There was a hot story last week involving Qualcomm and the ereader that Qulacomm had supposedly cancelled in Q1. The story was inspired by a quote from Qualcomm boss Paul Jacobs over on the tech blog Pocket-lint. based on that quote, lots of tech blogs wrote a post about Qualcomm’s first ereader.
Unfortunately, there never was an ereader. I’m not saying any of the blogs were wrong. The quoted statement was actually said and the interpretations were valid.
Slashgear wrote a post which is a good example of reaching a wrong but valid conclusion. The title was “First mirasol ereader axed Qualcomm confirms”, and the article goes on to say much the same.
I waited to exchange a few emails with Qualcomm, and even I got it wrong. I could show the email I worked from and you’d probably think that I wrote an accurate post. Well, I didn’t.
The problem here is that the Qualcomm people didn’t choose their words carefully enough. According the email I got earlier this week, the Qalcomm people never intended to say that there was a product. They were using ereader to refer to the component they provide, not the entire product.
This all comes down to semantics. When Paul Jacobs used “ereader product”, his understanding of the word was very different from that of tech bloggers.
Anyway, I wanted to correct the story. I was one of the many wrong bloggers, so I could probably have simply forgotten about it. But eventually it started bugging me, and I had to post.