Qualcomm claims Android always beats the iPhone to new features

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Android phones were certainly first to employ a lot of this technology. The U.S. based chip manufacturer has released a press statement to highlight some of the innovations that it has brought first on Android operating system. With mere hours to go until Apple unveils the new iPhones, we also have the first A11 benchmark leak for you... and it's awful news for Android. First of all, the iPhone 7 Plus is still able to beat its newest Android flagships, including the hot new Galaxy Note 8. It is unusual to see Galaxy S8 here as it not features a single rear camera. It also points out that the model is to make its inventions "available as broadly as possible" in the industry with the licensing program. These new entrant firms have now become top five smartphone companies not only in China but also in the world.

Apple uses modems from both Intel and Qualcomm in iPhones but reportedly decided, for consistency's sake, not to enable Gigabit LTE in iPhones with Qualcomm's modem until Intel chips have the same capability. The latest Gigabit LTE-enabled Android smartphones can download content from mobile networks 135 times faster than the first Android phones could nine years ago. For example, under Iris Authentication/Facial Recognition, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is listed.

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Though Qualcomm's post doesn't mention Apple by name, the company suggests it can take credit for some the features in the iPhone. The first augmented reality phone is Lenovo Phab Pro 2. It has pioneered in making the Xperia Z4 as the first smartphone with water resistant touchscreen and Xiaomi Mi MIX as the first bezel-less phone.

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.

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