Friday, 14 December, 2018

Qualcomm claims Android always beats the iPhone to new features

Sherri Watson | 15 September, 2017, 05:22

Qualcomm has published a list of "Android firsts" on its website, hours ahead of an Apple event which is set to host the launch of the iPhone 8.

"Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day", the post read.

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Though Qualcomm's post doesn't mention Apple by name, the company suggests it can take credit for some the features in the iPhone.

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The list includes all the major specifications that most Android-powered smartphones carry. According to a report by #The Verge, this is a clear jab at Apple.

Qualcomm also further accredit Samsung for introducing the iris scanning feature with the Galaxy S8.

Nevertheless, through its licensing program, the company aims to make its new technologies available to startups and globally popular companies like Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and so on.

Among the notes, Chris Caso of Raymond James, who follows shares of chip makers Qualcomm (QCOM) and Intel (INTC), writes today that there appears to be no change in the relative standing of the two companies in supplying the "baseband" wireless modem chip for the iPhone, compared to past year, when Intel for the first time won some business away from Qualcomm for the parts.

Qualcomm points out that the first bezel-less design came in Xiaomi's 2016 Mi Mix, which has since been taken up widely in the industry.

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. Contract manufacturers that produce the iPhone and iPad, like Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp., are withholding royalty payments to Qualcomm, claiming that they are too high considering that they are Standard Essential Patents. It seems to be saying that whatever Apple unveils on September 12, it won't have anything that hasn't been on an Android phone before. It has worked with many new companies such as OPPO and Vivo in China. "The vibrant Android ecosystem is built on Qualcomm inventions and our industry enabling horizontal model". Now I'm not sure I want to go back.