Qualcomm lists innovations that appeared first on Android — just ahead of the iPhone X launch

Qualcomm claims a list of Android firsts on its blog just in time for the launch of the new iPhones. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm claims a list of Android firsts on its blog just in time for the launch of the new iPhones. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has published a blog post detailing some of the mobile innovations that were made possible by the collaboration with Google and other Android OEMs. Cheekily, the list of innovations seem to reflect some of the new features that will be debuting in the new iPhones set to be launched later today.

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In what could be a jab at Apple on the launch day of the new iPhones, Qualcomm today published a blog post detailing some of the smartphone innovations that were a result of its collaboration with Google and many other Android OEMs. The list of innovations include Fast Charging, Dual Camera Technology, Iris Authentication, Bezel-less Design, Gigabit LTE, 4K Display, etc. The chipmaker seems to suggest that most smartphone innovations appeared first on Android and Qualcomm's horizontal business model has helped propel new Chinese smartphone OEMs such as Oppo and Vivo into the big league.

A look at some of the features gives pointers that those are indeed the ones that Apple would be showcasing with its new iPhones, which are slated to be unveiled in a few hours. Features such as bezel-less displays and iris scanning are already becoming standard in the Android world but many others in the list have even been in the iPhones for quite some time. There are also some references to Qualcomm Reference Design Handset, which actually does not qualify as a commercial device. Overall, Qualcomm's post could have been a bit more researched, even if its intended to point out Apple's late but refined entry to the party. The last sentence in the blog sums it all up — "Here’s to the next generation of mobile device start-ups and innovators, competing to bring you the next wave of class-leading Android devices. As before, they’ll continue to pave the way for others to come." We leave it to your interpretation what the undercurrent could be.

Qualcomm and Apple have been in a legal tussle recently, with the former even seeking to ban iPhone sales in the US. Apple of course, retaliated back claiming that Qualcomm's patent licensing fees are prohibitively high. We will keep a close watch on how the patent tussle pans out but in the meantime, stay tuned as we will be bringing you all the up to date info from Apple's much anticipated event of the year — right from the Steve Jobs Theater.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-09-12 (Update: 2017-09-12)
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.