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Always-on voice recognition comes standard with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

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Always-on voice recognition comes standard with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
The Snapdragon 800 chip is coming to the new flagships in the second half of the year - the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note III are just some of the devices to get Qualcomm’s new silicon. However you might have forgotten that the Snapdragon 800 is about more than just an increase in clock speeds.

One forgotten feature of the Snapdragon 800 is the built-in support for always-on voice recognition. This basically means that if manufacturers decide to support this, the newest Android flagships can get the same key feature as the latest devices by Motorola (including the Moto X) have.

Always on voice recognition allows for features like Motorola’s Open Mic. This in turn makes it possible to interact with your device solely using your voice - you don’t have to unlock it first. A video demonstration is at Qualcomm’s website right below, take a look.



source: Qualcomm via Android Beat

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posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:00 7

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


So the MotoX is just the beginning..Kool.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:37 12

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It was...
Does not this, kind of, nullifies the whole architecture of the X8?
Doesn't make sense home modifying an S4 chip when it's available on the snappy 800. Or this news came a l'le too late for Moto.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:53 7

11. sss_ddk (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


There are two extra cores in the MotoX, and this is just one of their features. Besides, it'll be interesting to compare power efficiency of the two features.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:57 1

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Have to wait an see huh!

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:56 6

12. roldefol (Posts: 2976; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Moto has been testing the X for the better part of the year, and likely started testing it last year. The S800 wasn't available yet, so they went proprietary. There may also have been a cost factor; as the latest and greatest, I would bet the 800 comes at a premium, whereas the S4 Pro dual does not.

I think that should translate to lower pricing for the X, but throw in US assembly and maybe it's all a wash.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:59 1

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yeah, i guess...
Won't modifying the S4 have cost them something...i mean maybe not as expensive as the 800 but it must be somewhere around.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 09:04 1

15. roldefol (Posts: 2976; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Depends where/how they manufacture the X8. If it's truly an in-house job, and they're just sourcing S4 and Adreno chips from Qualcomm but making the SoC themselves, that's vertical integration savings.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:28

22. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


actually moto states it's a separate chip which is CPU independent. they can use it with other ap, eg atom.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 11:43

20. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


The snapdragon800 devices can't come any sooner! Until now, too few have been announced with a 2013 planned release (LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3). Qualcomm must surely already have a new series of chipsets in the works for 2014. Will we get an S5 in March 2014 with snapdragon800? I don't think so, as an S4 variant with Snapdragon800 LTE-A is already available in South Korea. This means that there's not enough time left in 2013 and we'll be missing on the snapdragon800 generation as next year is going to see a new series of snapdragon in 2014 smartphones, probably snapdragon 1200, 1400, 1600 and 1800.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:12 3

2. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


"One forgotten feature of the Snapdragon 800 is the built-in support for always-on voice recognition. This basically means that if manufacturers decide to support this, the newest Android flagships can get the same key feature as the latest devices by Motorola (including the Moto X) have."

I don't think anyone forgot it. It was literally the biggest talking point about the chip besides the improved graphics and CPU.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:25 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5856; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Will the OEMs support always on? We may get an idea come September 4th with Sammy's unpacking event.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:29 2

6. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Another feature you forgot non stop eavesdropping by the NSA government yeah I can't wait

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 09:19 3

16. roldefol (Posts: 2976; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yup, we're just a few steps away from Minority Report-style monitoring. Time to invest in the burgeoning retinal implant industry.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 15:38 2

23. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Or just root your phone and get rid of the monitoring.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:52

27. roldefol (Posts: 2976; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That'll be great for the tiny minority of root users. They'll only be able to monitor the rest of the world. Technocracy FTW!

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:23

3. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


aaaaand you forgot "camera tricks" video on qualcomm. it looks like a nokia device plus the pelican imaging camera shown. the 4x4 camera sensors where nokia invested with it.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:28 5

5. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


there goes moto x advantage

all that is left is the gay camera flick(just put a gaddarn dedicated camera button) and the customization(it is just the back and you have to wait two weeks if you want to change it. isnt that what cheap arse cases do?)

but at least you get the ability to say that you purchased a premium device with high class specs(no stones please)

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:37 1

8. sniper1087 (Posts: 378; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


This doesnt mean other manufacturers will support it now, it might be a while and that might be something we have to wait for.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:43

9. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


The battery life is the aspect that I am concerned about. An always on voice feature can mean pretty much anything but how its utilized could be the difference between all day battery life and half a day.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 08:48 4

10. sniper1087 (Posts: 378; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Thats one thing motorola did right, they implemented a 720p display and a special processor and manage to get battery life for a day of use with active display on, without sacrificing performance, zero lag has been reported which is great news

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 09:21 2

17. fistigons (Posts: 263; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


The 800 will also have quickcharge 2.0. Here is the original article posted on phonearena that talked about quickcharge and the voice on feature.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-talks-Snapdragon-800-with-Quick-Charge-2.0-and-Voice-Activation_id40012

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 09:47

18. Topcat488 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


People won't have to only worry about pocket dialing anymore. Talking about a crime might get the po po at the door yo. Hehehe that would be so funny to read, in the future... Go "always on".

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 10:12

19. darkvadervip (Posts: 330; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Big brother always watching and listening

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 11:53

21. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 860; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I am loving that. If only WP had this... Or Samsung made its own Lumia 1020 (assuming this tech comes to them)...

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 15:41

24. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


only htc one max

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 15:42

25. kanagadeepan (Posts: 685; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Here goes away one of the USP of MOTO X...

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 19:33

26. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1128; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


ok google now! i want this phone ....

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 23:34

28. Tsais (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Jun 2009)


The NSA will LOVE always-on voice recognition! No more need to transfer bulky audio data, let alone having to listen to it... Just capture the resulting text and have a computer match it for words like "constitution" "democracy" or "FED" to find potential trouble makers...

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