Qualcomm Claims Android Always Beats the iPhone to New Features

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    On the eve of Apple’s iPhone 8 event, Qualcomm published a blog post reminding everyone of all the “firsts” that Android beat Cupertino to: these include wireless charging, dual-camera systems, OLED smartphone screens, edge-to-edge displays, and more. However, some claim to have found a “hilarious number of mistakes,” which include the HTC One M7 having dual cameras (it has only one) and the 2013 LG G Flex having the first OLED display (the original Galaxy S released in 2010 shipped with AMOLED).

    Android devices do beat Apple to a lot of things, and a good portion of the time that’s for a good reason, and others not so much (looking at you Motorola, was there any need to ditch the headphone jack first?). Regardless, Qualcomm decided to take a shot at Apple as it published a list of features expected to make their way to the iPhone (or already are), that showed up on Android first, specifically on Qualcomm powered devices. Unfortunately, Qualcomm is either recalling events incorrectly or isn’t very good at Googling things, because there are some hilarious mistakes on this list.
     
  2. Croak

    Croak [H]ard|Gawd

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    Typo on the HTC M7 maybe, since the M8 did have dual cameras.
     
  3. scojer

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    Well, if you want to get technical, the HTC Evo 3D had a dual camera. Though it was used for 3D, there are still 2 on the back.
     
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  4. Megaslug

    Megaslug n00bie

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    Ask my friend, who worked in the cell phone industry (design engineer with Sony-Ericsson), what he thinks of Qualcomm...
     
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  5. RayderR6

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    I still have that phone, I keep it as a 3D camera trinket kept in my cam case.
     
  6. Reimu

    Reimu [H]ard|Gawd

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    Qualcomm as a company is pretty shitty in charging on cellular patents/technologies, and that company is sitting on a high horse.
    I am glad that Huawei and Samsung do their own take on ARM.

    Having said that, Android is the better breeding ground for new features than Apple.
     
  7. Cali3350

    Cali3350 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Android OEM's rush out features before there fully baked in an attempt to differentiate.

    Apple sits on new features until they have them "perfect" and cost effective.

    Take your pick. Both have ups and downs.
     
  8. RayderR6

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    Thank you for that roaring fucking laugh you provided me :)
     
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  9. Reimu

    Reimu [H]ard|Gawd

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    No. Not always perfect.
    Apple's implementation of Apple Watch has only gotten polished now with LTE by its 3rd generation.
    Apple's Pencil for iPad Pro has a haphazard charging solution which sticks its rear to the back of the lightning port, which is seriously hazardous.
    Apple's iPhone 4 had antenna design issues, iPhone6 had the bandgate and the touch disease, 4S had coloration issues
    Mobileme never stuck, nor did Apple Map
    Apple worsening the #donglelife through that lightning to 3.5mm adapter on iPhone7


    We can do this list for every Android manufacturer as well.
     
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  10. Uvaman2

    Uvaman2 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Ok. ??
     
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  11. Megaslug

    Megaslug n00bie

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    Actually it just came up again last night when I was mentioning that they added LTE to the Apple Watch. Reimu's "pretty shitty" and "high horse" remarks are a good start. He talked about the indocrination they put you through when you go to one of their seminars to learn to use their components.

    He also has a friend who is an RF engineer at Apple - from what he says, it's a wonder these phones work at all, but I've never had any signal issues with mine, even the 4S with the "it's a question of where you grip it" problem. Yes, my signal levels dropped, but it never caused a dropped call, or inability to make a call. Guess I have decent coverage around here.

    As for Apple Maps - I use my phone for navigation all the time. It's never steered me wrong, which is more than I can say about any number of other mapping services. That too may have something to do with where you live - the area I've driven using Apple Maps covers basically NYC west to Buffalo and that swatch south to DC. It's never tried to send me down some dirt road, or the wrong way down a one-way street, or anything of the sort.
     
  12. DooLocsta

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    Haphazard charging FTW!

    MM.JPG
     
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  13. Krazy925

    Krazy925 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Unless those features are continued security updates.

    My iPhone 5 from 2012 just went Apple EOL.
     
  14. BigJayDogg3

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    My coworker has that mouse. It is horrible ergonomic wise, usability wise, and looks like a dead cockroach when you charge it.

    Hard pass, and this should be example number 2 when refuting Apple's infallibility.
     
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  15. Cali3350

    Cali3350 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Those points are all fair. I was thinking more a fundamental issue with technology (like a face scanner that can be broken with a flat picture), not "design decisions" (ie just weirdly designed things). Your points are certainly valid.