OnePlus is something of a Cinderella story in the smartphone world. It seemed to appear out of nowhere, releasing a phone with numbers that matched the best the likes of Samsung and HTC had to offer – and did it at half the price. The OnePlus One went viral in a way few products do, and the rest is history (well, as much as four years can be “history”). OnePlus just keeps improving on that formula, most recently with the excellent OnePlus 6T, which I’ve had a chance to use for the last few weeks. Read MoreThe Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth – but why? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/12/05 3:29pm PST
We’re approaching the end of Allo history, as a recent report indicates that Google is planning to announce its death. As we wait for that last word to fall,
Back in April, it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubled its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS. At the time, the company reassured consumers that it was still committed to supporting Allo, but the recent news of it’s expected shutdown, paired with a total absence of updates for the last ten months, casts those earlier statements into severe doubt. Read MoreAllo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google’s ill-fated messenger [Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Ten years ago this week, the first Android phone was announced – the T-Mobile G1. No one could have predicted the massive success that Android would eventually become; the OS now has over two billion active users worldwide.
In honor of Android’s 10th birthday, we’re taking a look at the most important and influential Google-powered phones of the past decade. Every one of these devices redefined Android in some way, by pushing the OS further into the mainstream, introducing design trends, or signaling the start/end of an era. Read More10 years of Android: Ten of the most important handsets from the last decade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google’s first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it’s all true, but time has not been kind to the phone, and using it has made for a pretty rough week, even by my recent standards.
Like the last three phones on this trip, I also assumed I’d have a fresh set of anecdotes from the experience to share, so that I could tell you all the ways its peculiarities, shortcomings, or strengths impacted my life in a way that was entertaining and informative. Read MoreUsing the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008’s smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.