Snapdragon 820: Android’s New Edge Against iPhone

Snapdragon 820: Android’s New Edge Against iPhone
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Samsung and Qualcomm’s reconciliation can mean a new and powerful smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to come out with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset which can mean business and technological benefits for Android against Apple.


Qualcomm is hoping to give Android a certain edge over the iPhone specifically through its “cognitive computing” (AI) platform Zeroth. While Zeroth is essentially a personal assistant for the smartphone – just like Google Now, Cortana and Siri – it is an active one. According to Forbes, this is what sets Zeroth apart from rivals since current smartphone assistants are passive.

The difference is that passive personal assistants like Cortana, Siri and Google now require people to provide base information before achieving the results. Active assistants, like Zeroth, will decide based on past usage. It can preempt the user’s request by anticipating the required information. The assistant can make decisions based on past behavior thanks to the smartphone sensors that absorb information constantly. It also comes equipped with handwriting-to-text skills, which can come in handy. However, Qualcomm may need to iron out the data privacy aspects of the program, because anticipating user requests means accessing all related files.

In another report by Forbes, apart from the new personal assistant, Samsung stands to gain from joining with Qualcomm – especially if it uses it Snapdragon 820. Qualcomm built several features into the chip will allow Samsung to take advantage of its artificial intelligence engine. People can search for more specific tags and combine those with location data.

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This makes images more searchable. For instance, when a person searches for Central Park, they can have more relevant images as opposed to previously available photos on image searches. Qualcomm can also benefit from Samsung as it can expand its revenue stream should Samsung Galaxy S7 be a success. However, people should still take things with a grain of salt until the final details and product are unveiled.

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