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Qualcomm's takes a subtle shot at Apple, gets its facts wrong

Qualcomm's takes a subtle shot at Apple, gets its facts wrong”

In a blog post, the chip maker made a list of smartphone firsts that took place on Android phones thanks to Qualcomm technology.

Now, it's now at all hard to interpret Qualcomm's aggressive move to dampen Apple's iPhone product launch due to happen in the course of a few hours.

Qualcomm has shared twenty features like dual camera, augmented reality, OLED display, and quick charging, which came to Android devices first. Earlier this year, Apple sued the chipmaker for roughly $1 billion claiming that Qualcomm has been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with".

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

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. Other notable mentions are Gigabit LTE (Samsung Galaxy S8) and Bluetooth v5.0 (everything running the Snapdragon 835 SoC).

"We've been inventing foundational technologies for Gigabit LTE for well over a decade", Qualcomm says.

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. It also takes credit for enabling the bezel-less design in Essential's new phone. There are also some references to Qualcomm Reference Design Handset, which actually does not qualify as a commercial device. As you might know, Apple and manufacturers who build the iPhone and iPad are in the middle of a legal battle against Qualcomm.

As you'd expect for a post essentially meant to counter Apple's flagship launch, Qualcomm kept mum on things like iOS, iPhone and related.

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".

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