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Qualcomm has a host of new technologies in store, including an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, cognitive machine learning for your smartphone and tablet, and, of course, a new processor: the Snapdragon 820.

Qualcomm today at MWC 2015 announced their newest device security measure: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Dubbed Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology, the tech uses ultrasonic waves to penetrate through the outer layers of your finger to build a three-dimensional map of your fingerprint that's much harder to duplicate than a mere capacitive scanner as you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. Additionally, Qualcomm also announced their new "machine learning" platform Zeroth, which aims to go for a device that learns and adapts to how you use it.

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Qualcomm today announced four new processors for mid-range mobile devices.The new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425 and 415 chips will enable features and capabilities previously reserved for premium hardware. The former redefine the Snapdragon 600 series with significant advances in performance with integrated 64-bit ARM A-72 CPUs, as well as the new X8 LTE modem. The 425 and 415 bring new tech like octa-cores to the 400 series.

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Qualcomm is set to take a rather hard hit on the company's finances, potentially being fined around $1 billion in China. According to a report by Reuters, the fine will be the result of a 14-month investigation by Chinese authorities into anti-competitive practices, and could be combined with Qualcomm lowering royalty fees by around a third on patents used in the region.

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The Snapdragon 810 is Qualcomm's latest and greatest mobile system-on-a-chip, and in a press release issued by the company this morning we learned that Microsoft is planning to use it in a forthcoming Lumia. Microsoft's Juha Kokkonen is quoted in the press release, and this chip is what we'd expect to see in the now promised "flagship" device expected to launch later this year.

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Qualcomm announced its fourth quarter earnings today and despite shipping more chips, earnings were down from the previous quarter. The main news from the earnings report is that the company is reporting net income of $1.89 billion on revenues of $6.69 billion. Revenues and income are both up year-over-year, but down from the previous quarter. In addition, Qualcomm's operating income rose to $1.99 billion, up 25 percent year-over-year, but also down 4 percent sequentially.

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While Qualcomm has focused its attention on the mid-tier and the high-end segments, MediaTek has managed to grab a significant chunk of the market share in the entry-level market. With the introduction of the LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210, Qualcomm is looking to remedy that and take the fight to MediaTek in the budget smartphone segment.

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It looks like Qualcomm's increased expenses into researching an developing better 3G CDMA and 4G LTE modems are paying off as the chip-maker has announced record earnings for the third quarter of the 2014 fiscal year. Revenues are up 9 percent year-over-year making a growth in net income of a whopping 42 percent compared to the previous year.

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Qualcomm has today announced that its expanding its Quick Charge ecosystem with the release of Quick Charge 2 in Japan. Local mobile network operator DOCOMO has integrated the technology in products that include smartphones, tablets and certified power adapters that are expected to be available later this year. The improved Quick Charge 2 will enable consumers to charge their devices at increased speeds.

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Qualcomm today announced its next-generation mobile processors for the Snapdragon 800 family – 810 and 808. These new chips are designed to deliver even better performance and delight compared to what’s currently available to handset vendors today. The main improvements with these two chips is the 64bit architecture and Cat 6 LTE.

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According to a report by Times of India, India’s handset players LAVA and Karbonn will launch their Windows Phone devices in coming months.

At the Mobile World Congress last month, Microsoft had announced nine new OEMs as Windows Phone partners. Out of these nine - Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, LAVA, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, and ZTE – Karbonn and LAVA are two Indian handset brands which have managed to capture significant market share in the Android smartphones category.

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Fire up your Windows Phone and you’re running on silicon from Qualcomm. Every Windows Phone in existence has been powered by Qualcomm’s system-on-a-chip. Recent phones, like the Nokia Lumia 1520, are powered by Qualcomm’s latest chip – the Snapdragon 800 processor. While the first batch of Windows Phone 7 handsets were powered by earlier Snapdragon processors. Last week at CES we spent some time looking at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processors, the latest and greatest chip from the San Diego-based company. Here’s what you can look forward to in future Windows Phone devices.

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Qualcomm just announced their new high-end processor, the Snapdragon 805. It’s the successor to the Snapdragon 800 found on several high-end devices including the Nokia Lumia 1520 we recently reviewed. Qualcomm claims the 805 is their highest performance processor designed to deliver the highest quality mobile video, camera and graphics.

The new Snapdragon 805 features the new Adreno 420 GPU, which offers up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor. It is the first mobile processor to offer system-level Ultra HD support, 4K video capture and playback and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISPs), for superior performance, multitasking, power efficiency and mobile user experiences.

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