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Qualcomm claims Android always beats the iPhone to new features
January 4, 2018, 5:31 pm

Qualcomm recently published a somewhat self-congratulatory blog post that lauds the company and its Android partners for achieving a series of industry firsts that include wireless charging, dual-camera systems, OLED smartphone screens, edge-to-edge displays, and more.

Most of those things have now been released in latest versions of iPhones. Apple and Qualcomm are currently embroiled in what is turning into a vicious, global patent licensing dispute. So the timing of this adulation for Android — one day before Apple’s big September event — does not seem really coincidental.

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 praises the Galaxy S8 for introducing iris scanning — but that was really the Note 7’s new thing if we are to be really specific. Bluetooth 5 is already available on both the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.

It is hard to dispute the general point that Qualcomm is making here. Android phones were certainly first to employ a lot of this technology and this showcases Android’s impressive hardware evolution over time.

We are working on inventing the next set of world firsts and collaborating with partners across the industry to get them into your hands, on a band around your wrist, or with lenses for over your eyes. 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, concluded Qualcomm in its blog post.


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