Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 636, Conducts First 5G Test on Mobile

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 636, Conducts First 5G Test on Mobile


  • Qualcomm said it has achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem
  • The company also unveiled Snapdragon 636 mid-tier SoC
  • Qualcomm also announced 5G smartphone reference design

Qualcomm said on Tuesday that it had achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices, further demonstrating its capabilities as phone makers and network operators work on solutions for 5G networks. On the sidelines, Qualcomm also previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for testing and optimisation of 5G technology. The company also announced the Snapdragon 636.

The chipmaker beamed a 5G data connection on Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the chipset it unveiled last year. The X50 delivered gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band. “This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies and President, QCT.

“The ability to progress from a product announcement to functional silicon in twelve months speaks to Qualcomm Technologies’ generational cellular technology leadership – now extending to 5G,” the company said in a press release.

Qualcomm says it demonstrated 5G data connection at its laboratories in San Diego. The company also boasted of its SDR051 mmWave RF transceiver integrated circuit (IC), which was key to the success of the demonstration. The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family is expected to show up in 5G smartphones and networks in the first half of2019.

On the sidelines, Qualcomm also unveiled the Snapdragon 636. New addition to the company’s mid-range lineup, Snapdragon 636 SoC brings support for FHD+ (full HD+, 1080×2160 pixels) display. The arrival of Snapdragon 636 is expected to trickle down the near-bezel less and tall displays to mid-range smartphones. The Snapdragon 636 also supports Assertive Display, the company said.


Google Search Now Shows a Screening Test If You Search for Depression

Google Search Now Shows a Screening Test If You Search for Depression


  • Google to show depression test widgest on similar searches made in the US
  • Google’s Knowledge Panel will walk you through a test series
  • It will also list symptoms and possible treatments for depression

People in the US will soon have an option to take a screening test on Google to know if they are depressed or not.

Now, when users in the US will search for “depression” on Google, they will see a box atop the results on mobile, which the search giant calls a Knowledge Panel. The Knowledge Panel contains information on what depression is, what its symptoms are and the possible treatments.

“Now when you search for ‘clinical depression’ on Google on mobile, you’ll see a Knowledge Panel that will give you the option to tap ‘check if you’re clinically depressed’, which will bring you to PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to test what your likely level of depression may be. To ensure that the information shared in the PHQ-9 questionnaire is accurate and useful, we have partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on this announcement,” Google said in a blog post.

google depression DepressionAccording to Google spokesperson Susan Cadrecha, cited by The Verge, the feature is being rolled out on mobile in the US soon and it is not meant to subvert a medical evaluation.

“The results of the PHQ-9 can help you have a more informed conversation with your doctor,” according to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which partnered with Google on the questionnaire.

According to NAMI, clinical depression is a fairly common condition with almost one in five Americans experiencing an episode in their lifetime. But only about 50 percent of people who have depression get treated for it.

“Mental health professionals often refer to major depressive disorder as clinically significant depression or clinical depression. Clinical depression is a treatable condition which can impact many aspects of a person’s life. The PHQ-9 can be the first step to getting a proper diagnosis,” the NAMI statement added.

Written with inputs from IANS


Quick twin test Audi Q5 vs Mercedes GLC

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Indeed, and this is the one Middle England has been waiting for: the MkII Audi Q5 in sporty S line trim with the sensible 189bhp, 2.0-litre diesel, automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel-drive. Samey recipe, samey looks.

Just as the Q5 is an A4 Avant on tiptoes, the Mercedes-Benz GLC jacks up a C-Class estate powertrain, interior and tech. This is the most powerful four-cylinder version, with 201bhp (plus 369lb ft of torque) and nine gears.

Which is more practical?

Plenty of rear legroom and headroom in the Q5, but the sculpted rear seats mean three across the back is going to be more uncomfortable than in the Benz. Smaller rear doors impede access, too.

The GLC wins points for slightly longer rear doors, a flatter rear seat and flat loading sill where the Audi has a ledge in the boot. Both cars offer 550 litres seats-up. The Audi is better for all-round visibility.

I’m doing big distance: Audi or Mercedes?

Proper split decision, this. The Audi is unbelievably quiet for a four-pot diesel – the cold start is so smooth you’ll wonder if it’s petrol-powered, and there’s a mite less wind noise than the Merc. But, beyond the initial getaway, the Q5 is a bit more sluggish and the high-speed ride is choppy. No SQ5 dynamic sharpness has been transplanted.

Things are different in the Mercedes. Air suspension, so you can pump the ride height and have comfy or sporty modes, is a £1,495. Like all Airmatic Mercs, it makes the body control lollopy, pitching around at speed with body roll at odds with the fast steering… but it is comfier over big bumps than this Q5. Ageing 2.1-litre engine is a proper rattlebox; bring on the new 2.0-litre from the latest E-Class.

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Can the Q5 be beaten inside?

Not material-wise. The bits you touch are simply more tactile and the infotainment is friendlier. However, it’s a much more austere place to be, where the Mercedes feels rich and welcoming.

The Merc wins on baroque design but feels plasticky in places. There’s more stowage space up front thanks to the gear lever cleverly migrating to behind the steering wheel, though.

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What’s the verdict?

Audi: Ace refinement and top-notch cabin undone by unsettled ride. The Mercedes? A good cruiser. Pleasant to sit in. But that diesely rattle needs sorting. Exceptionally close, but the Mercedes clinches it.


Test Your Small Business Apps


Small business owners, a word of advice: Test your small business apps early and often.

My colleague Andrew Gazdecki and I have told you why you need an app in today’s market.

Test Your Small Business Apps Repeatedly

But building an app is not enough. You have to test it to make sure you haven’t got any problems. No one can build a completely problem free app the first time around. The way you catch the bugs is by conducting quality assurance testing. If you don’t do it, you are likely to face a heap of trouble later.

Users are much more finicky online than in the bricks and mortar world. In the physical world, customers won’t wipe out the route they took to your store, but online your customers will uninstall your app if it is buggy, slow or poorly optimized. In fact, Google survey data shows that half of users uninstall apps because they use too much storage space, and a third remove them because they freeze too often.

And don’t think you can recover easily from this tendency to uninstall. Once your customers remove an app, they tend not to bring them back.

Your customers are likely to pick one app, not many. Few customers install competing apps, even when the product or service the business provides are of equal quality. Too many apps make their phones more difficult to use. As a result, many customers pick either Uber or Lyft rather than installing both apps, driving (pun intended) customers to one or the other ride share provider.

Test Your Small Business Apps To Avoid Lost Revenue

A failure to test app quality means lost revenue. Customers often abandon purchases when ecommerce sites fail to load properly or the checkout function freezes up. They find other restaurants to frequent when they want to check out a menu and can’t read it properly on their phones.

Your failure to assure the quality of your app could mean long-term damage to your brand. Customers associate the quality of a company’s apps with the quality of its products or services.

Consider the case of Apple whose failure to do QA testing on Apple Maps let to the release of an app that directed users to train stations in the middle of the ocean and roads that didn’t exist. Frustrated iOS users took their complaints online, and Apple CEO Tim Cook had to apologize to customers and encourage the use of competing apps to stem the outcry. Smaller companies than Apple are unlikely to weather these types of storms.

Fixing live apps is more costly than repairing problems before the app goes live. The latter fixes mean downtime and lost revenue when the app isn’t in use.

You can’t just test your app once and assume all is good forever. The technology that your customers are using to access your app are constantly changing. What was an optimal experience for them last year might not be any longer because your customers got new smart phones.

And that’s if you haven’t made any changes to your app. If you add new features, you want to rerun all the tests you conducted before you first released the app. You also want to test when a traffic analysis shows an anomaly, or when users are complaining about similar issues.

When it comes to testing your small business’s mobile app, you’ve got a lot of options for how to do it. You can contract with a freelance tester, like the computer whiz down your street. Or you can hire in house information technology people to do the job. You can contract with big, expensive, outside providers like Rainforest QA that conduct tests for Fortune 500 companies. Or you can go with a more economic tester like My Crowd QA, which is targeting the small business market.

However you choose to do it, just make sure you test your small business apps and mobile apps — before you release and then repeatedly over time.

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