OEM Posts on XDA

Could Google’s Interests as an OEM Spell Trouble for Android?

Android is something special to me: My original Droid was one of the very first big new purchases I had ever made. It was the first time I signed onto a mobile carrier contract leaving the prepaid system and moved on from running Windows Mobile devices that got me visiting XDA almost 9 years ago. Even...

Huawei Sold 30% More Phones in 2016, But Made Less Profit Compared to 2015

The global smartphone market is not growing at the rates at which it once used to. Signs of stagnation and even decline are present in several once-prolific markets, forcing smartphone makers to look for new avenues to make profits and keep themselves afloat. Even in such periods of stagnation, China's Huawei recorded a nearly 30% growth...

Qualcomm Accused of Antitrust Violations in South Korea, Faces a $853 Million Fine

Qualcomm has faced antitrust accusations in multiple countries over the last few years. The company recently settled a big one within the country of China, and they were accused of similar allegations in the EU back in 2015 as well. Today, it's been announced that a regulator within South Korea wants to fine Qualcomm $853...

A Song of Glass and Paper: How OEMs’ Obsession with Blur and Glass Breaks the Transition Between Apps and System

As the adoption and spread of Material Design increases at a tremendous rate among users as well as developers, the adoption and spread of a contrasting visual language around glass increases at a similar rate among OEMs. The uncomfortably sharp contrast between the reflective glass aesthetics and the flat paper ones causes a broken user experience,...

On Affordable Smartphones: Iterative Improvements Over Time Depend on the Flagship

It's been hard this week to look anywhere in the technosphere and not see an article proclaiming the death of the Flagship. Fueling these thoughts are years of declining profits and device sales from some of the worlds largest phone manufacturers. The fuel seems to have been resparked when Apple not only posted a lower quarterly growth for the iPhone,...

Chinese OEMs in the West: Can They Capture both the Mainstream and Enthusiasts?

Chinese OEMs are no stranger to North America, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that they really started breaking into our higher-end smartphone market. Until then, offerings from major brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC have been dominating the smartphone space. In fact, the same handful of smartphone brands have been available...

The Price of Success: When an OEM’s Biggest Competitor is its Legacy

When it comes to mobile, the year 2015 was marked by what many have called “the year of compromises”, a trend in which many of the big-name smartphones couldn’t escape cutting a corner or two, specifically in hardware. So it was that we saw various regressions in aspects such as screen-to-body ratio, battery capacity and resulting...

Witch-hunts and Wizardry: On Community Reactions to Blunders and Shortcomings

When was the last time a company, app or product that you have praised left and right in conversation - and online - did a full 180 and set spark to your wrath? There might have been a small oversight at heart that caused the outrage, but with enormous consequences in the end, warranting an all-out...

Marshmallow Update & Unofficial Port Round-Up — Get Up to Date!

Come one, come all! While Nexus owners have already gotten a taste of some sweet, sweet Marshmallow, most users are left waiting for an official update. For many devices, it's hard to say when they'll receive their 6.0 updates given how many layers of testing each device needs to go through. Nevertheless, we're compiling a list...

Editorial Edge Plus Premium: OEM Naming Conventions & How They Dilute Flagships

Android is maturing. The air of an OS that “only a mother could love” (or enthusiasts in this case) is gone, and that’s great. Material design, optimizations in hardware and software sends a clear message of the direction in which Google and OEMs want to take it in the future. However, one aspect still lags...

OEM’s Choice: The Fragmentation and Subsequent Stratification of Android

"Be Together Not The Same" The slogan debuted a year ago with the release of Lollipop, highlighting the greatest strength of Android: choice. The sheer diversity of Android products has exploded in 2015, with manufacturers opting to offer multiple versions of their flagship devices, such as the Samsung S6, S6Edge, Note 5, S6E+, Moto X Play,...

Sunday Debate: How Can OEMs Turn Around Their Flagships & Profits?

This year, we’ve seen plenty of flagships -- in fact, most manufacturers decided to up their game and create multiples, splitting famous lines such as the Moto X and the Z line into two variants for a single release. This deliberate flagship proliferation came at a time where enthusiasts feel increasingly disappointed with big releases, as...
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