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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

Pre-Apps

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

Sharp Electronics isn't doing well

It hasn't been too much of a secret that Sharp Electronics has been having a tough time for the past couple years and this week they received a $1.9 billion dollar loan which will hopefully be enough to last them until they can turn things around. Sharp was one of the big names in LCD market for many years but the competition and lower prices on LCD panels hasn't been a good thing for their bottom line. Sony and Panasonic have already made moves to try and turn things around and it will be interesting if Sharp will be able to do the same. The WSJ has more on this story.

Analysts said the steps outlined Thursday did little to address Sharp’s fundamental problem—a lack of promising businesses around which to rebuild. Unlike Japanese rivals such as Sony Corp.and Panasonic Corp., which have sold off money-losing businesses to focus on profitable niches, Sharp has few prospects for generating money to repay the loans.

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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