Qualcomm taunts Apple with a list of Android firsts

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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.

iPhone copying AndroidAlthough Qualcomm stops short of out-rightly accusing Apple of copying Android phones, the company does hint that the features in the new iPhones are all borrowed from high-end Android phones. However, it seems Qualcomm was feeling a little lonely and maybe a bit unloved, so it made a decision to go ahead and publish a blog post listing all sorts of "Android firsts" today, which we can only guess was an effort to remind people that Qualcomm still exists. It released a list of Android firsts trying to imply that Apple is playing catch up rather than leading the market lately.

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 to get them into your hands, on a band around your wrist, or with lenses for over your eyes. But we're pretty sure it existed in other Android devices before the LG V30 (a phone that hasn't even come out). 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. Qualcomm praises the Galaxy S8 for introducing iris scanning - but that was really the Note 7's new thing if we're being technical. Currently, the phones like Galaxy S8 come with wireless charging feature.

Qualcomm's fast charging feature also known as Quick Charge is available on Snapdragon mobile chipset powered smartphones.

The first thing that jumps out are listings for "Fingerprint under Display" and "Depth Sensing Via Structured light", which are attributed to Qualcomm reference design handsets (AKA tech demos).

It's hard to dispute the general point that Qualcomm is making here, though. 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.

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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