Earlier today, OlamideMB, a regular here at MobilityArena.com submitted a comment that caught my attention. I found it interesting and think that it is worth sharing as a blog post so everyone can chime in. Find it reproduced below. I have only edited for clarity.
But seriously, I am so tired of seeing everything being released these days being Android. It is getting so damn boring already.
All are within the 4.7″ and 5.5″ maximum size and all Android this, Android that. Same RAM, same 13 megapixel camera and all. This one is even low at 8MP.
Come tomorrow, another 10 different manufacturers will announce devices that will be released in October to flood the already saturated market again. These guys will keep laying off staff if they continue like this mehn.
Where are the distinguishing OSes or brands asides Apple and BlackBerry? Now, BlackBerry has decided to join the Android league again.
That is an interesting comment; isn’t it?
I must say here that part of the problem is that Windows Phone manufacturers are not getting as much mentions as Android manufacturers are. Just two days ago or so, Acer announced the Liquid M320 and M330, both to be powered by Windows 10 Mobile. There’s also the Acer Jade Primo which will utilise Microsoft’s Continuum which enables it to be used as a PC. I think that announced Windows Phone devices do not get the media attention that Android gets. Maybe MobilityArena.com can commit more to providing them that visibility.
So, we do have some diversity being provided by Windows Phone OS. Still, in my opinion, the smartphone market is right where it was some years ago when Symbian dominated it: a point of saturation and a lot of boredom because one platform so dominated the market.
What of form factor? Slabs everywhere. Boring. We certainly need to see variety in form factor too. I am looking forward to seeing BlackBerry Venice Slider soon. Cool form factor, but again, Android OS. Sorry.
Perhaps the smartphone world is ready for another upheaval from a fresh new OS to shake things up a bit. Will Windows 10 Mobile (arriving later this year) provide that upheaval or shall we look for another? Whatever platform it is, it doesn’t have to become the dominant platform. It only has to once again revolutionize how we use mobile like the iPhone did in 2007.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.