Sep 18 AT 3:44 PM Dustin Earley 3 Comments

Qualcomm has shipped 1 billion Android devices with its processors inside


Qualcomm is, without a doubt, one of the world’s leading mobile chip manufacturers. It seems like just about every flagship Android device launched inside the US is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon. So just how many devices have been shipped running a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor?

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf made the announcement today at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference in San Francisco that Qualcomm has shipped 1 billion Android devices running Snapdragon processors. If you think back over the years, Qualcomm’s road to 1 billion devices shipped was no easy path. Qualcomm has faced some tough competition, battling everyone from Intel, to TI, Samsung and MediaTek to put its chips inside the next big Android phone.

With Qualcomm having now set its sights on the low-end market, there’s good reason to believe the next billion Android devices shipped will come up faster than you think. Long live the king.

Source: Droid-Life

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • jamal adam

    That’s quite the milestone and they’ve done with consistently better more integrated and awesome processors each and every year now I just want that Snapdragon 810 processor with its 64 bit support and I’ll be happy.

    • SGB101

      By the time you get that that, you’ll be longing for the 820 😉

  • a Linux dude

    Quite the milestone, yes, but the listed competition hasn’t been until recently:

    Intel does not compete against Qualcomm until very recently: the former is x86 and its PC-based ecosystem, the latter is ARM (for its main CPUs). And Intel had no RF engineers until recently; in contrast, RF is Qualcomm’s real bread and butter, and where most of their patents lie (LTE, any flavor of CDMA, etc).

    TI has traditionally been Qualcomm’s competition on the embedded front, but guess what? They didn’t have the radios, and builders would have to buy from Broadcom, Atheros, and others to get them. I think this is part of the reason why they threw in the towel and no longer compete in the phone arena.

    Mediatek is Qualcomm’s newest competitor, replacing TI. Unlike the neutered TI and its worthless board of directors that got out of the kitchen when the fire got too hot, Mediatek is the hot new chef that came out of nowhere and is now challenging the top dog. They still have a way to go on the radio front, but they’re trying, and the word is they’ll have 64 bit ARM mobile chips shipping (not sampling) before anyone else.

    Then there’s Samsung, the only conglomerate in this list, who wants to build everything themselves to save money; unfortunately, some things are really good (flash and displays, some so-so (the processors/SoCs themeselves), and some really lousy (their entire soft/firmware department, as their other things like TVs have problems, too!)

    Out of these, I think Mediatek is the one to watch the most on the CPU front because they’re hungry and I think Samsung is kind of loafing around on the SoC front. As for Intel, they may be a threat later with Broadwell or Skylake comes in in a SoC format, but right now they only matter on tablets, especially with winblows since it still only works on x86.