Qualcomm lowers its profit forecast, as Apple won't pay royalties

It all started back in January, when Apple filed three law suits against one of the biggest mobile chip makers, Qualcomm. One was for unpaid royalties, the second was for abuse of power over the market, and the third said that the chip maker didn’t follow through on promises to license its standard essential patents at a reasonable price. Of course, Qualcomm didn’t just sit idly, and filed counterclaims against Apple for a variety of reasons.

Now, new information has been released by Qualcomm, which hurts not only the chip-making company and Apple, but everyone …


BlackBerry wins $814.9 million award from Qualcomm in royalty dispute

This has been a very good morning for BlackBerry and its hardy band of investors. The resurgent company was awarded a preliminary amount of $814.9 million  from Qualcomm. The decision was made by an arbitration panel and relates to a dispute that both companies agreed to have settled in this manner. BlackBerry claimed that it overpaid royalties to the chipmaker based on a royalties cap that both firms had agreed to last year.

The royalties were computed on devices sold by BlackBerry between 2010-2015; the only question that the arbitration panel had to deal with, was whether BlackBerry’s …

Qualcomm responds to Apple's suit with some counterclaims of its own

Back in January, Apple filed three lawsuits against Qualcomm. One sought unpaid royalties that Apple claimed is owed to it by the chipmaker. Another one demanded $145 million in damages and accused Qualcomm of  “abusing its clout” in the market. And the third suit stated that Qualcomm failed to deliver on a promise to license its standards essential patents at a reasonable price.

On Monday, Qualcomm filed answers to Apple’s questions, and at the same time it added counterclaims to Apple’s lawsuit. According to Qualcomm, Apple:

Breached agreements and mischaracterized agreements …

Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling Exynos processors

Samsung has proven to manufacture very solid processors. Its Exynos chips have always been on par with the best, and they have produced consistent results that rival those of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. So, in case you were wondering why Samsung doesn’t sell its chips to other smartphone manufacturers, safe for some Meizu models, you’re not alone.

For a long time the most popular opinion was that Samsung was just trying to protect its chip-making technology, but a new report out of South Korea claims otherwise. According to said report, Qualcomm has blocked Samsung from selling its Exynos processors …

Qualcomm reveals the first chipset of its new Mobile platform

This morning, Qualcomm announced its new entry-level 205 platform at a launch event held in New Delhi. The new SoC is designed to provide 4G LTE services and connectivity for budget phones sold in emerging markets such as Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America.

As we’re looking at a system chip that is made with the intention of being present in sub-$50 mass-market phones, the specs aren’t anything to write home about. The features of the 205 chipset include a Dual Core CPU at 1.1GHz, an Adreno 304 GPU, capabilities of supporting a 480p VGA display at 60 frames …

Qualcomm: Snapdragon is now a platform, not a processor

Qualcomm said today that over the upcoming months, it plans on changing the brand positioning of its products. It is starting with the Snapdragon processor. Qualcomm itself notes that it has embraced the use of the word processor to explain how the Snapdragon chip powers advanced devices. But Qualcomm says that the term processor is now inadequate. Snapdragon represents more than just the CPU. “It’s an anthology of technology, comprising hardware, software, and services that are not fully captured in a word like processor,” says Qualcomm.

So going forward, Snapdragon now refers to a platform …

Meizu Pro 7 rumored to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, dual cameras

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu and US mobile chipmaker-slash-quasi-monopolist Qualcomm haven’t been best buds, but their recent patent battles may have brought them closer than expected – not unlike two blokes merrily sharing pints after a bloody bar fight!

Reports from China claim that Meizu is planning to launch two new Qualcomm-powered smartphones after years of doing exclusively MediaTek and Samsung hardware (with a single Qualcomm phone on the Chinese side). One of these is said to be a flagship device, not at all unlikely to be the upcoming Meizu Pro 7 – a …

Qualcomm: Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first commercial phone powered by the Snapdragon 835

Announced earlier today at MWC 2017, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium packs many high-end features, starting with a 5.5-inch, 2160 x 3840 pixels (4K) display, and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. While XZ Premium is not the world’s first smartphone to have a 4K display (this honor belongs to the Xperia Z5 Premium), it will be the very first commercial handset to use a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Qualcomm itself is confirming that the Xperia XZ Premium will be the first Snapdragon 835-powered handset to hit the market. This likely means that the Sony phone will be available to buy before …

Apple takes Qualcomm to court over unpaid royalties

Just a few days ago, we told you that the FTC has sued Qualcomm for an anti-competitive deal that supposedly was made with Apple. The contract reportedly covered iPhone production from 2011 to last year. According to the suit, Qualcomm agreed to be the exclusive baseband chip provider for the Apple iPhone during that time period. In exchange, the chip maker charged Apple a lower royalty fee. This year, Apple is using baseband chips from both Qualcomm and Intel.

Today, we have some more news involving Qualcomm, Apple, and a lawsuit. Apple has filed a suit against Qualcomm accusing the latter …

FTC files suit against Qualcomm, citing anti-competitive deal it struck with Apple

The FTC today filed a suit against Qualcomm, charging the chip maker with using unfair anti-competitive tactics in order to gain advantages from its competitors. According to the FCC, Qualcomm reached a deal with Apple that would make Qualcomm the exclusive supplier of certain baseband chips to Apple, in exchange for reduced royalty payments. The deal ran from 2011 to last year and prevented Apple from using baseband processors on the iPhone made by any other manufacturer except for Qualcomm. Currently, Qualcomm and Intel share the job of producing modem chips used on the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple …