Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Qualcomm: Android always beats 'iPhone' to new features

Qualcomm: Android always beats 'iPhone' to new features

The blog post ends with a kicker that can either be read as another shot directed at Apple or perhaps just a healthy reminder of how competitive the mobile world has become. We're pretty sure that Apple will claim "innovations" again when their new phones come out, but Qualcomm did not do itself any favors by getting some of the facts wrong. Originally, the HTC One M7 was listed as having the first dual camera system and it actually was the HTC One M8 that was the first with a dual camera setup. The list shows all the technical firsts that have been made on the Android platform, with majority aided by Qualcomm's technical prowess.

Apple uses modems from both Intel and Qualcomm in iPhones but reportedly decided, for consistency's sake, not to enable Gigabit LTE in iPhones with Qualcomm's modem until Intel chips have the same capability. The chip maker says that the Galaxy S8 is the first device enabled with Gigabit LTE connectivity.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm attributes industry firsts in using depth sensing via structured light and placing a fingerprint scanner under the display - which Apple reportedly was unable to achieve - to two Qualcomm "reference design" handsets.

What do you guys think about this Apple - Android rivalry? Qualcomm doesn't explicitly mention Apple in the post, but at this point, apart from iOS, there is simply no other competition for Android.

The reason for Qualcomm to list a wide variety of smartphones is because the chipset marker works closely with a number of smartphone makers ranging from Samsung, LG, HTC, Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi for upcoming technologies.

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

Nonetheless, Qualcomm's efforts have surely made the Android platform and the smartphone platform on the whole a better one compared to ones that existed a few years ago.

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