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Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Sound for hi-fi wireless audio

Certified products coming in the future

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Despite recent audio technology, wireless audio still can’t go up against the quality of wired audio. Wired listening is just better — at least, for now. However, wireless limitations won’t stop tech makers from developing the latest in audio tech. Today, Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon Sound, a new initiative to deliver hi-fi listening to Bluetooth technology.

Though the company has not announced any new processors or devices, Snapdragon Sound will optimize wireless audio listening through its wide array of already available processors. For example, the company’s aptX Adaptive can already deliver audio at a high 24-bit 96kHz clip. Further, Qualcomm Aqstic will ensure driver durability even when playing music at a loud volume.

Besides hi-fi listening, the new initiative will also improve wireless call quality and latency. Though the focus is on audio listening, an improvement in call quality is a welcome addition to the current slew of audio products.

For now, Snapdragon Sound has revealed only its plan to certify products which will fly under its banner. Any future devices will come with a Snapdragon Sound badge on the box. That said, devices out in the market today will not come with the certification. For now, Audio Technica and Xiaomi will launch products under the new banner in the future.

Qualcomm has not announced when the new products will launch. However, the initiative promises to dish out massive improvements for the still-underdeveloped wireless audio market in the future.

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Huawei plummets from top 5 smartphone brands in China

vivo is now the top dog

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Though 2020 was bad for all smartphone makers, it was especially troublesome for Huawei. For years, the American government issued, back away from, and reissued bans that prevented the Chinese company from doing business on the former’s soil. Naturally, the bans were going to affect Huawei. Now, according to a recent smartphone ranking, Huawei isn’t even on the top 5 list in China anymore.

As released by the International Data Corporation, the Chinese smartphone rankings no longer include the once-proud leader of the pack, Huawei. The company has now dropped below the top 5 and lumped together with the “Others” category listed on the rankings.

vivo currently hold the top spot, capturing 23.8 percent of the market share. OPPO isn’t far behind with 21.1 percent of the market. Xiaomi holds the third spot with 17.2 percent of the market, echoing its rise in other rankings. Finally, Apple and newly emancipated Honor round out the pack with 10.9 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

All of the top 4 have increased their sales from the previous year, potentially owing to the vacuum left behind by its competitor Huawei. On a similar note, Honor sold considerably less compared its performance last year. The former Huawei sub-brand is potentially still reeling from its time under Huawei’s bans.

Though the company is still planning to release new smartphones soon, Huawei is definitely feeling the crunch from the American bans, resorting to alternatives and in-house solutions to component shortages.

In the meantime, Huawei’s Chinese rivals have moved to fill up the gap left behind by the former leader of the Chinese smartphone race.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 series to debut on July 29

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Apple earned record-breaking revenue last quarter

Thanks to the iPhone 12

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Apple has a lot of things going its way lately. Last year, the new iPhone SE helped the company survive the pandemic. Further, the wide variety of the iPhone 12 series offered a lot of options for users. Given everything that went its way starting last year, Apple has posted another record-breaking quarter in terms of revenue.

According to a recent earnings report, Apple earned US$ 81.43 billion in revenue for the past quarter. The figure is a 36 percent year-on-year increase over the same quarter last year. It is also the most revenue that they have historically earned for the same quarter.

Given how close Apple is to when it usually launched the next lineup of iPhones, the record is a surprise. The company usually winds down the current generation of iPhones in anticipation for the next one. But it looks like the iPhone 12 is still going strong — except for the iPhone 12 mini, of course.

Apple still has some ground to cover, though. Recently, a recent rankings report confirmed that Xiaomi has already overtaken Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone maker. Still, the improvement is impressive for a usually slow quarter for Apple.

With hype ramping up for the iPhone 13 series, the company might be on pace to climb the ranks once again.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12 review: Who needs the Pro?

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I Took A Ride On a Self-Driving Tractor!

Just like your smartphone, AI powers tractors through the fields

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Unusual in the GadgetMatch YouTube channel is a visit to a big warehouse full of farming vehicles, windmills, and corn fields. But Michael Josh’s visit at John Deere’s booth last CES 2020 and hosting session in CES 2021 made him gain interest in smart farming equipment.

But do you know what do tractors and smartphones have in common? John Deere’s farming machines are in a way like farming robots. Just like smartphones, they also leverage the power of data and AI — or also known as Artificial Intelligence.

But what makes John Deere’s farming vehicles stand out from the rest? Find out more in our latest video!

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