Google and Apple no longer innovate on smartphones

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Google and Apple are two pillars within the smartphone world. Without both firm, it’s unlikely the smartphone panorama would resemble what it’s in the present day. Apple gave the world the primary well-liked contact display screen smartphone. Google is answerable for the OS that’s used on billions of gadgets. Both 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 recent poll, we requested our readers their views on Google and Apple’s innovation within the smartphone house. Does both firm nonetheless provide innovation on smartphones? Here’s what you advised 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. Each platform supplied comparable outcomes, however readers on the web site had been extra crucial of the 2 firms. Nearly 47% of readers consider neither Google nor Apple presents innovation on smartphones. Just beneath 21% of readers consider in any other case. If they had been to choose one firm nonetheless bringing modern options to the desk, it might be Google. One in 4 readers (25.1%) believes the Android maker nonetheless contributes to the trade, whereas solely 7.4% of readers aspect with Apple.

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The votes had been nearer on Twitter. While 38.9% of readers consider neither agency innovates on smartphones, simply over 30% believes the other. Again, although, Apple is seen to be the least modern of the 2 firms.

Finally, YouTube outcomes echoed what we’ve seen above. Around 42% of the respondents consider innovation is lifeless for each corporations, with 29% feeling the other is true.

But if Google nor Apple is main smartphone innovation, which firms are? Readers define just a few of their very own theories beneath.

Here’s what you advised us

  • Tony Talks: The solely actual innovation lately is from Chinese producers. Google and Apple haven’t been innovating in a very long time.
  • Avieshek: Innovation’s currently been solely arriving from smaller firms together with Chinese OEMs and their small experiments with their software program together with as-small-as ‘scrolling-screenshots’ as something authentic – the place Google huge spreads them like OCR and Apple polishes them as with iOS15 to macOS; in any other case, simply have 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 method.
  • DigitalBenny: It’s a disgrace that Huawei was focused for politics. They had been definitely pushing innovation.
  • Varusal: It relies upon. Google actually pushes via with some “innovation” within the software program division. Apple does probably not do something modern anymore, no less than not one thing that might be known as “innovative.” Overall I believe probably the most improvements we get are from different firms like Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo and many others. In the current years they confirmed a number of new and attention-grabbing stuff, like foldable telephones, Xiaomi’s alpha cellphone, rollable shows and many others. Apple is sweet for having a “standard” just like the privateness adjustments which pressured Google to step up too.
  • EasyCare: Nobody has made any innovation (that’s really helpful) not too long ago. Smartphone usually has matured in some ways, and I consider innovation has declined when it comes to demand. What folks care probably the most are the fundamentals; long-term help 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 a degree the place these so-called “new features” 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 Note 9 since 2019 and I nonetheless haven’t discovered any cellphone that’s a worthy substitute regardless of these “new features.” I would in all probability keep on with it till it dies. Even the flamboyant 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 may have loads to say in regards to the subject and the outcomes of the ballot. If you could have any further ideas about both, drop a remark down beneath.

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