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About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

Why do you only criticize the OnePlus 6 design, when all manufacturers are doing the same? Quiet, that today there…

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

Why do you only criticize the OnePlus 6 design, when all manufacturers are doing the same? Quiet, that today there is for all . Although 2017 was, in my personal opinion, one of the best years for Android, this 2018 I am losing the illusion. About 10 years in the Android world, and I’ve never seen such depersonalization, lack of ideas and conformity at such a widespread level.

Changes are necessary, there’s nothing wrong with seeing competitors as a source of inspiration , but we are reaching the limit. That limit in which the firms that have tried to ridicule Apple on several occasions have been forced to borrowing the best of the iPhone, and in which the future depends, directly, on what the Cupertino kids do.

Today, I tell you why the current situation of Android is a disaster , and how the future happens because manufacturers start looking where they have never looked, you will understand if you keep reading .

Never Settle, or how to create a product that contradicts your company philosophy

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

I repeat, the matter goes way beyond the OnePlus 6 , but this is the best example to explain part of what I want to tell you. Historically, OnePlus has compared its devices with the iPhone, claiming that they are faster despite being cheaper. Last year, there was a lot of controversy over the resemblance between OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and breaking a spear in favor of OnePlus, I must say that the Chinese terminal was much better built than Apple’s .

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

Despite what you can see in the photos, The OnePlus 5 is thinner, lighter and more comfortable than the iPhone X . Apart from this, the keypad-details in which almost nobody is fixed but that are reflected in the user experience, fell naturally in the fingers, while in the iPhone 7 Plus, it was practically innaccesible. A similar understandable, respectable, and to which nothing can object.

However, this year things have changed. OnePlus has fallen in the notch , arguing that Apple is who sets the trend . With this, they admit that what they do in Cupertino is more important than what consumers ask for Android . At what point have we asked Android users what the iPhone has? Maybe this is the problem.

The notch is not necessary

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

Leaving aside the theme of OnePlus, signature that came with personality and strength to Android, and that is now one more , for the good and the bad, I want to continue commenting on this situation. There are many, even comrades, who tell me that there is no alternative to notch , and that at least in Android we are implementing it better – for the simple fact that it is smaller. The notch is not necessary , and signatures like Xiaomi show it with their Mi Mix, others more unknown in our country as LIVE, achieve percentages of more than 90% of screen without the notch , and even Google itself could have created a device with hardly any frames, if it had renounced the double front speakers of the Pixel 2 XL.

Do not be fooled, wanting to do things right, the notch is not necessary . Samsung itself has achieved record sales results with its Galaxy S9, terminals with an incredible use of the front, without notches in between. Is it so crazy to think that we want phones that do not look like the iPhone, but are well designed?

No differences in design, only the software remains, and here we go wrong

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

Now that all – or almost all – Android smartphones have the same design, and seeing that the differences in hardware are minimal we only have to differentiate them by software . This is precisely the weak point of Android. We have long confused liberty with debauchery, and no matter how many tools Google provides, the layers of personalization, in my opinion, continue to be a great burden that we can not get rid of .

Despite the little added value that a customization layer can provide, delays in updates and performance losses are not, in our opinion, anything that compensates at all.

Project Treble comes as that promise that updates will arrive on time, but there are many manufacturers who have played with Nougat to avoid implementing it , and those who, no matter how many tools they are given, will continue to update at their own pace .

It may be very demanding – or simply, consistent with what I buy – but that a mobile of more than 1,000 euros is in Android 8.0, it is unfortunate . But what an exaggeration, as if Android 8.1 was a great change! Yes, it is. In fact, manufacturers that take software seriously as Essential, updated directly to Android 8.1 , since Android 8.0 is the first version of Oreo, and has certain problems. You just have to see in the forums how the update to 8.0 has been set to certain terminals , to understand what I’m talking about.

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

There are many manufacturers that update as small children, forced to offer “that number more” in settings, Android version , but who care little about how this update affects users. On the other hand, Firms such as Nokia bet on Android One to provide fast and quality updates , two sides of the coin.

More than 90% of Android devices are outdated today , data that is repeated year after year, and that is simply inevitable that we continue to see, while Android remains what it is.

Google is the one that marks the way, and in whom nobody is fixed

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

It does not matter that Google get with just one camera the best portrait mode of the market . In the advertisement it is much better to say that you have 8 cameras with aperture f / 1.0, so we created in San Marketing , as the user matters little . Google is using Pixel as tabula rasa to try all its novelties, and its owners can not be happier with it

Not one of the terminals launched in 2018 has achieved the HDR and portrait mode of the Google Pixel 2 XL. We are many who think that it is still the most balanced camera on the market, although the Huawei P20 Pro exceeds it in the night section

For the first time in a long time, Android is the best mobile operating system , but as long as we look at the Pixel ROM. I still see inconsistencies, bloatware and simply useless functions that do not contribute anything to the system in other terminals, that panic that Android Stock is “boring”, and that defense of overloaded ROMs in post of functional -It is less ironic that these functional additions are those that hamper the performance of the device.

Nobody looks at Google, no manufacturer tries to take the best of the Pixel to improve it and take it to their land. We look at Apple, firm that after 10 years behind in terms of functionalities , with reducing the bevels and introducing a Face ID has left Android in evidence. Because of us , to give importance to two factors that, although they are important, should not mark the trajectory of an entire sector, and much more with an addition that the users have manifestly rejected -the notch-.

The future of Android depends on Apple, and this is not good

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

About the design of the OnePlus 6 and how I lost the illusion for Android in 2018

And now that? In this world of copies of the iPhone X, what is the next step? Wait for Apple to move tab, and remove the notch from your devices . Then, it will be when the Android manufacturers finally eliminate the famous notch.

That the design of Android terminals depends on what Apple does is not good. I repeat, there has always been influence, and there have always been more blatant copies than others, but what is happening in 2018 is somewhat exaggerated , and that is that for the first time we have terminals of totally different manufacturers, of reputable brands, which are practically impossible to distinguish one from the other.

With this, I open the debate on the current situation of the Android market, on how Apple has managed to leave us in evidence, and on a perspective of an uncertain future. **What do you think?

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