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"alex guthrie" Discussed on Android Central Podcast

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"alex guthrie" Discussed on Android Central Podcast

"The managing editor of Android central and I'm speaking today all the way from Maui Hawaii because I have been so lucky enough to attend the Snapdragon Qualcomm summit and today's podcast episode is going to be a very special one. But before we get to that, let me get my very favorite person to get on the call hi Nick. Hey. How are you? Great. I've been on vacation and I mean, you're sort of on vacation, but not really. Not really. I'm still working, but I'm making you work. I'm really sorry about that. All right. Because today is a special episode. I want to right away introduced my guest. His name is Alex katus. And he is a very important executive at Qualcomm, would you like to introduce yourself, Alex? Thank you. Thank you for inviting me today. I really appreciate it. I am Alex Guthrie and senior VP and GM of the mobile compute and XR and wearables business unit at Qualcomm. Can you try saying that ten times really, really fast? The way I do it is I just say MCX. On the GM of the MCX business. Excellent. So we obviously are really excited to have you speak to us today because you know what Android central we talk about a lot of consumer products and smart home devices obviously next speaks a lot and writes a lot about AR devices, VR devices. And so there's a lot to talk about today and obviously during the summit two very big announcements. Well, three big announcements were made specifically with mobile with XR AR and then with compute. So we obviously wanted to talk to you about that and get some questions answered. Are you ready to be grilled? Fully, yes. Let's do it. Nick, do you want to start off by asking something about the mobile mobile stuff I know that we had a couple of questions specifically with respect to mobile and I know you wanted to know about competition and stuff. Do you want to start off and ask Alex a question? Sure, yeah. So we've seen, I guess, a bit of increased competition in some of the spaces, right? You have mediatech kind of coming in on both the XR and the mobile side. With a couple of recent announcements, you have their mobile chipset, right? Their newest dimensions, and then also there was kind of a surprise announcement with the PSVR two. I don't think any of us knew that Sony was working with media tech on that front. So interesting to see more competition in that space and just sort of wondering how Qualcomm is working with other partners given that we're seeing increased competition there and just how the platforms are evolving. Yeah, no problem. These are all good questions. Let me just start with mobile. The dementia 9200 being announced. We always feel that our competition always formidable companies. But it takes not just stuffing technology or performance into a chip to bring it to the premium tier. It's really about experiences. And everything that we've done in the Snapdragon 8 gen two has been planned for best user experiences across all of the functions that we have. You know, I can start, for example, I'll give you a brief. Even the CPU configuration that we have in that device is especially done to make sure that 32 bit apps can perform very well and 64 bit apps can perform really well. It's legacy apps that we have to support and teach your apps that are coming. Second, we looked at the system solution to see, is it necessary for us to have four small cores or four big course and it turned out most applications that we're going into have a better use case better power and better user experience with those four big cores. And then there's a lot of offload that happens from gaming from the GPU to CPU configurations. Those CPU configurations are especially designed to make sure the gaming experience as well. Then you go to camera. The camera use cases are always been our biggest strength. Outside of making a complete SOC, the camera stands out the most. People buy phones because of the camera quality. And our support of AI plus camera makes it second to none in the market. If you look at top dxo benchmark measurements, 8 out of ten phones are all call comp based. So we have a very, very strong legacy and camera use cases and blending in AI makes a big, big difference. If I go to graphics and gaming, we both introduce ray tracing capability in our graphics solutions. However, before the chip is out with OEMs, we've introduced two game engines, including unreal, Unreal Engine 5, that makes extreme use of realistic faces on game characters to make it the game experience much more realistic. We've ported an optimized to multiple game engines and two games are already optimized on top of our solution. Plus the elite gaming following that we have makes the mix the solution much, much more robust and just having ray tracing stuff into the chip. If you go to AI, you take a look at the functions that AI affect across all of the cores that are in the chip. It's unmatched again. Especially with introduction of integer four support, which allows us to have a much lower power dissipation with the same accuracy. So again, the user experience becomes better. So we've moved down to video and lossless audio through Bluetooth and security capabilities that we bring to the ecosystem. It sets us apart, not just from a technology perspective, but a user experience becomes much, much more robust. So the trust and Qualcomm to bring in a solution like that has always been the case where we win out over our competition. The OEMs realize it, the OS vendors realize it, and the developer community realizes it. And so that's what sets apart a premium tier from just technology being stuffed into a chip. I wanted to ask you something because you were speaking specifically on cameras. And I was speaking to some of the executives yesterday about artificial intelligence and how Qualcomm uses AI to really perfect its camera quality on phones. And I'm really wondering if you can kind of talk to the average user. A lot of people who listen to the Android central podcast and read the Android central page are, if you will, really big people who are knowledgeable in the Android space. However, we also do write about articles that are catering to the average consumer. The average consumer doesn't necessarily know all of the details about AI and all these really cool functionalities and stuff. So when you are coming up with these new chips that offer amazing capabilities for phones, specifically on cameras, how do you bring that value to an average user? How do you help them understand the importance of this? And make them

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