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Qualcomm: Snapdragon to run WP Mango devices

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Qualcomm: Snapdragon to run WP Mango devices

Post by Justin_Romile on Sat May 28, 2011 11:05 am

Following the announcement of the next major update to its mobile operating system, Microsoft announced recently that Snapdragon processors will still be powering its next-generation Windows Phone 7 devices.

Just recently, Windows unveiled Mango, the next version of its revamped Windows Phone 7 OS, which will include more than 500 new features to Windows-powered smartphones.

Current Windows Phone devices are also powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips, running at a minimum speed of 1GHz.

Qualcomm did not confirm, however, if the Snapdragon chips to be shipped with new Windows Phone devices will clock at 1.5GHz, the processing speed of its latest product to date.

“Qualcomm has a long history of working closely with Microsoft and we continue to support the launches of new Windows Phones based on our Snapdragon processors," said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president and group president of Qualcomm.

Qualcomm said that it will be the exclusive provider of chips to new Windows devices, shooting down speculations that ST-Ericsson chips will power the new Windows phones.

New Windows phones will include new user features such as notification to Live Tiles; the integration of Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 9; the inclusion of Twitter and LinkedIn to the list of integrated services; and Xbox Live integration improvements, among many others.

Aside from Windows phones, Qualcomm also provides chips to Android-based smartphones manufactured by third-party providers as HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG.

As of the first quarter of 2011, Qualcomm reported that it has shipped as much as 118 million units of its popular MSM chips offering, on the back of the rising popularity of Android-powered devices, which mostly carry Qualcomm chips.

During the period, the company's net income figures rose to $1.17 billion or 39% higher year-on-year. — TJD, GMA News
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