Apple wanted Qualcomm chips in iPhone XS/XR, but Qualcomm refused

iPhone XS Max in man's hand against a white backdrop.

  • An antitrust trial against Qualcomm is happening now in California.
  • During the trial, Apple’s COO claimed that Qualcomm refused to supply modem chips for the latest round of iPhones.
  • Qualcomm’s CEO also claims that it paid $1 billion to Apple to be the sole modem supplier for iPhones.

An antitrust trial between the United States Federal Trade Commission and chipset manufacturer Qualcomm is currently in session in San Jose, California. During the proceedings, Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams took the stand and dished out some notable information regarding the company’s strained relationship with Qualcomm.

According to a tweet from reporter Shara Tibken, Williams testified that Apple sought the use of Qualcomm chips (specifically modems) for use in the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. However, Qualcomm refused the request due to the ongoing legal troubles between the two companies.

The tweet is below:

If this is true, Qualcomm likely pushed away billions of dollars with the loss of this potential sale of its modems to Apple, one of the world’s largest producers of smartphones.

However, Qualcomm likely made the decision based on the allegations that Apple doesn’t keep up with its licensing payments to Qualcomm. Recently, iPhones have had to be pulled from store shelves in various countries due to the ongoing legal fights between the two companies, as Qualcomm attempts to force Apple to pay back payments on those fees.

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Apple ended up using Intel modems instead for its latest batch of iPhones.

During the same FTC trial, according to Reuters, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf stated that his company paid Apple $1 billion to become the sole supplier of modem chips for Apple. This 2011 deal is part of the reason Qualcomm is fighting Apple so hard on getting licensing fee payments. Under the deal, Qualcomm fronted $1 billion in cash to Apple and gave the company a per-unit discount. In return, Apple gave Qualcomm exclusive rights to supplying iPhone modems.

The FTC, however, is arguing that Qualcomm engages in anti-competitive behavior to keep other chipmakers from supplying to Apple. Qualcomm denies this.

The trial is expected to end sometime this week, although it could go for much longer.

NEXT: Apple pulls iPhone 7 and 8 models from stores in Germany, thanks to Qualcomm

Oppo could unveil phone with 10x hybrid optical zoom on January 16

oppo 10x hybrid optical zoom invite

As the battle for the best camera smartphone heats up, Oppo is bringing a new contender to the battleground. A leaked invitation for an upcoming event highlights the number 10, which appears to be an indicator for 10x optical zoom. The event is scheduled for January 16 in Beijing, China.

Back at Mobile World Congress 2017, we took a close look at the 5x hybrid optical zoom arrangement Oppo showed off on a prototype device. While that arrangement never found its way into a production device, it looks like Oppo might be about to one-up its own achievement!

We expect the camera hardware to include an enhanced version of Precision Optical Zoom technology.

We expect the camera hardware to include an enhanced version of the Precision Optical Zoom technology we first saw in 2017. It is likely Oppo will use a periscope-style layout for the camera assembly. The assembly uses a prism to bend light by 90 degrees. Mounting the camera on the side should give Oppo more than enough space to accommodate the longer focal length. With OIS at the telephoto end, it should be possible to get stable shots even with the image fully zoomed in.

MySmartPrice suggests the first phones to integrate the technology will be the Oppo F19 and the F19 Pro. There are further suggestions that the two phones might have a punch-hole display. Additional specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor. We expect to hear a lot more about this in the coming days with the launch event right around the corner.

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Personally, I would rather have a wide-angle lens that lets me capture a lot more of the scene than high optical zoom. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments section.

Deal: Honor 8X, Xiaomi Mi 8, and more on sale at GearBest

Just in case the OnePlus 6T’s flash sale wasn’t enough, GearBest is also offering a slew of other smartphones with various discounts.

Some of the smartphones with discounts include the Honor 8X, Honor Play, Xiaomi Mi 8, and Xiaomi Pocophone F1. Even the Nokia 8110 feature phone gets a discount, albeit a small one.

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Keep in mind that most of these smartphones are offered as part of a flash sale. That means there are limited quantities of those phones before the prices go back up to normal. Also keep in mind that some of these smartphones have additional discounts with various promo codes. Make sure to check the list below to see what those promo codes are.

With that said, here are the smartphones that GearBest currently offers at various discounts:

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Verizon and Amazon reportedly working on their own mobile game streaming services

The Verge

Two more major tech players, Verizon and Amazon, may be entering into the already crowded list of companies that plan to launch mobile game streaming services. According to The Verge, Verizon Wireless is already testing its own game streaming service with a small number of customers. The people who are selected reportedly get an NVIDIA Shield Android TV set-top box for the test, but The Verge says Verizon plans to eventually expand this streaming service to Android smartphones.

The story also includes screenshots from the service, which has the rather unimaginative name: Verizon Gaming. The images show a list of impressive PC and console games, but the screenshots are most likely placeholders. Based on emails sent to testers, it sounds like Verizon is more concerned with basic game streaming performance at first with this test. The service is currently is using Wi-Fi, but it’s more than likely that Verizon will roll out this service on its wireless network when it gets its 5G hardware fully up and running. The Verge reports that this small test version with the Shield TV box will conclude by the end of January.

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Meanwhile, The Information reports Amazon is also working on its own game streaming service. There’s not much information on this service in the report, other than Amazon has reached out to game publishers to see if they would be interested in offering their titles for this venture. Amazon is certainly well positioned to launch such a project, as its cloud-based Amazon Web Services already has a ton of experience streaming content for companies like Netflix. It also owns Twitch, the gamer-centric live video streaming service. The report does say Amazon is not looking to launch its game streaming service until 2020 at the earliest.

Verizon and Amazon will be entering a field that is full of competitors who have already revealed their plans for streaming games with cloud-based set-ups. Both Microsoft and EA announced at E3 2018 that they have separate plans to stream games to smartphones. Microsoft later revealed that its service, with its codename Project xCloud, would begin public trials sometime in 2019.

In October, Google announced and launched a public test of Project Stream, which allowed people to stream and play the full version of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on a PC, Mac, Linux, and even a low-end Chromebook via the Chrome browser. That tech test is scheduled to end on January 15. So far, Google has not yet revealed what it plans to do with Project Stream.

Of course, Sony already has its own game streaming service, PlayStation Now, which allows PlayStation 4 and Windows PC owners to stream and play hundreds of classic and current PS4 games for a monthly fee. Sony has never revealed how many subscribers it has for PlayStation Now. NVIDIA also has its GeForce Now service, which lets people purchase PC games on Steam and other services, and then lets them play those games remotely on their PC, Mac and their Shield TV box. That service is still in a closed beta test.

Launch your project management career in style for only $19

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By 2020 there will be 15.7 million new project management jobs created. (Greycampus.com)

There are various methodologies in the project management world, such as Agile, Lean, and Scrum. While these might sound like buzzwords now, this huge collection of online training kits can take you from newbie to pro-level in this lucrative field.

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This week in Android: Our CES 2019 Awards!

Our best of CES awards are included in our CES 2019 wrap up

This week was all about CES and appropriately most of our top stories from this week came from that event. We gave out our Best of CES Awards, awarded the best audio devices, and even rounded up the best smartwatches and wearables. We saw expansion of Google Assistant in both hardware and software, too.

Outside of the trade show, we got news of Samsung’s latest flagship coming earlier than we expected. February 20 is the official date of Samsung Unpacked when we expect to see the Galaxy S10, and maybe even a folding phone! Speaking of Samsung, the iPhone turned 12 this week, and we compared it to our Best of Android 2018 winner, the Note 9, to see how far we’ve come.

Add to that a rugged phone, a gaming phone, and a chat with OnePlus, and you have yourself a pretty full week!

Here are your top stories for the week

Android Authority’s CES Top Picks 2019 Awards: Our favorite products from the show

We scoured the show floor to find the very best that CES had to offer. Come check out what impressed us!


Samsung to launch Galaxy S10 on February 20

Samsung’s next flagship phone is coming sooner than we all thought and we have the details here!


Smartwatch roundup: All the best wearables we could find at CES 2019

You want wearables? CES has all the wearables! We found the best ones for you.


Best audio products of CES 2019

Our sister site, SoundGuys, found the best audio products on the show floor for your inner audiophile.


Google Assistant Connect makes it easier for companies to create smart products

Google wants the Assistant built into more devices, and now it’s easier than ever for more products to tie into that ecosystem.


Hands-on: The Lenovo Smart Clock is a cheaper Home Hub for your bedside table

But, if you don’t want to wait for that, you can have a Google Assistant powered alarm clock from Lenovo.


Hands-on with the Cat S48c rugged phone, available now on Verizon

Want a smartphone that you couldn’t break if you tried? Cat has some good news for you.


The iPhone turns 12: Here’s how it compares to the best Android phone of 2018

Since the iPhone turned 12 this week, we thought it would be interesting to look back and see how smartphones have evolved since that time.


We talk with OnePlus about T-Mobile, the new TV, and the invite system

While at CES, we had a chat with OnePlus about the past, present and future of the company. You don’t even need an invitation to read it!


Nubia Red Magic Mars hands-on: Best budget gaming phone?

The Nubia Red Magic Mars is a sharp looking gaming phone for under $400, which is pretty awesome if you ask us.


Who wants to win a OnePlus 6T?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 6TEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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96% price drop on the 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle

The 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle

You don’t need a college degree to be a Computer Science whiz. In fact, it would take you a number of years and many thousands of dollars to go down that route. Online courses are often much more affordable, and let you learn at an accelerated pace.

The 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle is one such solution. This 11-part super bundle contains over 110 hours of expert-led training. It covers the most vital technologies you need to succeed in this industry, and makes an excellent platform to launch your tech career.

Master mainstream tech skills such as web development and software testing.

Naturally, a good chunk of the bundle is learning how to code in popular programming languages such as Python and JavaScript. The video demonstrations are hands-on, and often you’ll apply your skills in real-world scenarios.

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2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle

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The 2019 Computer Science Bundle in full:

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5 best desktops of CES 2019 – for gaming, business, and personal use

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Laptops grabbed a lot of attention at CES 2019. Loads of great models debuted, including the Lenovo Legion Y740, Razer Blade 15, and Dell XPS 13. However, we also saw a number of awesome desktops in Las Vegas aimed at gamers, artists, and business owners. Here are the five best desktop computers to be announced at the show.

MSI Infinite S

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MSI’s Infinite S is aimed at gamers. It’s a very compact tower at just 348 x 244 x 128mm, but it still packs impressive specs. It’s powered by the 9th generation of Intel’s Core processors (up to Intel Core i7) and sports Nvidia’s new RTX 2060 GPU. The device also features MSI’s Silent Storm cooling system and up to 32GB of RAM.

The Infinite S received two CES Innovation awards and is designed with performance and space in mind. The PC looks cool too, with a rugged case and a customizable RGB strip on the front.

The MSI Infinite S will go on sale somewhere in late Q1 or early Q2. Pricing will be between $700 and $800 depending on the configuration you choose.


Lenovo Yoga A940

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Designed for digital artists, the Lenovo Yoga A940 is an all-in-one desktop PC that looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Studio. It sports a 27-inch touchscreen display, which you can tilt down to a 25-degree angle. It also features Lenovo’s Precision dial that can be placed on either side of the display and gives you more precise control over your work. You can adjust the brush size, opacity, and other settings in programs like Photoshop.

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The device is powered by the Intel 8th-gen Core i7 processor and comes with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It also has an integrated wireless charging pad for charging a supported smartphone while working.

The Lenovo Yoga A940 will go on sale in March starting at $2,350, making it quite a bit cheaper than Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2. The retail box includes a mouse, keyboard, and digital stylus, in addition to the Precision dial and the device itself.


HP Omen Obelisk

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At CES 2019, HP announced upgraded versions of its Omen Obelisk desktops, which now come with the 9th generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors and Nvidia Turing graphics.

HP’s high-end Omen Obelisk desktop comes with the Intel Core i9 processor and will go on sale in March.

There are two versions of the desktop available. The entry-level model sports an Intel Core i7-9700K processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, while the high-end variant offers an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPU. Both have 16GB of RAM.

The computer looks more or less the same as the original, which isn’t a bad thing. The case is gorgeous and has a tool-less design, making it easy to upgrade components. It also comes with a second SSD slot for adding more storage. The new HP Omen Obelisk will be available from March and will start at $2,250.


Corsair One series

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There are three new desktops in Corsair’s One range. The most powerful is the One Pro i180, a compact gaming device with top-of-the-line specs and a high price tag. It features the Intel Core i9-9920X processor, Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics, and 32GB of RAM. There’s a 960GB SSD and 2TB HDD drive on board as well as customizable RGB lighting. The device comes in at a whopping $5,000.

If that’s too rich for your blood, the One i160 might be a better option. It’s cheaper than the Pro model but still quite expensive at $3,600. It’s a powerful device, packing the Intel Core i9-9900K processor, a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU, and 32GB of RAM under the hood. It has a 480GB SSD and a 2TB HDD.

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The least powerful and cheapest of Corsair’s new PCs is the One i140, featuring an Intel Core i7-9700K processor and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. You’ll get the same storage and RAM as the i160 model, but the price is lower at $3,000.

The Corsair One Pro i180 and One i160 are already up for pre-order, with sales officially kicking off on February 12. The i140 model can be purchased right away.


Asus ProArt PA90

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Asus is marketing the ProArt PA90 as a device for content creators. It’s extremely compact, with a height of 365mm and a diameter of 176mm. It weighs around 5.8kg (12.7lbs). The PC is powered by the Intel Core i7-9700K or i9-9900K processor paired with either the Nvidia Quadro P2000 or P4000 GPU.

When the CPU is under heavy load, the top of the device raises to allow for increased airflow.

The PC has a simple and elegant design with LED lighting on top that changes color to show the load of the CPU. When under heavy load, the top of the device raises to increase airflow and cool it down. It’s pretty cool — check it out in the video below.

Unfortunately, Asus did not share when the device will go on sale — it only said the computer would be available in the coming months. Pricing has also not been announced, as it will likely differ from market to market.


There you have it. These are the best desktops we’ve seen at CES 2019. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

The best mobile accessories at CES 2019

From the “standard” smartphones, laptops, and smartwatches to the jaw-dropping, futuristic, and bizarre, there were a lot of devices, products, and new technologies shown off at this year’s CES. There was also a slew of useful and interesting accessories announced at the event to help you get the most out of your smartphones or tablets. Here’s a roundup of the best mobile accessories at CES 2019!


JBL Link Drive

JBL Link Drive Harman

The JBL Link Drive brings Google Home and Android Auto-like features to your car by acting as a bridge between your phone and your car stereo. Simply plug the compact Link Drive into a cigarette lighter port, pair it with both your phone and your stereo, and then issue “OK Google” commands without needing to touch your phone.

You can answer calls, have text messages read to you, get directions, and do a whole lot more. It’s equipped with two noise-canceling mics to remove engine and road sounds and never miss a command. If your car stereo doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, you can also connect the device using an aux port. The JBL Link Drive also features a 2.1A USB port for charging your device on the go. The Link Drive will land sometime this spring at a retail price of $59.95.


Anker ROAV Bolt

A promotional image of the Anker Roav Bolt in an automobile.

The JBL Link Drive isn’t the only way to get the Google Assistant in your car. Also announced at CES was the Anker ROAV Bolt. It also plugs into the cigarette lighter port of the car and connects to your phone via Bluetooth and the car stereo via Bluetooth or the aux port. You get to control everything with your voice and brings to the car everything that the Google Assistant is capable of.

It has a couple of advantages over the JBL Link Drive as well. You get two USB ports with the ROAV Bolt and it is also slightly cheaper, priced at $50. The Anker ROAV Bolt will be available in February.


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Anker PowerPort Atom PD

Anker showcased a lot of devices at CES this year, including the ROAV Bolt, a new Bluetooth speaker, a mobile projector, and more. However, what the mobile accessories company is best known for is its charging devices, and these weren’t left behind either. First announced back in October, Anker PowerPort Atom PD range is now ready to go on sale.

It’s one of the first chargers in the market to use gallium nitride (GaN), which is capable of handling high temperatures and allows for higher efficiency and output in a more compact package. This USB-PD charger provides a 30W output, letting you charge any smartphone that supports the standard, as well as devices like the Macbook Air and Nintendo Switch.

This ultra-compact wall charger will be available later this month, priced at just $29.99. Anker will also launch a 60W charger with 2 USB-C ports and a 100W charger with 2 USB-C ports and 2 USB-A ports later this quarter.


Corning Gorilla Glass personalized case

Last year, Corning introduced its new Ink Jet technology for its line of Gorilla Glass, allowing you to print photo-quality images onto Gorilla Glass, opening up the door for fully-customizable glass backs for smartphones. Although not at the back of an actual phone, Corning brought Ink Jet to CES 2019 and demonstrated it using glass-backed smartphone cases. Creating a case and getting the final product in your hand is surprisingly quick and easy, as Android Authority’s own C. Scott Brown can attest to.


iOttie One Touch Connect car mount with Alexa built-in

iOttie car mount with Alexa built-in

We don’t really expect much from our car mounts except for it to hold your phone in place properly. However, with the on-going surge of AI assistants, is it really surprising that this tech has made its way to our car mounts as well? Meet the latest iOttie Easy One Touch Connect car mount with Alexa built-in!

This doesn’t need to connect to your phone in any way, with Alexa integrated directly into the car mount itself. Two noise-canceling mics ensure that the device doesn’t miss a command and you get access to everything Alexa is capable of, including a range of over 70,000 Alexa Skills. Of course, you also get to take advantage of iOttie’s Easy One Touch Connect mechanism to easily place and remove your phone from the car mount. No pricing information is available yet, but the car mount will be available later this quarter.


iOttie Auto Sense car mount

iOttie auto sense car mount

If you’re too lazy to use the Easy One Touch Connect mechanism found with other iOttie car mounts, the company has a solution for you. The Auto Sense car mount uses a proximity sensor to know when you are moving the phone towards the car mount and opens its motorized arms to let you keep the phone. The arms then automatically close and hold the phone in place. The car mount also comes with a 10W wireless charging pad to charge any smartphone that supports the Qi-wireless charging standard. The iOttie Auto Sense car mount will launch later this year priced at $55.


Nomadplug travel adapter

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Travel adapters are a dime a dozen, but what makes the Nomadplug stand out is the fact that it is guaranteed to work in 195 countries, while most work in up to 160 and often not even that many. The premium build quality is a huge positive and its unique design makes for a device that is quite compact despite its impressive capabilities. The travel plug also features a built-in 5,000mAh power bank with two USB-A ports and one USB-C port. Prototypes of the device were shown off at CES and the final product is expected to ship to Indiegogo backers in March. When released, the Nomadplug is expected to be around $120.


Mophie Powerstation PD portable power banks

mophie powerstation PD

Mophie introduced two new portable power banks at CES – the Powerstation PD and the Powerstation PD XL. The former comes with a built-in battery of 6,700mAh and the XL stays true to its name with its 10,050mAh capacity. Both power banks come with a USB-C PD input and output port and a USB-A port, allowing you to charge two mobile devices simultaneously. Both Powerstations come with a textured design that looks great and keeps them safe from scratches and scuffs. Both the Powerstation PD and the Powerstation PD XL are available now from Mophie and are priced at $59.95 and $79.95 respectively.


So there you have it for this roundup of some of the best mobile accessories that were seen at CES 2019! Don’t forget to check out our extensive CES coverage for a ton of cool new products that were launched at the event, and you can find more roundups like this below –

The new National Geographic app looks nice, but still needs a bit of work

National Geographic

  • National Geographic launched a new app on the Play Store.
  • The app replaces the current National Geographic magazine app.
  • Unfortunately, only folks in the U.S. and Canada can download the new app.

National Geographic launched a new app for folks in the U.S. and Canada. The app replaces the current National Geographic magazine app and looks very clean, but it needs just a bit more time in the oven.

Opening the app brings you to the Home section, which features four tabs: For You, Read, Look, and Watch. As the name suggests, the For You tab is a list of personalized and curated content that updates as you consume more stories.

If curation isn’t your jam, the Read and Look tabs let you read articles and look at pictures, respectively. The Watch tab contains numerous National Geographic clips. You’ll still have to download the Nat Geo TV app if you want full episodes.



The next app section is Magazine, which contains National Geographic’s current and previous magazines. You can even go all the way back to the original issue in 1888.

The last two sections are Search — in addition to a search bar, the section contains a small list of trending topics you can search — and Settings.

The app sections and tabs help navigation remain as straightforward as possible. It also helps that the app as a whole is aesthetically pleasing, though haters of white app backgrounds should look away.

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My only issue with the new National Geographic app is the performance and a bug or two in some areas. For example, the most recent National Geographic magazine didn’t show up for me after I finished watching a video in the Watch tab. I had to load in older magazines for the newest magazine to show up again.

Another bug I encountered was in the Watch tab, where the Nat Geo TV app ad at the top was absent for a few seconds after I finished a video. Finally, the Settings section was a stuttering mess before smoothing things over on its own.

I’m sure National Geographic will improve the app’s performance and squash some bugs in future updates. In the meantime, you can download the new app at the link below.