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Qualcomm Enables Developers to Power 5G App Revolution on Android

— Allows Developers to Take Advantage of Multi-Gigabit 5G Capabilities by Intelligently Assessing 5G Connectivity and Performance —

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced at Google I/O its work with Google to empower applications for 5G by enhancing developer APIs in Android Q.

This year, the Android ecosystem is rapidly transitioning to 5G, with virtually all major Android OEMs planning to launch flagship 5G smartphones based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.

The next release of Android, Android Q, is designed to allow applications to detect the performance of 5G connectivity on Android devices, enabling developers to create new experiences that take advantage of 5G connectivity and its unique capabilities – including multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency.

Android developers can unlock transformative experiences in premium 5G devices made with Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G products, including near-instant access to cloud services, multiplayer cloud gaming, shopping and navigation with AR, and real-time video collaboration. Through the exposure of new network performance information such as 5G throughput estimation, developers will be able to utilize 5G performance to re-energize their existing applications with superior quality video, audio and responsiveness, while opening doors to the next wave of breakthrough applications and 5G-enabled experiences.

“4G enabled a new wave of disruptive mobile applications and services, essentially serving as the foundation for the smartphone revolution, and we believe 5G will be even more transformative,” said Francesco Grilli, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “5G is here with networks and devices launching across the globe in 2019, and now it’s time for application developers to bring 5G to life by reimagining what is possible with 5G multi-gigabit connectivity and blazing-fast responsiveness.”

“Android is the platform for innovation, proven by the speed with which it is able to embrace technological advances like 5G,” said Bob Borchers, vice president of marketing, platforms and ecosystems, Google. “We’re excited to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies at Google I/O to support developers and the larger ecosystem in unlocking 5G’s full potential.”

Qualcomm Technologies and Google will be presenting details at Google I/O on how developers can start creating network applications that can take advantage of 5G. Developers can start today creating network-aware applications that take advantage of 5G by visiting the Android Developer site for more information about the Connectivity Manager. 

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Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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