Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductor in blockbuster $47 billion deal

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductor in blockbuster $47 billion deal

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductor in blockbuster $47 billion deal

Mobile technology and chip design company Qualcomm confirmed on Thursday that it planned to buy NXP Semiconductor for an enterprise value of £38 billion ($47 billion)—eclipsing SoftBank’s recent mega bucks acquisition of British chip designer ARM Holdings.

It told Wall Street that the combined company expected to report annual sales of £24 billion ($30 billion), with plans to bullishly elbow its way into “leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF [radio frequency], and networking.”

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What do you like the least about your current smartphone?

What do you like the least about your current smartphone?

What do you like the least about your current smartphone?

We’ve talked about gimmicky features found in the phones of 2014, we’ve talked about what we want from the Nexus, what Samsung could be doing differently and so many other topics. However, for this Friday Debate, let’s take a look at the handset that we are currently rocking. Setting aside the positive things that drew you to the device, what do you you dislike about your current phone? Missing features, unwanted features (bloat) or perhaps just areas where the phone’s performance could be better?

As is our recent custom, we start out the Friday Debate by hearing from a few members from our community, followed by members of Team AA and finally we’ll give our readers the opportunity to voice their opinion in the comments section. This week we had several responses, but as the post was already getting pretty length we have decided to showcase just one — though you can see the full list here.

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You’re doing it wrong: What Android OEMs could be doing better

You’re doing it wrong: What Android OEMs could be doing better

You’re doing it wrong: What Android OEMs could be doing better

Android is clearly the most popular mobile operating system across the globe but this success isn’t Google’s alone. There are tons of Android OEMs out there producing solid devices and each of these manufacturers have their own benefits and disadvantages.

For this week’s Friday Debate we take a closer look at these OEMs, either individually or as a whole, and discuss what they could be doing better. For example, could OEMs benefit from more aggressive pricing, more custom software features, new sensors, battery life enhancements? The list goes on.

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