Sorry for the wait, folks, but here are our answers to your questions on Volume 57 of the Questions and answers about Droid Life.
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memory: K is trowels, T is Tim.
What do you think will be the next big technology for mobile phones?
K: I know you want me to be a visionary and tell you about a great idea that I have, but I really just want there to be a battery breakthrough. I’m tired of searching for battery percentages every hour in 2020. Could we get an actual Android AirDrop? Not all of these fake Samsung and semi-file sharing things that come up. I just want to be able to tap “Share” on my phone and instantly share it with others.
T: The phone hardware is still developing well. For example, we are now getting large displays with small bezels, embedded fingerprint readers and cut out cameras. Cell phones look sexy like never before. If I guessed what the next big thing would be, I would hope that it is either in the battery department or possibly in the type of material used for the hardware itself, such as: B. shatterproof glass or maybe even structured options. We also heard about the graphene battery technology that Samsung is working on. To be honest, I think there is a lot to be expected in terms of new mobile technologies.
Overall, what do you think of the high prices for flagships?
K: It’s really shit. Even before this global pandemic, which made money even scarcer, in my opinion, manufacturers prevailed that people would pay more than $ 1,000 for a new phone every two years. We spend $ 1,500 on televisions and computers, and these keep us going for years. Phones shouldn’t and that was a huge misconception by industry players.
T: Many consumers, especially us in the United States, want everything. We want IP protection, wireless charging, a great camera, huge displays, a big battery, and everything else. Doing all of this costs money. If anything, we have to blame ourselves. If you don’t want to spend more than $ 1,000 on a phone, there are many great options. There are a number of pixels, OnePlus phones and many others. There’s even an iPhone for $ 399! What continues to make Android great is the choice we have in hardware. If you can afford a great phone, great! If you can’t, don’t worry because you still have good phones to choose from.
What was your quarantine drink?
K: It’s still a mix of beer and wine, although consumption has increased, hah. An added bonus was the local breweries that previously couldn’t drink beer (they wanted you to come in and drink) and are now being forced to do so. So we get better canned beer in the store than ever and it’s amazing. Delivering beer from my favorite breweries was also a wonderful addition to life.
T: I drank a lot of Oregonic Tonic Kombucha. Love love love
What are you talking about after the Trailblazers games are discontinued?
K: Man, it was difficult to find good content. I watched The Last Dance, of course, and saw both seasons of “Kingdom” on Netflix (it was pretty damn great), and that’s mainly for shows that I enjoyed. I played Warzone when I got a chance … and drank for entertainment.
T: I’ve seen Eastbound & Down, Hell’s Kitchen, everything on Netflix and HBO, and old baseball replay. It wasn’t bad, but I miss sport.
Which dead phone manufacturer that surprised you the most no longer exists?
K: Essential. I thought they had something really interesting in front of them and they clearly had ready products. I thought you could actually take steps in a way OnePlus did early on, but if your founder is a massive selfish asshole, the death of a company is likely to have to happen. But yes, a good example of journalism being as important as ever, isn’t it?
T: Well, there aren’t too many of the old OEMs that are really dead. Most are still kicking (with the exception of Essential they’re definitely dead), but I suppose the obvious answer is HTC. HTC has been the king of Android for a while, so it’s disappointing that they’re gone and focus on VR. I’ve seen that they may be working on a new budget Desire device, so I think that’s cool.
Do you think the Moto X line will return?
K: Probably not when Lenovo runs the show. Lenovo has proven to be an incompetent smartphone company that sadly lets Motorola die the slowest and slowest death. I don’t think Lenovo understands what the Moto X line meant and how it could be a great phone to bring it back. You’d screw it up too.
T: Since Motorola apparently released phones years ago (Razr), I could see it happen! It wouldn’t be difficult to do, but if you know these companies, you’re likely to screw it up somehow. It needs to have customization options, a fairly clean version of Android, and software updates! It could be a huge success among Android fanboys, but you know Lenovo probably doesn’t want to play a role in it.
Can Google do anything to make the Pixel series as mainstream as the Samsung Galaxy series?
K: Honestly, I don’t know or don’t think so. The smartphone industry is so established that anyone who breaks through at this level would require a massive change (like a big Samsung controversy that brought them to a standstill for years or forced them out of their phones) to make an impression on Google . They continue to make solid phones, some of which were pretty good (e.g. Pixel 2 XL), but nothing mattered. People buy Apple or Samsung phones and that’s it.
T: It took Samsung years to make the Galaxy series what it is. The Pixel series is still relatively new to the minds of everyday consumers, but I know that Google’s marketing does a good job. People know that pixel is a great camera experience, which is good. I’m not entirely sure what Google needs to do to bring pixels into the Galaxy realm, but what they need is consistency and to continue to develop good phones that people enjoy.
What do you think about Chromebooks?
K: They are mostly fine. I have a couple in the house – my child uses one for school supplies and my wife uses one to run their business. But sometimes they’re still frustrating experiences. Simple things like handling ZIP files and extracting them are an uncomfortable pain for reasons I can’t figure out. Good luck trying to get a printer to work with you. I actually really liked her, but lately it has been one frustrating problem for me. I’m about to get a MacBook for my wife to make my life easier.
T: If you haven’t watched the episode of The Droid Life Show yet, let me explain my feelings. For the price of the cheaper ones, like the $ 299 version, they seem to be decent little machines to just surf the web and play some Android games. However, once we start getting over $ 500 and even over $ 1,000, they are so ridiculously stupid. An expensive Chromebook can in no way match what my MacBook or Windows laptop can do in terms of applications. At this point, it’s just a waste of money. In summary, they may be cheap, but the moment they cost more than $ 400, they become overpriced and limited compared to other options.