HONG KONG--Qualcomm said it is the first chipmaker to produce an LTE processor for low-cost smartphones as it revealed the Snapdragon 210 with dual-SIM functionality and multimode 3G/LTE Advanced capabilities.
Qualcomm said it has broadened developer support for a low-power Wi-Fi platform that it introduced one year ago and also agreed to distribution deals aimed at extending the platform to a broader set of customers.
At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date.
Qualcomm faces a fine of up to $2.5 billion (€1.8 billion) if found guilty of monopolistic practices in the European mobile chip market.
Chinese regulators said that Qualcomm is willing to make changes to improve its pricing practices in the country, which could lead to the end of an anti-trust probe against the chipset giant.
Watch maker Timex is getting into the smart watch game, and has partnered with AT&T Mobility and other wireless companies to create a wearable computing device with built-in cellular connectivity. The $400 watch, the IronMan One GPS+, has an HSPA radio and comes with one year of service for free for U.S. or Canadian subscribers, after which they will have to purchase an unknown-as-of-yet data plan, according to The Verge.
Microsoft confirmed that it hired longtime Qualcomm executive Peggy Johnson as its new executive vice president of business development. The hiring, which was first rumored last week, is the first major executive appointment for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella since he took over the software giant in February.
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Over the past month or so Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others have had to deal with pushback from Chinese regulators or Chinese state-run media. To me, it's clear that the cost of doing business in China is going up--but the cost of missing out on a growing smartphone market as large as China is even higher.
According to a new report, Qualcomm's Peggy Johnson is leaving the company for a new post at Microsoft. Both Qualcomm and Microsoft declined to comment on the report in Re/code.