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Android Team at Qualcomm Innovation Center

In my five years working as an Engineer in San Diego, the most recent year working at Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has been the most exciting time for me. Mobile technology is creeping into new consumer devices and new 3rd party OS's are coming up, along with a ton of new mobile apps. It feels good to work at QuIC and to get to be a part of all these developments in some way or the other.

Qualcomm has been leading the wireless revolution for more than 20 years. However, many people still don’t fully understand Qualcomm’s role in the industry. I must confess, when I first interviewed at Qualcomm almost 6 years back, I had to look the company up on Forbes to read up on the background and the business model.

Since then, I have definitely learned quite a lot about how Qualcomm is a catalyst for the tremendous growth we have seen in the wireless industry during the past few years. I will try to share more on this topic in my future blog posts.

In my current role in QuIC, I am involved with the Android software team. More specifically, I work on porting and optimized version of the Android platform for use on Qualcomm chipsets.

At a very high level, our software teams work to get Android platform running optimally on Qualcomm chipsets in terms of power, performance and new features. We are also responsible for bringing up the Android platform on new chipsets, making sure our software ports are up to date with the latest public releases of the Android platform and helping ensure compatibility to avoid fragmentation.

In general, we want to have a better implementation of the Android platform on a Qualcomm chipset without fragmenting the Android platform itself. I will try to cover Android platform fragmentation and what we do to avoid it in greater detail in a future post.

In upcoming posts, I will try to add more details on the Android platform work done by various teams; new chipset capabilities, and how we get the Android platform to make use of them; details on Android porting; and new features and demos. So stay tuned and chime in with your comments on anything else you would like to hear from the Android software team at QuIC!

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