Qualcomm CEO: Microsoft shouldn't be counted out in smartphone wars

As we mentioned earlier today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer chose Qualcomm's CES 2013 press conference to make his only official appearance at this week's trade show, at least so far. Qualcomm is currently the only company providing processors for Microsoft's Windows Phone-based smartphones, and its Snapdragon chips are also inside some Windows RT tablets.

Today, in a press briefing at CES, Venture Beat reports that Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs was asked if Windows Phone could truly compete with the two smartphone leaders in Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Jacobs stated:

It’s too early to call the game one way or another. I never count out Microsoft out because they’re willing to put a lot of effort into things, they play the long game, they’ve got a lot of resources, they have a lot of benefits in the sense of tie-ins to enterprise software and Xbox.

Qualcomm clearly wants to be in business with Microsoft, both with its smartphone plans as well as its Windows RT-based tablet products. The chip maker certainly seems to believe there's lots of room in the smartphone industry for a rival to iOS and Android, and it wants to be on the ground floor should Microsoft become more successful in this particular field.

Source: Venture Beat | Image via Venture Beat

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yeah he is right, it has to be counted out for ever. smart phone war should be counted between iOS, Android and bad OS

Just out of curiosity, does anyone else think the name 'Windows Phone' just does not help their cause with perception?

If i were to say that name to the average person, they're probably thinking a phone with a desktop, start button, and probably crashes. While we may know better, the person in the street probably doesn't.


Walrush said,
Just out of curiosity, does anyone else think the name 'Windows Phone' just does not help their cause with perception?

If i were to say that name to the average person, they're probably thinking a phone with a desktop, start button, and probably crashes. While we may know better, the person in the street probably doesn't.

Are you from 2001 or something?

Hopefully next gen Lumia WP8/WP8.5 device will use Snapdragon 800 chipset, 1080p resolution and support up to 4k video recording and playback

One can only hope

Eins.MY said,
Hopefully next gen Lumia WP8/WP8.5 device will use Snapdragon 800 chipset, 1080p resolution and support up to 4k video recording and playback

One can only hope

More interested in superior battery life myself.

Eins.MY said,
Hopefully next gen Lumia WP8/WP8.5 device will use Snapdragon 800 chipset,

Fanboy response: Windows Phone doesn't need that much processing power.

Still, it's too close to WP8 launch to add 1080p support and ensure compatability.

That's something I always say. People tend to think in the short-term while Microsoft has a history of thinking and being successful in the long-term. But hey, maybe it will be different this time around...

spenser.d said,
That's something I always say. People tend to think in the short-term while Microsoft has a history of thinking and being successful in the long-term. But hey, maybe it will be different this time around...

Microsoft still dominate the desktop market and they've got a good foot stead in the gaming console market too (after everyone said they were crazy to launch the original xbox). I think with the way Microsoft is heading in terms of windows on the desktop, they'll push for mobile computing and try to integrate more then ever (WP is doing a great job already) the cross platform of Windows PC, Phone and the xbox until people will simply want a device that just "becomes" part of, if not an extension of the desktop. With time, Microsoft will take a share of the market just like it did with the xbox. With so many cell phones, it might not be as successful as Nokia once was in numbers, or Apple, but it'll certainly make up a large market...

that is unless;

the desktop cell phone.

Apple could crush Microsoft's desktop market pretty quickly. Their next iPhone/ipad could be uber powerful when docked. Switching to a 'desktop' CPU and providing a fully featured desktop with support for a external monitor, keyboard and mouse allowing running of real desktop OS-X and it's Apps. While a little far fetched... this is already in one Android smart phone, unfortunately Apple know how to market it and Android doesn't. However, if it did become mainstream on either (apple or android) Microsoft could loose control over the desktop market pretty quickly in the home.,,,

*ahem* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv1Z7bf4jXY

Edited by sagum, Jan 9 2013, 1:05am :

They also have a history of failing on a great many projects, it's just the nature of a company like Microsoft. I'll likely never own a windows phone for many reasons, but I hope it succeeds to a certain point only to keep competition healthy. Even a few million is worth supporting isn't it?

sagum said,

the desktop cell phone.

Apple could crush Microsoft's desktop market pretty quickly. Their next iPhone/ipad could be uber powerful when docked. Switching to a 'desktop' CPU and providing a fully featured desktop with support for a external monitor, keyboard and mouse allowing running of real desktop OS-X and it's Apps. While a little far fetched... this is already in one Android smart phone, unfortunately Apple know how to market it and Android doesn't. However, if it did become mainstream on either (apple or android) Microsoft could loose control over the desktop market pretty quickly in the home.


Until someone says "hey, I want to install Microsoft Office", or "I want to install Photoshop", or any other pieces of productivity software. And then the reality distortion field is broken.

siah1214 said,

Until someone says "hey, I want to install Microsoft Office", or "I want to install Photoshop", or any other pieces of productivity software. And then the reality distortion field is broken.

Except if it was Apple's OS-X you can install Microsoft office, and you most certainly
can install Photoshop too. Hence why I said Apple could crush Microsoft.

EvilAstroboy said,

Thats why MS saved Apples a$$ ?

No MS saved Apple cause without Apple the monopoly was even clearer.

siah1214 said,

Until someone says "hey, I want to install Microsoft Office", or "I want to install Photoshop", or any other pieces of productivity software. And then the reality distortion field is broken.

Ever heard the old saying that there are more than one ways to skin a cat? There are people all over the world that are productive without Office or Photoshop, and you want to talk about reality distortion fields.

EvilAstroboy said,

Thats why MS saved Apples a$$ ?

Not sure why that's relevant now.. but what ever.. there is nothing stopping Microsoft from doing the same thing and releasing a Windows Phone that has a full version of Windows 8RT running when docked.

sagum said
Not sure why that's relevant now.. but what ever.. there is nothing stopping Microsoft from doing the same thing and releasing a Windows Phone that has a full version of Windows 8RT running when docked.
That'd be cool. So far I've only see the Ubuntu be able to run on a smartphone and act as a PC when docked.

The problem with Apple and Mac OS is simple. Other than software from Microsoft and Adobe, there's no professional software. Every standard in the fields of architecture, project management, medical practice management, retail and just about every vertical market you can name is securely locked into Windows. Then take massive geographic areas like China. Outside a few foreigners and wanabees in Beijing and Shanghai you never see an Apple product.

The world will not suddenly dump Windows and switch to third-rate expensive Apple hardware/software. What software?