Google's Pixel 3a XL can't compete from a performance standpoint with anything Apple has released from the last two years. It is more similar in silicon, and price, to the three year old iPhone 7 Plus, so which one should you pick up?
When Google decided to stop rebranding its partners' Androids as Nexus models and launched its own Pixel phones three years ago, it targeted the camera as its best hope for standing out in a crowded, competitive smartphone market. That strategy failed in 2016, 2017, and in 2018. This year, Pixel 3 sales actually fell. Now, Google is back with a Nexus-priced phone in a market being devastated by even cheaper commodity.
Across decades, Apple has developed its reputation for selling luxurious electronics with both a premium price and elevated expectations. But Apple's attention to detail means it's not often a trailblazer. Could the profits that are currently driving Apple at some point shift to instead support vendors like Samsung and Huawei who offer cheaper access to new tech faster, in a sloppier but "good enough" beta technology form?
A decade ago, Google's Android platform targeted the stars: first swaggering into Apple's iPhone market, then aggressively following iPad into tablets, and more recently jumping into wearables well before Apple Watch was even announced. What has stopped Android from succeeding anywhere apart from replacing Symbian, Windows Mobile, or Java on lower-end phones?
After dumping support for its last remaining Android Pixel C tablet last spring, Google is starting off 2019 with another major retreat in its hardware lineup — including the cancellation of various concepts in development.
The World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have certified WebAuthn as an official Web standard, allowing users of compatible browsers — Safari among them — to turn to hardware logins instead of passwords.
Over the past two decades, Apple has proven capable of taking its existing technologies and creating new computing forms that retain its influence over the most commercially successful and strategically important markets. That winning strategy of the past also appears to be the best suited for the future of iPhone.
As Apple begins a new year of operations, a media narrative is unfolding that Apple must ditch its reliance on premium hardware— and particularly iPhone— to desperately scramble its way into Services for the scraps left behind Netflix in a world of commodity devices. But the reality is actually a lot less dramatic for Apple, which has already proven an unusual ability to deftly adapt to changes in the industry. Compare its position today with that of Microsoft twenty years ago.
NikeOwners of the Nike Adapt BB, self-lacing sneakers that can be tied and loosened via a smartphone app, are reporting their high-tech footwear has been bricked by the Android version of the app, an issue caused through a faulty delivery of new firmware.
According to leaked code, Google appears set to implement native support for advanced facial recognition sensors in the upcoming Android Q update that, like Face ID, can be used to unlock a device and make purchases.
Stop us if you've heard this one. Apple makes some change to its iPhones, Samsung's PR company mocks the very idea — and finally Samsung copies it. Sometimes the company keeps a low profile, sometimes it shouts about Apple's missteps, but always, always Samsung then goes the same way.
Apple's hardware designs, software, icons, marketing, retail strategy, and branding have all been closely copied by its rivals. One thing they aren't copying is Apple's vast, premium installed base of loyal buyers. That's the primary foundation of Apple's wildly successful, global business that's uniquely selling massive volumes of luxury-class, premium-priced products in markets where competitors fight over sales of low-priced commodity units with thin margins. Why can't anyone else achieve what Apple has?
Across the last 20 years, Apple has shifted from selling Macs in a world dominated by Windows PCs to being a dominant global brand that services a vast installed base that's more valuable, influential, and lucrative than Windows was at its peak. Apple wants its investors to understand that, and is now challenging the media narrative that suggests it running an unsustainable race against various manufacturers churning out ever-increasing volumes of hardware units.