsung and Huawei .

There was a drop in sales – worldwide – in the first two quarters of 2020. Between January and June of this year, sales of these devices fell by 20%. However, in the third quarter there was a recovery when a total of 366 million units were sold, 5.7% less than in the same period last year.

Samsung is the

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Smartphone Audio Codecs Market Report 2020-2025: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast

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As per the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Smartphone Audio Codecs Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025,” the global smartphone audio codecs market experienced healthy growth during 2014-2019. A smartphone audio codec assists in the compression and decompression of a digital audio data stream. It can be both an electronic device that features analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) used in sound cards to support audio in and audio out functions, or computer-based software that compresses or decompresses digital audio data as per the media audio coding format. A smartphone audio codec minimizes the number of bits of an audio file while retaining its accuracy and quality. This helps to reduce the need for storage space and bandwidth for

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Microsoft: Here’s how your smartphone camera plus AI can keep an eye on your health

While wearables are at the forefront of medical applications for mobile technology, COVID-19 has sent researchers looking at older technologies like the humble smartphone for remote diagnosis. 

Microsoft Research has been working on telehealth applications via a smartphone for over a decade, but the current pandemic presents new opportunities that make the approach more relevant than it was even a year ago. 

Telehealth has held promise in healthcare since the advent of video but smartphones, better cameras and artificial intelligence might produce a more workable an answer at time when it’s difficult for people to visit medical facilities due to the pandemic. 

As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted in June, telehealth can help provide patients with care while minimizing the risk patients passing on of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — to doctors and nurses.

Microsoft points out that atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a

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ZTE Axon 20 5G, world’s first under-display camera smartphone goes global on Dec 21

ZTE launched the Axon 20 5G as the world’s first smartphone with an under-display camera back in September. Now, the smartphone is soon going to be launched for the global market on December 21. It will be made available through the official ZTE website in the following markets: EU, UK, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, UAE, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. However, the company hasn’t announced its price yet and says that it will be revealed via the official website soon.

ZTE says it has achieved a full view display effect while maintaining the same level of performance of the front camera by adapting a special material with high euphotic rates achieved through new organic and inorganic film, which improves light input to the front camera. The phone comes with a dual-control chip and a unique driver circuit that solves synchronization problems of color and conventional displays when

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TECNO set to launch new ‘POVA’ smartphone on Friday

 New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand of Transsion Holdings, is all set to launch a new product line “POVA” which is designed to deliver powerful performance.


The brand’s social media handles have revealed the tagline of POVA as “Unleash the Beast” with the insinuation that the TECNO POVA devices will focus on speed, performance and excellence.


As per recent teasers, the TECNO POVA smartphones will be powered by high performance MediaTek Helio G80 gaming processor along with a massive 6000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charge.


The new POVA will also feature an immersive 6.8-inch dot-in display for an uninterrupted viewing and gaming experience.


Since TECNO’s debut in the Indian smartphone market, their focus has been on “segment-first” features in the affordable and mid-budget smartphone categories.


With the launch of POVA, TECNO’s Indian smartphone portfolio will consist of three prominent product lines.


The other two

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Gartner: Global smartphone sales drop again in Q3

STAMFORD — Worldwide smartphone sales dropped nearly 6 percent year-over-year to about 367 million units in the third quarter, as the market continues to see the effects of the coronavirus crisis, according to a report released this week by Stamford-based consulting and research firm Gartner.

Smartphone sales remain below last year’s levels despite the introduction of a number of 5G smartphones and a relaxation of government guidelines on shelter-in-place restrictions in some regions, Gartner officials said. But the results still pointed to a potential rebound, as the sales decrease was smaller than the declines of 20 percent in the previous two quarters.

“Consumers are limiting their discretionary spend even as some lockdown conditions have started to improve,” Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner, said in a statement. “Global smartphone sales experienced moderate growth from the second quarter of 2020 to the third quarter. This was due to pent-up demand

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Global 3 Dimensional Imaging in Smartphone Market 2020 Emerging Technologies, Opportunity Assessment, Projections and Future Opportunities by 2025

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Dec 02, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global 3 Dimensional Imaging in Smartphone Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 released by MarketQuest.biz tries to cover the authenticate information of market size, share, revenue, and progress rate along with detailed insights related to the market. The report focuses on major statistical evidence for the global 3 Dimensional Imaging in Smartphone industry as it offers guidance to readers through which they can encounter the obstacles surrounding the market. The report throws light on fluctuating tendencies that directly or indirectly impact the market. Several factors such as global distribution, manufacturers, market factors that affect the global contributions are reported in the study. Further an in-depth competitive landscape, defined growth opportunities, market share coupled with product type and applications, key companies responsible for the production

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