Samsung to Build Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820

Samsung is pretty big. I mean really big. They have been contracted to build processors for Apple devices and in fact make their own processors for TVs, mobile phones, tablets and Chromebooks. After some issues with the Snapdragon 810 and over-heating (at the very least running really, really hot) issues, Qualcomm has opted to go with Samsung as the semiconductor manufacturer for the Snapdragon 820. It's interesting that they had to talk to the competition to build a chip for them. I'm sure Samsung is making a fair bit of money by agreeing to make the competitor's product.

The giant processor company has traditionally employed Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) to manufacture its chips, which power a large number of our smartphones and tablets. However, according to a report from Re/code, Qualcomm will be switching suppliers and partnering with Samsung for its next batch of high-end SOCs.

Source: Neowin

The (Silent) Hills aren't Alive

There are a lot of people in the gaming community who have played the Silent Hills franchise and at one time the fourth installment of the franchise was going to be released. That was canceled, but here was a playable teaser that was on playstation store that could still be played, that is until it was removed as of the 29th of April. That's right - the Silent Hills are now noisy - and less scary.

Konami has not elaborated on why P.T. was removed from the store, which happened amidst a reported power struggle between the publisher and developer Hideo Kojima, who was directing Silent Hills. Director Guillermo del Toro and actor Norman Reedus were also involved with the game. Although Silent Hills has been cancelled, Konami stated that it remained "committed to new Silent Hill titles.

Source: GameSpot


Ever had the desire to pre-order a new App before it is released? Well, I haven't. If you have been chomping at your virtual bit and can't wait to give your money away, you may be glad to hear that Google has now allowed this through Google Play Store.

Google has introduced an interesting new feature to the Google Play Store after it began allowing users to pre-register for upcoming Android apps.
Terminator Genisys: Revolution from Glu Mobile - the company that recently took investment from China's Tencent - is the first title to take advantage of the feature, as the folks at Android Police noticed. Interested users simply tap the pre-register icon (which is where 'download' would usually be) to show their interest.

Source: TechCrunch

Ground Shaking Cellular

Earthquakes affect a lot of people on earth. It is terrible the damage that earthquakes can do, but it is made worse when you can't reach emergency services because the cell towers aren't able to work due to damage from said earthquakes. LA has vowed to change that, and made new regulations on the quality of new towers.

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday moved to require future free-standing cellphone towers be built to the same seismic protection standards as public safety buildings, which are meant to be usable after a strong earthquake. Under current regulations, cell towers in the city are built to a lesser standard. They're expected to remain standing after a major temblor but not necessarily usable.

Source: NBC

Smartphone Action

Samsung has dropped a few hints of a new Marvel themed device and we've seen a few images of it floating around the web. That's right, they have an Ironman themed Galaxy S6 and it looks incredible! Of course, if you want it to stay looking great, you'll put a cheap plastic case on it and it will just look like every other phone. Still, super cool!

Avengers Phones


In other phone news, the Elephone P6000 has been unboxed over at Neowin as well and this device seems to leave them wanting. Of course, you have to remember that this is a very cost-effective phone, and Elephones upcoming P7000 looks to improve dramatically on all accounts. Still, if you want a really solid device, check it out.

The Elephone P6000 is one of the phones that have pushed for the redefinition of the words "entry level." Packing 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core SoC and a GPU that can play Asphalt 8 at the highest setting without issues, it feels much closer to a midrange phone but is priced at barely $130.

Source: Neowin & Neowin

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