Qualcomm Tease Apple: Android Always First To New Features

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As you might know, Apple and manufacturers who build the iPhone and iPad are in the middle of a legal battle against Qualcomm.

The timing of the post is very interesting given Qualcomm and Apple are now a part of a massive legal fight dealing with patent licensing fees and antitrust laws. So the timing of this adulation for Android - one day before Apple's big September event - doesn't really strike me as coincidental. First, the company wanted to share a list of its previous implementations in the mobile arena.

Inventions from Qualcomm lay the foundation for so many technologies and experiences we value in our smartphones today - on Android and other platforms.

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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. Some of those examples include - fingerprint under display (Qualcomm Reference Design Handset), bezel-less design (first introduced in Xiaomi Mi Mix from last year), OLED Display (LG Flex 2) and Facial Recognition (Samsung Galaxy S8). The list shows all the technical firsts that have been made on the Android platform, with majority aided by Qualcomm's technical prowess.

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".

On their blog, Qualcomm has very proudly listed out all the major technological achievements in the world towards the smartphone as a product. 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. 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. As before, they'll continue to pave the way for others to come.

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