Qualcomm taunts Apple with a list of Android firsts

Doris Richards
September 13, 2017

Just hours before the Cupertino, California, giant's event, in which the company is expected to debut three new iPhones as well as other hardware, the chip manufacturer published a blog post in which it praises its own accomplishments and those of its Android partner manufacturers. The latest Gigabit LTE-enabled Android smartphones can download content from mobile networks 135 times faster than the first Android phones could nine years ago. The company claims that it has enabled some of the most notable "world firsts on Android" with some of the features still being Android exclusive to this day.

Qualcomm boasts about laying the foundation for “so many technologies and experiences we value in our smartphones today”. Meanwhile, we've been inventing foundational technologies for Gigabit LTE for well over a decade. Qualcomm has also tested under-display fingerprint scanner and depth sensing through structured light on the company's reference design handset. The first augmented reality phone is Lenovo Phab Pro 2. This phone however lost relevance after Google released its answer to Apple's ARKit for iOS 11, ARCore, which enables AR on all Android phones without needing the extra sensors. Overall, Qualcomm's post could have been a bit more researched, even if its meant to point out Apple's late but refined entry to the party.

Qualcomm says it helps "countless companies across the globe to commercialize our inventions at both speed and scale, and with a choice for consumers on price points and features".

"The vibrant Android ecosystem is built on Qualcomm inventions and our industry-enabling horizontal model", it said. Now I'm not sure I want to go back.

While Samsung, LG and Xiaomi have managed to make headlines in the weeks and even days leading up to probably the biggest iPhone launch in history, today's the day Apple completely captures the spotlight.

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The HTC One M7 had the first dual camera system on a smartphone, according to Qualcomm - but that phone definitely had one lens only.

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