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A Lack Of Substitutes To Qualcomm Causing the Damage To Ecosystem

As Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC is expected to be here soon, smartphone fanatics are eagerly waiting for its arrival. Though the announcement was made at the start of January, recent reports indicate that the consumers may need to be ready for an unexpected wait. And there is less likelihood of the arrival of any other manufacturer to fill the gap made by prevailing current market conditions.

The report stating that LG G6 won’t come with the newest Snapdragon 835 flagship SoC, seems unfortunate for LG and a setback to consumers looking towards the latest mobile technology. If this is true, it is meant to make a big blow to company sales, as consumers extend for advanced technology released in just a few months’ time. It’s not only the LG facing this problem, other leading brands such as HTC, Sony, and all the other manufacturers generally make announcements early in the year to encounter a situation where they will be relying on the same processor as last year for early 2017 models. On the other hand, the news may pose latest Snapdragon 821 devices like the HTC U Ultra a better choice ahead of upcoming notices.

The situation is altogether new in the Android ecosystem. This is because, in recent times, smartphone manufacturers have launched devices loaded with the latest processing technique. However, for these OEMs, there is no scope for good processors that can be used as an alternative to the deferred Snapdragon 835. Now manufacturers left with two options – either launch with old devices or defer the launch. While the majority of them will concentrate on performance inaction, employing the same chip also means that handsets are certain by the same feature collections and so camera, video, virtual reality, and other capabilities won’t be performing either.

Samsung’s Exynos and HiSilicon’s Kirin series are the bordering SoCs to the 821 and 835 in regard to performance and features, but these are basically fixed for their maker’s own flagships and aren’t out for the production line in anything near to adequate figures to meet rising demand. This is a complicated situation, with manufacturers dubious to buy up costly foundry lines without a solid sign that OEMs will use their products, whereas a lack of accessibility means big releases won’t catch these chips.

Given the current situation, there are lesser chances of another SoC vendor coming up with a promising alternative in anytime near. This is because Qualcomm’s wonderful business concept delivers cash for R&D and contract negotiation influence that smaller chip companies just don’t take.

Qualcomm has patents for a wide range of immensely valuable mobile technologies. The company gets money from almost every phone sale, even those without a Qualcomm chip, given that 3G CDMA and 4G LTE data technologies rely mainly on the company’s IP. If your device features a CDMA or LTE modem, the one designed and developed by another company, Qualcomm enjoys an edge.


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