In this post, I’ll be looking at something that has been bothering me for a while – The Way Android Smartphones Are Slowly Turning in to Commodities
Starting from the end of 2016 till date Android smartphone design aesthetics have moved from being a bit bulky to be almost bezel-less.
How Android Smartphones Are Slowly Turning Into Commodities
I appreciate that fact but every good thing comes with a little bad side and unfortunately, the bad side of this issue might actually wreck the entire Android ecosystem if companies don’t come up with good enough designs to make people see reasons to actually get a new smartphone.
If you’re wondering what I mean by Android smartphones becoming commodities, well take a close look at this image below.
Can you tell the difference?
Forget about the specs for a while and take a closer look. You know how we all see printers like mere products with different prices, we would see smartphones that way soon. Apart from that the user experience on every Android smartphone is very similar so it’s still basically the same product built on different hardware with an identical design. Doesn’t that remind you of a digital printer or any other computer peripheral?
Even smartphone companies are aware of this hard truth, they want us to buy new phones but with everything in their lineup looking the same it’s harder to sell new flagship device.
So far only Huawei and Vivo aren’t experiencing problems in selling their flagship devices, the rest of the companies, Apple, Google, and Samsung are finding it hard to sell their new smartphones and they are responding to this in different ways.
Google announced the Pixel 3A a few days ago, a smaller version of the Pixel 3, Samsung and Apple have reduced the price of some of their devices (Apple’s price cut only affected China).
Some time ago, Apple even had to reduce the speed for its older iPhones just to sell the newer ones.
I still give Samsung and Huawei a thumbs up for pulling off the design on the foldable smartphone. However, they’re both still very expensive and not something average users would want to spend money on. Irrespective of the mishap that happened on the Galaxy Fold, I still think we can look towards foldable phones to bail the Android OS out. Hopefully, the next version of the Galaxy Fold won’t be a complete mishap.
Apple might actually survive the whole issue since they have total control over its OS, Android, on the other hand, might not. Android Manufacturers should look beyond specs and give us something o