Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) has announced the availability of the LTE Broadcast SDK for Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Developers will be able to access a common API that can be used in all regions around the world.
While Opera Max is slowly making official launches around the world, this cloud-based data-compression service has just nabbed another partner — and it’s a pretty big one, too. Today, the Norwegian company announced that MediaTek will be embedding its app in two of its LTE-enabled 64-bit chipsets: the octa-core MT6752 and the quad-core MT6732. What this means is that should manufacturers want to integrate Opera Max into their MediaTek-powered devices (our understanding is that this feature is optional), they wouldn’t have to spend time on testing the app, ergo shorter time to market. And of course, the end user gets to load pages, music and video clips faster anywhere on the device (unlike how the Opera browser only compresses data that are loaded within it), while also saving “up to 50 percent” of bandwidth, courtesy of Opera’s cloud servers. That said, the service doesn’t process encrypted links, for obvious reasons. For those who aren’t familiar with Opera Max, feel free to check out the new video after the break.
Citrix has released the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for the second half of 2014. The latest report finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks.
In a discussion with reporters today, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead hedged Comcast’s claims that LTE is a viable competitor to traditional landline cable modems. Anyone who uses both knows that it’s a ridiculous argument LTE service is usually slower, less consistent, and comes with deeply restrictive data caps but Comcast has been leaning on it as a supposed example of why competition is healthy in the broadband internet market. The end goal for the cable giant is to convince regulators that there’s enough competition in high-speed internet service that its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable won’t create a monopoly or have a serious impact on consumer choice.0