Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Qualcomm is hard at work on building a modified version of its flagship Snapdragon 810 processor just for the Galaxy S6, recent reports have claimed — but only handsets powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset are expected to be available at launch.

If you have to have a Qualcomm chip, then, you’re going to need to wait.

Fancy swapping your iPhone for one of these? Photo: Xiaomi

Fancy swapping your iPhone for one of these? Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker that’s found fame in the West thanks to its many Apple clones, is said to be preparing a trade-in program that will swap your iPhone for the newly-announced Mi Note phablet.

The program is designed to dissuade those with an older iPhone from upgrading to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or to encourage those who already have to make the switch.

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Fastboot on an HTC One M8. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

If you want to unlock the bootloader on your Android device or flash a custom recovery so you can use third-party software, you need a Mac or PC. But that could soon change, thanks to Google.

The search giant is reportedly working to bring the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and fastboot to its Chrome OS platform, allowing those with affordable Chromebooks and Chromeboxes to tinker with Android development.

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Samsung could get special treatment from Qualcomm. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung could get special treatment from Qualcomm. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s issues with the original Snapdragon 810 may have forced Qualcomm to build a brand new processor just for the Galaxy S6.

Sources say the chipmaker is modifying the original design of its latest SoC to secure its place in what will almost certainly be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone to date — and quite possibly the most successful Android-powered device of 2015.

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