2016 is coming to an end. As it happens at the end of every year, "best and worst" lists start popping up over the internet. We had some fiascos related to the Android universe, such as the early end of Note 7. I've separated five situations that I consider to be the most disappointing of the year.
1. The Galaxy Note 7 Tragedy
It's hard not to start this list with the biggest "mistake" we've had in the Android world this year. I believe this is the biggest scandal that Samsung Mobile has ever been involved with. The explosion problem was supposedly caused by the lack of sealing of the batteries of these devices. A pity, because Note 7 was a promising bet by the South Korean company.
2. The exclusivity of Google Pixel
Waiting for a new Google product is always exciting, especially for those who live in North America or Europe. Big G did not disappoint, because Google Pixel and Pixel XL are two great smartphones, which offer the best experience with Android.
The problem here is the limitation imposed on these models, since in many countries, such as Brazil and France (my country), for example, they follow without any foresight to be marketed. Importing is never a viable or safe alternative for most people. If we look at the "buddy price" of the new Pixel, by the way, it would be more viable to opt for a local brand. Terrible.
3. Missed innovation at Sony
We take it from Sony, but because we like the Japanese company. However, the latest releases of the brand left to be desired by the lack of originality. Newer models, such as the Xperia XZ, sound like a "repeat" of their previous Xperia. No more, no less. Fortunately, the new products are beautiful, but …
Sony here goes our order: drop the Omnibalance design and bet on something different for 2017. We are sure that the company will get its well-deserved spot in the sun.
4. LG's modular smartphone
The LG G4 was a great device, so expectations around its successor were high. The idea of the modular concept seemed fine, but, let's face it, it wasn't very well executed on the LG G5. In addition to the high price charged by the modules, the different versions of the hardware in some countries and the impractical handling did not help to fix the device.
It is possible that LG will give up on this concept next year. But in a way, the modular concept is not a bad idea, just look at the Moto Z.
5. Smartwatches in general
The years go by and smartwatches continue to struggle to reach a larger audience. Despite some progress (design, battery life, charging, display), there is still a long way to go to conquer thousands of Android users.
Lack of original resources is probably responsible for this disenchantment. Of course, manufacturers are not desperate, because the future of wearables is very promising. They are part of Inter of Things, and will still play an important role in the age of hyperconnectivity.
And in your opinion, what was the biggest gaffe of the year in the Android world?
(tagsToTranslate) Worst Android (t) errors of the year (t) Galaxy Note 7 (t) Pixel (t) Pixel XL (t) Sony (t) LG (t) LG G5