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Ads, Smaller Batteries, Jello Displays — How 2017 OEMs Keep Delivering What You Never Asked For

Last year it seemed that all the bad mojo in our industry was focused on one brand: Samsung. The Galaxy Note7 will likely go down as one of the worst blunders in our industry despite its revival as the Fan Edition nearly one year later. While a lot could be written about how Samsung handled the...

Report: Chinese OEMs are Expecting Lower Sales in Q1 2017

Over the last few years, Chinese smartphone manufacturers have experienced an explosive amount of overall growth. Companies like Huawei, LeEco, and Xiaomi have become household names in the Android enthusiast community, and for good reason. We're seeing an expansion coming from these companies that can only be compared to the likes of Samsung in certain cases. These OEMs...

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,...

A Case for Unlockable Bootloaders: How Could Everyone Benefit?

OEM’s provide a service. Your device is a way to access that service, and whether you agree with the conclusion or not, you can see why they might want to limit your access to modify that service. However, there is a difference between modifying, tweaking and tinkering with your device to match your exact personal...

Where Do Successful Manufacturers Still Go Wrong?

If there's an area you think an OEM consistently does badly in, now's the time to share... Even our favorite phones have issues; little bugbears that grow in annoyance as time goes by, problems that we hope will be fixed via a software update or hardware refresh in the next edition. But what happens when the manufacturer fails to...

What Can Different Manufacturers Learn From Each Other?

If you could pick one area where your phone's creator performs well in and have others take notice, which would it be? Hundreds of smartphones are released every year, of varying size, expense and quality, but only very few manage to gain appeal across a wide audience, and even the most successful handsets have flaws. Some of...

Editorial: Why We’ll Never Have The Perfect Phone

So you’re waiting for that perfect phone, it’s bound to happen sooner or later right? An OEM will finally bow to consumer demand and make a phone with all those features that we want at a reasonable price and in doing so conquer the market. Wrong. In a recent Discuss feature we asked you, “What’s the...

Dr. Ketan or How I Learned to Stop Waiting & Flash the ROM

The Lollipop update rollouts bombed. This shouldn’t be news to those of you who have been tracking the progress of many Android devices, but for the most part, Lollipop adoption has been a rollercoaster of broken promises and disappointment for many Android users. This is not to say that many of you didn’t get Lollipop...