Qualcomm bares plans for PH in 2013

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Chipmaker Qualcomm recently announced in a press briefing its plans for the Philippines in 2013 and also discussed the company?s new Snapdragon processors, extension of core services to AllJoyn, and its collaboration with Mozilla?s Firefox OS initiative.

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?Combined with the increasing availability of affordable data plans and the expanded 3G and 4G network coverage in the Philippines, we see good opportunities ahead of us,? said Mantosh Malhotra, senior director for business development at Qualcomm Philippines.

Qualcomm recently announced the latest Snapdragon processors ? the Snapdragon 800, 600, 400, and 200 series ? for a range of high-end and entry-level mobile phones and tablets.

There are currently more than 770 Snapdragon devices announced and commercially available globally, and more than 450 Snapdragon designs are in development, including more than 35 tablets.

An integral part of Qualcomm?s efforts in supporting the evolution Internet of Everything (IoE) is AllJoyn, Qualcomm?s peer-to-peer networking technology that allows an individual to share entirely new classes of connected apps including multi-player gaming, social media sharing, and multi-user productivity tools.

Qualcomm announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 that it will extend its AllJoyn software framework with several core services to advance interoperable compatibility.

Available on different OSes and from different vendors, it will be launched under an open source license at AllJoyn.org and will include standard communication protocols for notifications, audio streaming, control panels and easy on boarding of multi-device configurations.

The chipmaker is also working closely with Mozilla to optimize the Firefox OS for Snapdragon processors since the early inception of Firefox OS.

By working closely with Mozilla, Qualcomm has been able to optimize the software for Snapdragon processors so that it is tightly integrated and engineered to deliver great performance for high volume smartphones.

?Qualcomm is excited to play a key role in this initiative to support the availability of 3G smartphones while collaborating on the evolution of mobile services and applications for HTML5,? said Malhotra.

For in 2013, Malhotra said Qualcomm expects to see two things to happen in the Philippines: the gradual increase of capabilities in smartphones and an update on the launch of LTE devices.

?We expect that 3G will remain as the dominant telecommunications technology since most telecom companies will continue to invest in this technology as data consumption grows. Qualcomm will work closely with local companies to bring to the Philippines a significant variety of local brand smartphones that are highly functional and affordable,? Malhotra concluded.

Qualcomm said it will also continue to support the expansion of the Wireless Access for Health (WAH) project in the Philippines, a public and private collaboration that focuses on streamlining the reporting process at clinics and hospitals in the Philippines and improving access to accurate and timely patient information for clinicians and decision makers by utilizing 3G wireless technology.

The WAH project, supported through Qualcomm Wireless Reach, currently enhances the quality and timeliness of data at 31 health clinics in the Tarlac province.

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