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Android manufacturers are already working out how to copy the iPhone 8’s best feature

iPhone 8 vs. Android

Compared to previous iPhones, the iPhone 8 will have a variety of brand new features, including a bigger screen at the expense of the home button, wireless charging, and a sophisticated 3D facial recognition system. Of those, the latter is going to be even better and more secure than what’s available on competing smartphones like the Galaxy S8, because Apple will do facial recognition differently. However, you can already expect some of next year’s top Android handsets to copy the iPhone 8 in this regard.

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Chris Smith

August 15th

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Qualcomm goes nuclear, seeks total ban on iPhone imports

Qualcomm Apple iPhone ban ITC

Qualcomm has ratcheted its legal war with Apple up way past 11. The chipmaker has asked the US International Trade Commission to ban imports of some iPhone and iPad models from the US, on the grounds that they violate six Qualcomm patents.

A related lawsuit was also filed in a California court Thursday seeking monetary damages, in addition to the import ban.

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Chris Mills

July 6th

Apple

This obscure Android phone will steal the iPhone 8’s signature feature

iPhone 8 Display Fingerprint Reader

Qualcomm on Wednesday unveiled its new fingerprint-reading technology that works through the screen and even metal. Some will quickly say that Qualcomm just beat Apple in this particular race, but all that Qualcomm did was to announce the technology a couple of months earlier than Apple. The first phones that will incorporate it will only be launched in the first half of next year. You know, after the iPhone 8 becomes widely available (probably).

One of these devices was demoed on at MWC Shanghai after Qualcomm’s announcement. But not even that handset will be available in stores ahead of the iPhone 8.

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Chris Smith

June 28th

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Mobile

Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensors work through displays, water, and even metal

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors

A BGR exclusive on Tuesday confirmed some bad news: Samsung's hotly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 flagship phone will not have an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Instead, Samsung was forced to use a design similar to what we saw on the Galaxy S8. The fingerprint scanner will be found on the back of the phone next to the rear camera, which is probably one of the worst possible locations for it. Why did Samsung have to compromise? Unfortunately, the third-party embedded fingerprint sensor Samsung wanted to use simply wasn't ready to be mass-produced at the scale Samsung needs for the Note 8.

This is obviously bad news for Samsung fans who plan to buy the company's upcoming new flagship phone, but the good news is that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Qualcomm on Wednesday unveiled next-generation fingerprint sensor technology that will enable fingerprint scanners to be embedded not just beneath a smartphone's display, but just about anywhere at all on a device.

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Zach Epstein

June 28th

Mobile

Intel is preparing to spoil everyone else’s fun

Intel vs ARM

Intel, comfortably the largest manufacturer of desktop processors, is no stranger to throwing its weight around to protect its core business. It has spent years fighting a massive $1.2 billion fine from the EU for violating anti-trust law to shut out AMD, its only real competitor.

Now, in a new blog post, Intel seems to be quietly warning companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm not to even think about using emulation to run proper Windows 10 on mobile-style processors.

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Chris Mills

June 10th

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Apple’s fight with Qualcomm could hurt the iPhone 8

Apple Qualcomm lawsuit

Apple has been locked in a bitter dispute with Qualcomm, a major chip manufacturer that has historically supplied the wireless modems for the iPhone. According to a new report, Apple's legal dispute with Qualcomm is going to have an effect on iPhone 8 components, and Apple might have to substitute some Qualcomm chips with Intel components. Given the inferior quality of the Intel chips in last year's iPhone 7, that's not good news.

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Chris Mills

June 1st

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The Galaxy S8’s speedy processor will power Windows 10 laptops this year

Windows 10 Snapdragon 835 Laptops

At a media event at Computex this week, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that they are moving forward with plans to use the Snapdragon 835 mobile processor -- the chip that powers Samsung's Galaxy S8 -- in future Windows 10 computers, just as previously teased.

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Chris Smith

May 31st

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The iPhone 8 could be delayed by Apple’s battle with Qualcomm

iPhone 8 delay: Apple vs Qualcomm legal battle

Apple is currently engaged with an unusually harsh battle with Qualcomm, one of the key companies that designs internal components for the iPhone. Basttles between Apple and its suppliers normally don't last long: iPhone contracts are often the lifeblood of small suppliers, and losing Apple's business will put most companies out of business.

But Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the processor inside every Android phone worth talking about, is one of the few companies that can stand up to Apple. The two companies are currently engaged in a fight over patent licensing: Qualcomm wants Apple to pay it for its designs used inside the iPhone. Apple says that Qualcomm's demands for licensing the patent are unreasonable, and has instructed its manufacturers (like Foxconn) not to pay royalties to Qualcomm for the time being.

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Chris Mills

May 17th

Apple

Qualcomm’s 660, 630 chips bring high-end performance to mid-range phones

Qualcomm 660, 630 processor specs

On Monday evening, Qualcomm revealed the new Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms, bringing performance previously reserved for high-end, flagship devices to more affordable mid-range phones and tablets. The Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors are included in these platforms, along with a wide range of additional software and hardware components that will push mobile computing forward.

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Jacob Siegal

May 9th

Mobile

Qualcomm could be looking at banning iPhone imports into the U.S.

 I don’t think anyone was expecting this punch. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Qualcomm is thinking about asking the International Trade Commission (a U.S. trade agency despite the misleading name) to ban imports of iPhones into the U.S. This is the latest twist in the ongoing conflict between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm hopes that the ITC could rule on the issue sooner than… Read More

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Romain Dillet

May 4th

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