Qualcomm taunts Apple with a list of Android firsts

Qualcomm wants the attention of the media mere hours ahead of the iPhone X announcement, listing a number of "Android firsts" enabled by the American chipmaker.

Qualcomm says its list "is by no means exhaustive", and some of the picks do seem a little sloppy and ill-informed.

The list includes some of the technologies that we've all come to love, including fast-charging and Quick Charge technology, dual cameras, iris authentication, fingerprint under the display, 4K display, gigabit LTE, Bluetooth 5, and so much more.

"Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day", it boasts.

Qualcomm is definitely correct, as certain Android smartphones have introduced new technologies with its help in the past and have later been used on iPhones.

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Apple and Qualcomm are both embroiled in a chaotic legal battle. One great example is Gigabit LTE. Meanwhile, we've been inventing foundational technologies for Gigabit LTE for well over a decade.

Xiaomi's Mi Mix is rightly credited as the smartphone that ushered in the era of barely-there bezels that has continued with the Galaxy S8 / Note 8 and LG G6 / V30. Qualcomm improveTouch can also support displays that have unique shapes with curves - which enabled Essential Products to create a smartphone with a near bezel-less display. There are also some references to Qualcomm Reference Design Handset, which actually does not qualify as a commercial device. The first augmented reality phone is Lenovo Phab Pro 2. And although it is easy to see that Qualcomm's point has been made at a time when the company is fighting with Apple, it is also easy to note the company does have a point.

"The vibrant Android ecosystem is built on Qualcomm inventions and our industry-enabling horizontal model", it said.

The new iPhone will grab the spotlight, but Apple's other moves are even more interesting.

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However, it seems Qualcomm was feeling a little lonely and maybe a bit unloved, so it chose to go ahead and publish a blog post listing all sorts of "Android firsts" today, which we can only guess was an effort to remind people that Qualcomm still exists.


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