You told us: Google and Apple no longer innovate on smartphones

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Google and Apple are two pillars within the smartphone world. With out both firm, it’s unlikely the smartphone panorama would resemble what it’s as we speak. Apple gave the world the primary well-liked contact display screen smartphone. Google is answerable for the OS that’s used on billions of units. Each have introduced improvements to the desk in previous years, however is both agency nonetheless as influential as earlier than?

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In a current ballot, we requested our readers their views on Google and Apple’s innovation within the smartphone area. Does both firm nonetheless provide innovation on smartphones? Right here’s what you told us.

Do you suppose Google and Apple nonetheless provide innovation on smartphones?


We ran this ballot throughout our web site, on Twitter, and over on YouTube. Every platform offered comparable outcomes, however readers on the web site had been extra essential of the 2 firms. Almost 47% of readers imagine neither Google nor Apple provides innovation on smartphones. Just below 21% of readers imagine in any other case. In the event that they had been to select one firm nonetheless bringing progressive options to the desk, it will be Google. One in 4 readers (25.1%) believes the Android maker nonetheless contributes to the business, whereas solely 7.4% of readers aspect with Apple.

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The votes had been nearer on Twitter. Whereas 38.9% of readers imagine neither agency innovates on smartphones, simply over 30% believes the alternative. Once more, although, Apple is seen to be the least progressive of the 2 firms.

Lastly, YouTube outcomes echoed what we’ve seen above. Round 42% of the respondents imagine innovation is lifeless for each corporations, with 29% feeling the alternative is true.

But when Google and Apple aren’t main smartphone innovation within the business, which firms are? Readers define just a few of their very own theories beneath.

Right here’s what you told us

  • Tony Talks: The one actual innovation as of late is from Chinese language producers. Google and Apple haven’t been innovating in a very long time.
  • Avieshek: Innovation’s recently been solely arriving from smaller firms together with Chinese language OEMs and their small experiments with their software program together with as-small-as ‘scrolling-screenshots’ as something unique – the place Google huge spreads them like OCR and Apple polishes them as with iOS15 to macOS; in any other case, simply take a look at the frustration of an iPad as a glorified walled-garden for an infinite self-sustaining subscription supply of incomes although the {hardware} is there… in each means.
  • DigitalBenny: It’s a disgrace that Huawei was focused for politics. They had been no doubt pushing innovation.
  • Varusal: It relies upon. Google actually pushes by with some “innovation” within the software program division. Apple does not likely do something progressive anymore, at the least not one thing that may be referred to as “progressive.” Total I believe essentially the most improvements we get are from different firms like Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo and so on. Within the current years they confirmed quite a lot of new and fascinating stuff, like foldable telephones, Xiaomi’s alpha telephone, rollable shows and so on. Apple is sweet for having a “customary” just like the privateness modifications which compelled Google to step up too.
  • EasyCare: No person has made any innovation (that’s truly helpful) not too long ago. Smartphone normally has matured in some ways, and I imagine innovation has declined by way of demand. What individuals care essentially the most are the fundamentals; long-term assist and most significantly, worth. I see the place Pixel 5 is aiming but it surely’s not but there.
  • Takagi: Not for me. I believe we’re already at some extent the place these so-called “new options” are simply current options named fancily, or enhanced (from one digital camera to multi-camera set-up, for instance). I’ve been utilizing my Galaxy Word 9 since 2019 and I nonetheless haven’t discovered any telephone that’s a worthy alternative regardless of these “new options.” I’d in all probability stick with it till it dies. Even the flowery options on Apple telephones aren’t sufficient for me to make the swap.

That’s it for this ballot. Thanks for voting and commenting. We think about readers could have lots to say concerning the matter and the outcomes of the ballot. When you have any further ideas about both, drop a remark down beneath.

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