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    Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 & Snapdragon Voice Activation; 75% Faster Charge & More


    Apparently, Qualcomm is "playing their cards close to their chest." They just debuted their newest Snapdragon superchips at CES this year, the 600 & the 800, but they saved some additional details for later on. Today they just issued a press statement detailing two cool new technologies in their chips. One is called Quick Charge 2.0, and the other is called Snapdragon Voice Activation. The Quick Charge 2.0 is the next-gen version of their charging technology and will supposedly speed up charging times by 75%! Their Snapdragon Voice Activation is basically a voice-activated wake functionality for the device. Here's the full press release with more details,

    Qualcomm® Quick Charge 2.0: Less Time Charging, More Time Doing

    You can't go mobile if you're stuck plugged into an outlet waiting for your smartphone or tablet to charge. Last year, over 70 devices launched with Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0, an in-device solution that enables smartphones and tablets to charge up to 40% faster. Today we're introducing the next generation, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, a solution that resides in both the device (offered as a standalone IC solution or as part of the PMIC power management integrated circuit of Snapdragon™ 800 processors) and in the AC/DC wall charger. It's even faster and more flexible than Quick Charge 1.0, and will be inside smartphones and tablets powered by Snapdragon 800 processors.

    Products with Quick Charge 2.0 can charge up to 75% faster than products without Quick Charge technology. In our labs we found tablets that normally take over 7 hours to charge were able to reach full charge in less than 3 hours with the Quick Charge 2.0 solution.

    Quick Charge 2.0 devices are designed to play nice with Quick Charge 1.0 chargers and vice versa; they're all backwards and forwards compatible. You can use a Quick Charge 2.0 charger with a Quick Charge 1.0 device, since by default the 2.0 charger safely provides only the voltage/power allowed by the 1.0 device. And although 2.0 devices will ship with 2.0 chargers, these devices can be charged safely by 1.0 chargers as well but at '1.0 speed'. However to get the fastest, most optimal charge, simply use a 2.0 charger with a 2.0 device. Then and only then, will the 2.0 charger provide the higher voltage at the request of the 2.0 device.

    Quick Charge 2.0 will soon be built into standard micro-USB AC/DC wall chargers, so these chargers won't look or operate differently and will be widely available. In fact, Qualcomm is already working with leading AC/DC chipset suppliers and their AC/DC power supply partners to fully enable the power supply ecosystem.

    You'll soon be able to charge even more types of devices faster. While Quick Charge 1.0 technology, with about 10 watts of power, was designed primarily for smartphones and tablets, Quick Charge 2.0 delivers up to 60 watts, not only improving charge times for smartphones and tablets, but adding support for larger mobile computing devices like slim notebooks.

    We anticipate that devices and wall chargers with Quick Charge 2.0 will be available for purchase by early 2014; all smartphones and tablets with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor will have Quick Charge 2.0. Snapdragon 800 processors are an entire system-on-a-chip and feature a CPU, GPU, DSP, LTE Modem and much more, enabling UltraHD video, high-end 3D gaming, 7.1 surround sound, and up to 55 Megapixel image captures, so being able to quick charge means less time charging and more time doing!

    The Snapdragon processor is designed to consume very little power, so once your device is quick charged, you won't have to worry about charging for a while. Our website provides all the latest information on our upcoming Snapdragon 800 processors and about Qualcomm Quick Charge. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

    Snapdragon™ wakes up the mobile world with Snapdragon Voice Activation

    Having raised the bar for mobile processor features and efficiency, Snapdragon 800 processors are our proudest achievement to date. And at CES, Paul revealed some of the unique new features Snapdragon 800 processors will come loaded with, including IZat location technology, UltraHD video and quad Krait 400 cores at up to 2.3 GHz each.

    That said, we're always keen to save a few surprises for later. If you're wondering what more we could add to the Snapdragon 800 package, we've got two words for you: "Voice Activation"

    Today, we're pleased to introduce Snapdragon Voice Activation, the world's first integrated always-on, low-power listening feature. Snapdragon Voice Activation, a new addition to the Qualcomm Fluence™ PRO suite of integrated audio solutions, enables devices powered by Snapdragon 800 processors to be "woken up" by a custom voice command (beginning with a custom phrase set by the device OEM like "Hey Snapdragon", for example) and respond without even a single key press. After recognizing a custom word or phrase, Voice Activation wakes the Snapdragon-based device, even if it had been in standby or airplane mode, and connects to the OEM's/HLOS voice natural user interface.

    Snapdragon Voice Activation is designed to be a low-power and secure solution. It enables devices to use the least amount of power possible to listen only for the custom word set by the OEM and spoken by only the voice of the device owner, enabling both a secure and power efficient solution for users.

    All of this is made possible through the advanced, tightly integrated hardware and software in Snapdragon 800 processors. And with over 55 Snapdragon 800-powered devices already in development, smartphones and tablets everywhere will be waking up to their owners' command when they are available in the second half of 2013. We've long promoted the idea of mobile devices evolving into a digital sixth sense, and today, more than ever, we are seeing these big ideas become reality.
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    Quick charging is a great idea and I'd love to see it on my device. However, why does the technology move so slow regarding batteries? I'd rather see batteries last longer than devices charging faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skennelly View Post
    Quick charging is a great idea and I'd love to see it on my device. However, why does the technology move so slow regarding batteries? I'd rather see batteries last longer than devices charging faster.
    Part of that problem is companies can just make bigger batteries. It would be nice to have more huge batteries that dont change the form factor of phones. More huge, thin batteries that are removable. Very rarely has a non removable battery been an issue that I recall. More defective non removable batteries could change that.

    A big issue is a new phone with a defective battery thats non removable. If everything else was fine....you might get a working battery...and new issues you didnt have before. Do they replace the entire phone, or just the battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    Part of that problem is companies can just make bigger batteries. It would be nice to have more huge batteries that dont change the form factor of phones. More huge, thin batteries that are removable. Very rarely has a non removable battery been an issue that I recall. More defective non removable batteries could change that.

    A big issue is a new phone with a defective battery thats non removable. If everything else was fine....you might get a working battery...and new issues you didnt have before. Do they replace the entire phone, or just the battery?
    This is not the article I read over a year ago, but it is similar. They have been working on producing more energy from the same size battery, not just bigger batteries. I have not heard much on this subject since the original article.

    http://m.nbcnews.com/technology/futu...d-soars-120509
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    Quote Originally Posted by skennelly View Post
    Quick charging is a great idea and I'd love to see it on my device. However, why does the technology move so slow regarding batteries? I'd rather see batteries last longer than devices charging faster.
    The problem with batteries is they are regulated by the rules of chemistry. You can't design new atoms (that are stable anyway) or create new reactions, you have to work with what you've got. On the other hand, all hard parts can be redesigned pretty easily and aren't bound by chemistry nearly as tightly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skennelly View Post
    This is not the article I read over a year ago, but it is similar. They have been working on producing more energy from the same size battery, not just bigger batteries. I have not heard much on this subject since the original article.

    Battery tech improving as demand soars - FutureTech on NBCNews.com
    Aahh...I forgot about that. There is an article here about it too. But I agree 100%. The focus should be on battery technology now. I think there is an article here about LG batteries? Found some LG articles:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-news/226875-lg-s-own-experiment-claims-lg-optimus-g-has-longer-battery-life-than-galaxy-s-iii.html

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dro...-featured.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by skennelly View Post
    This is not the article I read over a year ago, but it is similar. They have been working on producing more energy from the same size battery, not just bigger batteries. I have not heard much on this subject since the original article.

    Battery tech improving as demand soars - FutureTech on NBCNews.com
    was just thinking of this same thing. Obviously a bigger battery will need to charge faster, which this new Qualcomm tech addresses. Lastly, there's been a lot circulating about wireless charging. Curious is Qualcomm's new tech will work with wireless charging as well. Between those 3 advances, I may actually be able to get through a whole day on one charge
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    My whole family except for me have the Maxx. They can definitely go for days from a full charge, but the problem is... charging the phone back to full takes forever. So this quick charge will be great even with just having 3300 mAh batt. Unless of course apps find their ways to drain our batts even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikekhelxD View Post
    My whole family except for me have the Maxx. They can definitely go for days from a full charge, but the problem is... charging the phone back to full takes forever. So this quick charge will be great even with just having 3300 mAh batt. Unless of course apps find their ways to drain our batts even more.
    that's just a "when"

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