Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …


Apple has tried making a titanium iPhone, but failed; Essential made one, but it is "not for everybody"

The Essential Phone has just gone official, and it’s a lush concoction: it ditches the common aluminum in favor of a more premium, titanium frame, it swaps the glass back for ceramic, and it is packed with the most powerful hardware out there and a novel magnetic modular system. And it’s not yet ready. You can reserve the phone for $700, but there is no release date just yet.
But if you like it, you’d still better reserve it now because the Essential Phone is “not for everybody”, according to Jason Keats, head of product architecture at the …

HTC posts revenue decline for April as its U phones failed to catch on

HTC hasn’t shared its financial results for the first quarter, but it published its revenue for April and things aren’t looking up. The company sees a 9% decrease in revenue, with a 6% drop in total revenue year-over-year. This is an indicator that sales of HTC’s newest smartphones, the U Ultra and the U Play, came lower than expected.

Indeed, the devices failed to excite customers and reviewers, leaving both to expect a more memorable and intriguing product. The company has a big launch this month, unveiling the supposedly named HTC U 11 smartphone on May 16. As …