[DAY2] XDA Labphone — Pricing, Availability and Source

We’ve been hard at work at the XDA HQ for close to two years, with only one goal — to answer a fundamental question. That question is, “Just how powerful can Android get?”… and that is a question we will still be asking for a long time to come.

As many of you have guessed and as some of you have feared, the Labphone is just an April Fools joke. There is no Labphone. The team really came together on this year’s joke and we will take a few moments here to outline how it all came to be.

What I think is interesting is that in 2016 a phone of our dreams still doesn’t exist. Despite what you read in hashtags we’re not at a ‘never settle’ point and there is definitely a market for hackable high-end phones geared specifically towards enthusiasts. No idea how big that market would be, but for all the articles I’ve read decrying the decline of custom ROMs and such, people still want control and the ability to better customize their mobile experience. That said, the mobile hardware game is a tough one and I imagine extremely difficult to really make a profit from when your competition is spending $14 billion annually on marketing alone.


The best comment of the day has to go to:

XDA Portal Team throughout Friday

As the day went on, the joke kept growing and growing, and it eventually grew too big for us to handle: legitimate sites started believing the story, despite the April Fools date, and we also saw people who originally thought it was just a joke begin to believe in the Labphone. That being said, many sharp users managed to point out the flaws in our story: for example, we didn’t change the QR code in the benchmark screenshot (missed chance!), which led to a OnePlus One benchmark page… we also didn’t put much effort into the repo which was inconsistent with the original release. To all the broken hearts we might have caused… we are truly sorry, and we too wish the Labphone was real.

Nevertheless, it made for an entertaining April Fools. We hope that you stayed in the ranks of the skeptics and enjoyed the ride as much as we did!

It’s certainly interesting to see just how popular the concept of the XDA Labphone was and we hear you. There clearly is demand for a Labphone… maybe a year from now, things will be different.

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