Although Android is the most popular operating system, not all smartphones running it are prosperous. In fact, some of them have incurred huge losses for the companies that manufactured them. The key reasons for a device failure include bad quality and high competition. Whatever the cause, here are the biggest Android flops ever.
1. Galaxy Note 7
When the Note 7 was launched, it looked like the slam-dunk Sammy needed to stand out in the competition. The Wall Street Journal said that it was ‘great phone. The Verge called it ‘best phone ever while Forbes praised it as the prettiest smartphone ever.
However, all this came to an end when Samsung announced a global recall of the units sold. The batteries in some phones were indeed exploding. The recall was a disaster as Samsung stopped selling and producing the device altogether.
2. HTC First
The Facebook smartphone was highly talked about before it was debuted. However, when the device was launched, it was less groundbreaking than expected. Its software was totally filled with Facebook weirdness. Moreover, its system UI was based on Facebook activity and feed.
Another mistake made on this device is that it was exclusive to the AT&T, it was sluggish, the screen was awful, and the camera was horrible. The smartphone was only based on sharing and messaging. Shortly after the debut, the HTC First dropped down to $0.01 on-contract and it was later dropped by the carrier. Since then, Facebook has never made a phone.
3. LG G5
LG has been known to have a few issues, but the 2016 model, the LG G5 was such a big risk. Its design hand drastically changed. Its chin was popped off so that you can slap on a camera grip. Moreover, the HiFi module was not released in the US. LG did not even improve the signature feature.
The modules were also expensive. For instance, the HiFi cost was $200. The smartphone itself wasn’t cheap either as LG priced it above $700. The price was higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7. Consequently, the market was bad. The company lost $400 million in the 3rd quarter of 2016.
4. Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon Fire Phone was running on Android under Amazon layers. This was among the main issues which doomed the device to failure. The device had been anticipated for a lot of years but when it was launched, it was too expensive, had lots of gimmicky features and it was locked to only AT&T. The handsets lacked all Google applications. Instead, it only had Amazon app store and media content.
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