Now that most of 2015’s flagship smartphones we’ve seen so far are powered by the latest Snapdragon 810 processor, what does Qualcomm have in stored for the future? The Snapdragon 820 of course, along with a new Qualcomm Zeroth that promises a new mobile experience for users.
Qualcomm Zeroth is a new cognitive computing platform. It packs new hardware and software innovations that benefit from Qualcomm Technologies’ heterogeneous processing and leading edge connectivity within a highly integrated SoC. Qualcomm wants to provide a new mobile experience on mobile devices by offering on-device intelligence designed for a range of key mobile experiences and cognitive capabilities like:
- Visual Perception – Devices that can take higher quality photos and videos and make searching your content easier, enabled by computer vision, on-device deep learning and smart cameras that can recognise scenes, objects, and read text and handwriting.
- Intelligent Connectivity – Devices that can provide the fastest connectivity through autonomous optimisation and seamless service across the latest and most advanced LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies.
- Intuitive Security –Devices that can be more secure by using advanced behavioural analysis to detect and protect against new malware and provide more advanced user authentication.
- Always-on awareness – Devices that can anticipate user needs by always being aware of their surroundings through an integrated always-on sensor engine, sensor fusion and machine learning and classification algorithms.
- Immersive multimedia – More immersive audio and visual user experiences, such as dynamic audio that can adapt surround sound based on head movement and facial recognition.
- Speech and audio recognition – Devices that can learn and take instant actions by recognising environmental sounds, music and speech through always-on listening, sound localisation, sound identification and natural language processing.
- Natural device interactions – Devices that can personalise and adapt interactions by recognising gestures, expressions, and faces.
It sounds like a handful but in short, Zeroth is basically an intelligent platform that is able to learn about its user and their environment. There are always-on sensors on board that allows them to learn, and then helps the phone predict what the user needs.
As for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Qualcomm did not unveil much about its next generation flagship processor, but they did say that it’ll use a new custom 64-bit architecture (Kyro), and ill be based on a more efficient manufacturing process. The processor will be one of the first that can handle the company’s own Zeroth cognitive computing platform. Zeroth will be implemented beyond smartphones so expect it to see it on automobiles, wearables and client computing too.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, new Sense ID ultrasonic 3D fingerprint scanner and Zeroth – the next generation of smartphones would definitely be very interesting to look forward to.