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

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Apple iPhone innovative? No, it's Android that leads for world firsts, says Qualcomm

To this end, the chip maker has published a list of Android firsts that were made possible thanks to Qualcomm technology.

It features "Android technologies" such as fast charging, iris authentication, 4K displays, and Gigabit LTE. You can check out all the features below.

Qualcomm's list of world firsts on Android sets out the technologies and the mobile devices that used them. However, the amusing thing about it is that Qualcomm isn't the best at remembering on which devices these technologies actually made their debut.

Though Qualcomm's post doesn't mention Apple by name, the company suggests it can take credit for some the features in the iPhone. One great example is Gigabit LTE.

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

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. The first augmented reality phone is Lenovo Phab Pro 2. Lastly, I don't quite understand how it's fair to include a non-commercial "Qualcomm Reference Design Handset" in any of these categories, but hey.

Overall Qualcomm's post reads like a counter-argument to claims by Apple that Qualcomm charges too much for its licensing fees and FTC's antitrust suit against Qualcomm over monopolistic behavior, which Intel and Samsung filed briefs for to oppose Qualcomm's efforts to have the case thrown out.

A few hours before the grand iPhone X reveal, Qualcomm wants to make sure consumers don't forget about Android.

We've worked closely with Google and leading smartphone OEMs all along, including Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola/Lenovo.

"The vibrant Android ecosystem is built on Qualcomm inventions and our industry-enabling horizontal model", it said. However, the list has been revised to remove HTC One M7 from the dual camera technology.

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