Qualcomm taunts Apple with a list of Android firsts

Android firsts, brought to you by Qualcomm

But the amusing thing about all this is that, despite having a helping hand in bringing about many of these innovations, a lot of the Android firsts that Qualcomm listed look off-or potentially just plain wrong. It has worked with many new companies such as OPPO and Vivo in China. So the timing of this adulation for Android - one day before Apple's big September event - doesn't really strike me as coincidental. The company cites LG's not-yet-released V30 as being first to Bluetooth 5 when both the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 already have it. Samsung would probably also disagree with LG's G Flex 2 getting a random shoutout for OLED technology. Although the chipset company listed sample devices (not to be confused with pioneers or firsts), we are pretty sure the Galaxy S8 still does not have a dual camera on its back.

Except for the fact that, well, Qualcomm's list has more than one mistake.

"We're working on inventing the next set of world firsts and collaborating with partners across the industry", said Qualcomm. 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". It is odd to see Galaxy S8 here as it not features a single rear camera. For several years now, Samsung's high-end and mid-ranged phones come with OLED panels, and it took Apple this long to finally transition to such a display technology. It talks of the surround sound speakers, which are available in high-end HTC phones, dual-cameras, which have become fairly common in the world of high-end Android phones (although the iPhone 7 Plus) too have them.

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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. There are also some references to Qualcomm Reference Design Handset, which actually does not qualify as a commercial device.

Overall, broadly what Qualcomm is trying to say is that even though the iPhone may have kickstarted the smartphone revolution in 2007, nowadays it is the Android phones that are leading the charge. For example Qualcomm improveTouch has helped make waterproof displays and near bezel-less smartphones available.

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