12 September, 2017
This phone however lost relevance after Google released its answer to Apple's ARKit for iOS 11, ARCore, which enables AR on all Android phones without needing the extra sensors. It really rubs the lemon right into Apple's eye, and rightfully so. Qualcomm is one company who has been in legal disputes over technological patents with Apple, which is why they did their part in dampening the hype around the next iPhone. For Bezel-less display, the Xiaomi Mi MIX is credited, and the Sony Xperia Z4 is named for the first water resistant touch screen.
Semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm posted a list of innovations and inventions that the company has implemented in Android-based smartphones in recent years.
We know what Qualcomm is trying to do - it's making sure people know that some of the technology which will most likely be highlighted on the iPhone X tomorrow already came out on Android phones. Qualcomm also seems to think the HTC One M7 had a dual-camera system; it didn't.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm attributes industry firsts in using depth sensing via structured light and placing a fingerprint scanner under the display - which Apple reportedly was unable to achieve - to two Qualcomm "reference design" handsets.
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". But Apple's response is always that it doesn't aim to be first and that it only ships features when they're up to the company's standards.
On their blog, Qualcomm has very proudly listed out all the major technological achievements in the world towards the smartphone as a product. 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". As before, they'll continue to pave the way for others to come. 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".