Qualcomm has been a big part of Android, manufacturing the chipsets that run in just about three quarters of all handsets using Google’s OS, but they are looking to make an even bigger impact on the smartphone market with a project being dubbed “Quadroid.” The project involves Qualcomm diving headfirst into the smartphone mix through the creation of their own Android handsets.
Qualcomm is focusing on quick turnaround, speeding up production of their current CPUs to get ready for a handset launch in the next four to five months. The plan is for the phone to offer the latest and greatest in terms of OS version and hardware, so expect dual-cores and Android Honeycomb (or at least Gingerbread) when the device drops.
It seems more and more companies that have only been involved on the outskirts of phone manufacturing are seeing dollar signs when it comes to smartphones. Just don’t forget that with an untested manufacturer there is always the chance of an egg being laid, no matter how good their component manufacturing heritage is.