Dec 13 AT 2:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 74 Comments

Qualcomm shows Snapdragon S4 platform running Android 4.0


Last month Qualcomm unveiled their new Snapdragon S4 Liquid development tablet, and we found it rather odd that the device was still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Today the company shared a quick blog post to let us know they got Android 4.0.1 up and running.

PJ Jacobowitz of Qualcomm wrote, “Not only are we working to get the source code fully optimized for  Snapdragon S4 tablets, but we’re rigorously working on the code so it also supports the rest of our Snapdragon processors.”

Qualcomm's Liquid development tablet.

For those of you just joining the party, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 processor is their first built with a 28nm process technology, and it features a fully integrated LTE modem. Go read our hands-on report to see how the Snapdragon S4 should offer industry leading performance and battery life.

No actual consumer devices to feature the Snadragon S4 have been announced, but there are several rumored to be unveiled in Q1 2012. Be on the lookout for the ASUS Padfone and HTC Ville, two innovative smartphones that might be announced during CES or MWC.

If you missed out on the Snapdragon S4 Liquid tablet and want to see what Qualcomm has in store, check out the following video from The Verge.

Via: Engadget

Source: Qualcomm

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  • erikiksaz

    Yay for next gen, non-power-gobbling LTE phones!

    • Thomas Biard

      I agree but on a wider scale. Lower power consumption and better battery technology are the huge improvements that will really change the industry. More cores and improved graphics are awesome, but without the power to run it, it is all for naught

      • lxgeorge

        Ahh all the processing power in the world and no batteries to power it. Thus is the smartphone’s dilemma XD

      • agrabren

        But more cores taking less power? Dynamic cores? The industry will change based on multiple directions. How about a low-power phone that lasts 48 hours, but when plugged in, can drive PS3-quality games or drive multimedia presentations? That could also change the industry.

      • David Matthews

        I know it’s a hassle but you can always plug the tablet into a power source to play high end games.

        These new low power CPUs will make a difference but the real change is going to be in a couple of years with those crazy new batteries that occasionally get talked about. Until then I seriously doubt we are going to be able to play games like this on the go for a lengthy amount of time…

        However the future isn’t as predictable as we think it is… who knows what these hardware companies have up their sleeves!

    • booyootoo

      I’m actually ok with the 1 day on a full charge “standard” I just charge it overnight and can last through the day with normal usage…

      By the time I go to bed I am around 25% when I use it more than usual…

      So I say, bring on the extra power with the same battery comsumption.

    • phaet2112

      This is the krait, correct?

    • dafi81

      man I hope so

  • Thomas Biard

    So what you’re saying is Verizon will have 18 new devices to launch soon?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Haha maybe so. I expect most of the high-end phones on Verizon in 2H 2012 to use Snapdragon S4.

    • rekaviles

      lol. They are over doing it a bit.

      If there plans weren’t s ohigh, I would definitely jump ship and join.

  • jamal

    Looks to be delicious.

  • zyphbear

    I can’t wait to see how much SnapDragon makes ICS fly.
    That Game in the demo looks GREAT! No Studder at all.


    common we knew this was coming :)

  • AsakuraZero

    this are the type of news i like to see, new good tech, and more ICS love we all know 2012 its going to be the year of android

    • WarDrake

      You say that like 2011 wasn’t ^_^

      • stenzor

        Every year is the year of Android! I hope..

  • Adryan maldonado

    I totally want to buy that tablet.

  • keridel

    i hope i get to see these at mwc. Really excited about going :)

  • WarDrake

    Seems like an awesome platform, why don’t we have tablets with all those options out right now???

  • aranea

    I hope the tablets are released in q1 of 2012. I’m itching for a tablet but keep postponing because of the new ones on the horizon.

  • oddball

    I can’t believe how far devices have come in only a few years. The new thing seems to be more effective power consumption and I hope that trend continues. Maybe we will see a phone that goes back to the old days of charging every couple of days instead of every day or even twice a day on busy days

    • Jöran Schlömer

      It would be awesome to have a smartphone that lasts like a whole weekend :D

  • goncalossilva

    Yeah! Qualcomm wants to play :D

  • alxrock

    I can’t wait til I can get my hands on one of those!

  • David Hughes

    Awaiting for the Asus Prime (ICS to come), which I hope is not as long as my wait for the nexus

    • pekosROB

      I’d just be happy for my Transformer Prime to ship!

  • amgala

    As much as I love new tech, I hate how it makes my devices obsolete so quickly!

    • stenzor

      It’s nice if you know how to resell well.. Keep your devices in great condition, sell them on craigslist after a year and buy the next one.. That way you’ll only need to pay maybe $100-$200 every year

      • amgala

        That’s true

  • 94wolfpack

    What does one have to do to get a developer tab? Sadly I think just asking for one won’t cut it :(

    • Nick Gray

      Qualcomm said that the tab will be available to purchase in q1.

  • Fabio R

    q1 2012 i think rather q1/2 2012

  • tequilya

    Kind of sad that I’m due to pull the trigger on a Galaxy Nexus very soon (hopefully), which is still likely to have similar battery life as the current generation of phones. Crossing my fingers that by the time my two years is up multi-day battery life on smartphones is the norm though.

  • classic_hero

    Looking forward to the devices that will have this

  • Skis03

    From the sounds of it, Samsung is going to make a processor to take on Snapdragon and Tegra!

  • SuperAndroid

    I hope that isn’t the Advanced Task Killer I see in the corner in the video…

    • jasonlee

      Ha I just said the same thing lol

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  • jasonlee

    That guy is seriously running advanced task killer? Aren’t these people supposed to know how Android works? Jeez

  • inviolable

    And now for a phone..

  • Shadowlore

    For a second there, I was about to call shenanigans on the processor… then I remembered the Rezound runs the *S3*, not the S4…

    Horray for catching myself before I made myself look like an idiot ;)

    Good to see more and more progress being made on newer devices and processors especially.

  • Mike Hanel

    yummy yummy! more Ice Cream please!

  • Martjn2

    2012 is the year of hd screens and battery life.
    Thaaaaanks, finally

  • Marc’us H.

    The Android UI is so sexy-smooth w/o bloatware.

  • ArticulateFool

    The only bad thing about keeping up-to-date on gadet tech is the uncontrolable urge to upgrade every few months.

    • Shadowlore

      Agreed. I’m not quite as bad as some.. but I’ve been itching to get off my DX since Feb or so. Got a few friends that literally drop $600-700 every 2 months to get the latest and greatest phone.. *sigh*

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    Looka promising. Keep up the good work

  • HoLfElDeR

    This will be so goood

  • Richard Yarrell

    Looking good

  • nwilliam3

    Still find it amazing that after dominating the personal computer space for so long that Intel has completely missed the boat on mobile computing. I know they are working on stuff, but I kind of thought they’d of made it to the table by now. Not that we need them.

  • Hall Lo

    Looking good :) Cant wait to see it on some Sammy or HTC tablets near us soon!!

  • Fede Montemurri

    I’m using ICS in my i9000 and its really amazing, have a little lag but incredible update from google!

  • Logan Jinks

    I’m not sure if more 2ghz dual core processor and a 1Ghz quad core processor can compare in terms of raw processing power. I would bet the Tegra 3 might win the battery life department, but can compare to higher end dual core device?

  • Zeratoda1

    so when will they make available the android tablet that will kill all android tablets for 13 hours until the next best thing is announced?

  • Jimmy13

    It never ceases to amaze me how fast these devices change and grow.

    • rekaviles

      It’s insane and with no end in site.

      The demand is high, o technology is moving way fast. o.O

    • ordio

      Couldn’t agree more with you… odd thinking that my Galaxy S and Tab are considered old now that the 2 and 10.1′s are out.. and soon the Transformer.. Just WOW!

  • Anthropic

    I don’t like seeing graphics processors fragmenting the Android platform after Google put so much effort into making carriers upgrade faster to the latest OS. It’s a shit user experience trying to buy something in market and being told, not for your device, especially when it is the GS2!

  • sylar

    I just want 4.0 on my phone.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    I hope the s4 is just as fast in dual core mode as the tegra 3. Its very well possible since it is at 28mn. Compared to 42mn on tegra 3. Or and I exagerating on the 28mn vs 42mn? Or samsung’s 32mn?

  • Danny Calderon

    Snapdragons, tegra 3, just bring on the games already

  • Nathan D.

    Dammmm!!!!! did you hear the specs on that thing imagine a consumer product of that, I would get one in a heart beat.

  • Emmanuel Rodriguez

    That things gnarly!

  • Ilyse Rose

    Can’t wait to see that in person.

  • thechad

    looks awesome

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  • humidity

    I wish I could go to CES and see it!

  • eliander mendoza

    I want this :)

    • HoLfElDeR

      Me too :D

  • ToonPanda

    This is awesome :)
    I’d love to see this built in my phone soon :D

  • securifirm

    Why’s this have the mobile layout and not the tablet layout? Seems a little odd to me

  • zippyioa

    Leading performance and battery life…. so if this device is leading what’s out now, it should last ALMOST a day of normal use!? I still think battery life is the biggest improvement most users would like…. as a heavy user with lots of calls, social networking and internet usage I am forever having to charge up part way through the day. A 2 day + battery life would be a HUGE selling point for me!!

  • sgumer

    this looks really cool with the screen. i dont know too much about this technology, but i am learning more as i read and watch on this blog.