The biggest smartphone market failures in 2021

We all entered 2021 with hope, you can’t argue with that. Almost everything had to be better than in 2020, right? However, it didn't get any easier. The pandemic continues its victorious march, despite the variety of vaccines, but this is not about it now. In technology, a number of companies have failed epically with hardware, software, and other parts of their business. So, let's look at the main losers of 2021.

LG mobile business. Life is no longer beautiful

The more companies sell smartphones, the more pleasant it is for us, users. And therefore it is very disappointing when one of the companies says: "We are tired, we are leaving." But that's exactly what LG, a true veteran of the industry, did.

Referring to the years of financial losses of the mobile division ($4.5 billion!), on April 5, 2021, LG announced that it would permanently exit the smartphone business by July 31. The decision has been suggested for a very long time, but LG took a long time to harness it. The company clarified that it will focus on the remaining business lines, including home appliances, televisions, smart home equipment and other industries.

LG's mobile ambitions go back to the 1990s. The company gained attention with popular phone models such as the ENv and Chocolate, and then took its share of the smartphone market with devices such as the G-series and Nexus 4 models.

If there's anything to remember a company for, it's risk. LG has always been keen to go its own way despite stiff competition from compatriot Samsung. One need only look at the modular LG G5, V20 dual-screen display or the LG Wing swivel display to see the company's ambition.

Despite her best efforts, we are sadly saying goodbye to LG and this is one of the biggest failures of 2021.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Microsoft Duo Double Fail

Microsoft's first dual-screen foldable phone, the Duo, was a real flop. The hardware lacked basic features, and the software was even worse. In fact, by December 2021, the device still did not receive Android 11, despite the fact that the phone and software had already been on the market for more than a year!

The company attempted to correct its bugs in Microsoft Duo 2, but was still unable to do so. Microsoft has managed to successfully update the hardware, making noticeable improvements across the board. There are no serious claims here. But what defines the uniqueness of the device is the implementation of two screens. Two 5.3-inch panels combine to form a larger 8.3-inch screen for an expanded workspace. The problem is that this workspace is fragmented due to the large gap between the two halves of the phone. Few apps have received updates with real support for a larger display. Moreover, if you work with separate screens, you will become uncomfortable due to their smaller size. In other words, Duo 2 doesn't have a compelling use case yet.

The downsides are added by the hefty $1,499 price tag and the extra $129 you have to spend to get a compatible stylus from Microsoft. Duo 2, despite its improvements, simply cannot be considered a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Samsung collapses Note

The Galaxy Note series has become one of Samsung's most popular creations year after year. Hordes of stylus-obsessed owners have been looking forward to updating their sub-tablets with https://cars45.com.gh/1Cx41NI2whkd7UEMjQP3uQ8P every iteration. And in 2021, everything ends.

To be honest, Samsung prepared us. The company has been hinting for almost a year that it might drop the Galaxy Note series. A device normally announced in August or September didn't make it this year, and we know exactly why: Instead, Samsung has shifted its investment to its line of foldable devices.

Last summer, Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 with great fanfare. With the third generation, Fold and Flip smartphones have matured markedly. Even more important than the upgraded specs and performance on the 2021 models, however, is the Z Fold 3's support for the S Pen and standard Note lineup features. For example, Samsung ported Air Command from Note, note templates, and drawing tools. This makes the Z Fold 3, with its large internal screen, a natural replacement for the Note - despite the fact that it doesn't have room for an integrated S Pen.

It is not known how Samsung sees the future of the Fold and Note lines. Will Note appear again? Or was he completely nailed down, making Fold his rightful heir? In any case, the absence of the Note 21 in 2021 is one of our biggest disappointments.

Nokia has gone astray

HMD Global, a manufacturer of phones under the Nokia brand, recently upset its fans with bad news, and at the same time took a place in our hit parade of losers in the world of smartphones. The company said it could not update its early 2019 flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView, to Android 11 as promised. As a result, the device is stuck on Android 10, but what's worse, the buyer's trust in HMD Global is severely damaged.

What happened? HMD Global has been generally loyal to the Nokia brand since 2016. The company offered a range of budget, mid-range, and high-end Android devices that won wide acclaim around the world. In addition, HMD Global was able to solve the problem of timely software updates. However, things seem to have changed now, and not for the better.

Android 11 seems to have knocked out HMD Global. The company has been slow to roll out an update for its flagship Nokia 8.3 5G and has been even slower to roll out new software to its lower-end phones, which has pushed them deeper into user trust scores

For the Nokia 9 PureView in particular, HMD Global stated that "Camera and software incompatibilities could result in a poorer experience that does not meet our high standards." The company angered PureView owners by saying they could get a 50% discount on the new XR20 smartphone if they wanted. The XR20 is a great rugged machine, but it doesn't belong in the same premium category as the 9 PureView.

In general, HMD Global made a big mistake. Now she has to think about what to enter 2022 with to fix it.

The biggest smartphone market failures in 2021

We all entered 2021 with hope, you can’t argue with that. Almost everything had to be better than in 2020, right? However, it didn't get any easier. The pandemic continues its victorious march, despite the variety of vaccines, but this is not about it now. In the field of technology, a number of companies have managed to screw up epically with hardware, software and other components of their business. So, let's look at the main losers of 2021.

LG mobile business. Life is no longer beautiful

The more companies sell smartphones, the more pleasant it is for us, users. And therefore it is very disappointing when one of the companies says: "We are tired, we are leaving." But that's exactly what LG, a true veteran of the industry, did.

Referring to the years of financial losses of the mobile division ($4.5 billion!), on April 5, 2021, LG announced that it would permanently exit the smartphone business by July 31. The decision has been suggested for a very long time, but LG took a long time to harness it. The company clarified that it will focus on the remaining business lines, including home appliances, televisions, smart home equipment and other industries.

LG's mobile ambitions go back to the 1990s. The company gained attention with popular phone models such as the ENv and Chocolate, and then took its share of the smartphone market with devices such as the G-series and Nexus 4 models.

If there's anything to remember a company for, it's risk. LG has always been keen to go its own way despite stiff competition from compatriot Samsung. One need only look at the modular LG G5, the dual-screen V20 or the swiveling LG Wing display to see the company's ambition.

Despite her best efforts, we are sadly saying goodbye to LG and this is one of the biggest failures of 2021.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Microsoft Duo Double Fail

Microsoft's first dual-screen foldable phone, the Duo, was a real flop. The hardware lacked basic features, and the software was even worse. In fact, by December 2021, the device still did not receive Android 11, despite the fact that the phone and software had already been on the market for more than a year!

The company attempted to correct its bugs in Microsoft Duo 2, but was still unable to do so. Microsoft has managed to successfully update the hardware, making noticeable improvements across the board. There are no serious claims here. But what defines the uniqueness of the device is the implementation of two screens. Two 5.3-inch panels combine to form a larger 8.3-inch screen for an expanded workspace. The problem is that this workspace is fragmented due to the large gap between the two halves of the phone. Few apps have received updates with real support for a larger display. Moreover, if you work with separate screens, you will become uncomfortable due to their smaller size. In other words, Duo 2 doesn't have a compelling use case yet.

The downsides are added by the hefty $1,499 price tag and the extra $129 you have to spend to get a compatible stylus from Microsoft. Duo 2, despite its improvements, simply cannot be considered a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Samsung collapses Note

The Galaxy Note series has become one of Samsung's most popular creations year after year. Hordes of stylus-obsessed owners have been looking forward to updating their sub-tablets with https://cars45.com.gh/1Cx41NI2whkd7UEMjQP3uQ8P every iteration. And in 2021, everything ends.

To be honest, Samsung prepared us. The company has been hinting for almost a year that it might drop the Galaxy Note series. A device normally announced in August or September didn't make it this year, and we know exactly why: Instead, Samsung has shifted its investment to its line of foldable devices.

Last summer, Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 with great fanfare. With the third generation, Fold and Flip smartphones have matured markedly. Even more important than the upgraded specs and performance on the 2021 models, however, is the Z Fold 3's support for the S Pen and standard Note lineup features. For example, Samsung ported Air Command from Note, note templates, and drawing tools. This makes the Z Fold 3, with its large internal screen, a natural replacement for the Note - despite the fact that it doesn't have room for an integrated S Pen.

It is not known how Samsung sees the future of the Fold and Note lines. Will Note appear again? Or was he completely nailed down, making Fold his rightful heir? In any case, the absence of the Note 21 in 2021 is one of our biggest disappointments.

Nokia has gone astray

HMD Global, a manufacturer of phones under the Nokia brand, recently upset its fans with bad news, and at the same time took a place in our hit parade of losers in the world of smartphones. The company said it could not update its early 2019 flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView, to Android 11 as promised. As a result, the device is stuck on Android 10, but what's worse, the buyer's trust in HMD Global is severely damaged.

What happened? HMD Global has been generally loyal to the Nokia brand since 2016. The company offered a range of budget, mid-range, and high-end Android devices that won wide acclaim around the world. In addition, HMD Global was able to solve the problem of timely software updates. However, things seem to have changed now, and not for the better.

Android 11 seems to have knocked out HMD Global. The company has been slow to roll out an update for its flagship Nokia 8.3 5G and has been even slower to roll out new software to its lower-end phones, which has pushed them deeper into user trust scores

For the Nokia 9 PureView in particular, HMD Global stated that "Camera and software incompatibilities could result in a poorer experience that does not meet our high standards." The company angered PureView owners by saying they could get a 50% discount on the new XR20 smartphone if they wanted. The XR20 is a great rugged machine, but it doesn't belong in the same premium category as the 9 PureView.

In general, HMD Global made a big mistake. Now she has to think about what to enter 2022 with to fix it.

The biggest smartphone market failures in 2021

We all entered 2021 with hope, you can’t argue with that. Almost everything had to be better than in 2020, right? However, it didn't get any easier. The pandemic continues its victorious march, despite the variety of vaccines, but this is not about it now. In the field of technology, a number of companies have managed to screw up epically with hardware, software and other components of their business. So, let's look at the main losers of 2021.

LG mobile business. Life is no longer beautiful

The more companies sell smartphones, the more pleasant it is for us, users. And therefore it is very disappointing when one of the companies says: "We are tired, we are leaving." But that's exactly what LG, a true veteran of the industry, did.

Referring to the years of financial losses of the mobile division ($4.5 billion!), on April 5, 2021, LG announced that it would permanently exit the smartphone business by July 31. The decision has been suggested for a very long time, but LG took a long time to harness it. The company clarified that it will focus on the remaining business lines, including home appliances, televisions, smart home equipment and other industries.

LG's mobile ambitions go back to the 1990s. The company gained attention with popular phone models such as the ENv and Chocolate, and then took its share of the smartphone market with devices such as the G-series and Nexus 4 models.

If there's anything to remember a company for, it's risk. LG has always been keen to go its own way despite stiff competition from compatriot Samsung. One need only look at the modular LG G5, the dual-screen V20 or the swiveling LG Wing display to see the company's ambition.

Microsoft Duo Double Fail

Microsoft's first dual-screen foldable phone, the Duo, was a real flop. The hardware lacked basic features, and the software was even worse. In fact, by December 2021, the device still did not receive Android 11, despite the fact that the phone and software had already been on the market for more than a year!

The company attempted to correct its bugs in Microsoft Duo 2, but was still unable to do so. Microsoft has managed to successfully update the hardware, making noticeable improvements across the board. There are no serious claims here. But what defines the uniqueness of the device is the implementation of two screens. Two 5.3-inch panels combine to form a larger 8.3-inch screen for an expanded workspace. The problem is that this workspace is fragmented due to the large gap between the two halves of the phone. Few apps have received updates with real support for a larger display. Moreover, if you work with separate screens, you will become uncomfortable due to their smaller size. In other words, Duo 2 doesn't have a compelling use case yet.

The downsides are added by the hefty $1,499 price tag and the extra $129 you have to spend to get a compatible stylus from Microsoft. Duo 2, despite its improvements, simply cannot be considered a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Samsung collapses Note

The Galaxy Note series has become one of Samsung's most popular creations year after year. Hordes of stylus-obsessed owners have been looking forward to updating their sub-tablets with https://cars45.com.gh/1Cx41NI2whkd7UEMjQP3uQ8P every iteration. And in 2021, everything ends.

To be honest, Samsung prepared us. The company has been hinting for almost a year that it might drop the Galaxy Note series. A device normally announced in August or September didn't make it this year, and we know exactly why: Instead, Samsung has shifted its investment to its line of foldable devices.

Last summer, Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 with great fanfare. With the third generation, Fold and Flip smartphones have matured markedly. Even more important than the upgraded specs and performance on the 2021 models, however, is the Z Fold 3's support for the S Pen and standard Note lineup features. For example, Samsung ported Air Command from Note, note templates, and drawing tools. This makes the Z Fold 3, with its large internal screen, a natural replacement for the Note - despite the fact that it doesn't have room for an integrated S Pen.

It is not known how Samsung sees the future of the Fold and Note lines. Will Note appear again? Or was he completely nailed down, making Fold his rightful heir? In any case, the absence of the Note 21 in 2021 is one of our biggest disappointments.

Nokia has gone astray

HMD Global, a manufacturer of phones under the Nokia brand, recently upset its fans with bad news, and at the same time took a place in our hit parade of losers in the world of smartphones. The company said it could not update its early 2019 flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView, to Android 11 as promised. As a result, the device is stuck on Android 10, but what's worse, the buyer's trust in HMD Global is severely damaged.

What happened? HMD Global has been generally loyal to the Nokia brand since 2016. The company offered a range of budget, mid-range, and high-end Android devices that won wide acclaim around the world. In addition, HMD Global was able to solve the problem of timely software updates. However, things seem to have changed now, and not for the better.

Android 11 seems to have knocked out HMD Global. The company has been slow to roll out an update for its flagship Nokia 8.3 5G and has been even slower to roll out new software to its lower-end phones, which has pushed them deeper into user trust scores

For the Nokia 9 PureView in particular, HMD Global stated that "Camera and software incompatibilities could result in a poorer experience that does not meet our high standards." The company angered PureView owners by saying they could get a 50% discount on the new XR20 smartphone if they wanted. The XR20 is a great rugged machine, but it doesn't belong in the same premium category as the 9 PureView.

In general, HMD Global made a big mistake. Now she has to think about what to enter 2022 with to fix it.

The biggest smartphone market failures in 2021

We all entered 2021 with hope, you can’t argue with that. Almost everything had to be better than in 2020, right? However, it didn't get any easier. The pandemic continues its victorious march, despite the variety of vaccines, but this is not about it now. In technology, a number of companies have failed epically with hardware, software, and other parts of their business. So, let's look at the main losers of 2021.

LG mobile business. Life is no longer beautiful

The more companies sell smartphones, the more pleasant it is for us, users. And therefore it is very disappointing when one of the companies says: "We are tired, we are leaving." But that's exactly what LG, a true veteran of the industry, did.

Referring to the years of financial losses of the mobile division ($4.5 billion!), on April 5, 2021, LG announced that it would permanently exit the smartphone business by July 31. The decision has been suggested for a very long time, but LG took a long time to harness it. The company clarified that it will focus on the remaining business lines, including home appliances, televisions, smart home equipment and other industries.

LG's mobile ambitions go back to the 1990s. The company gained attention with popular phone models such as the ENv and Chocolate, and then took its share of the smartphone market with devices such as the G-series and Nexus 4 models.

If there's anything to remember a company for, it's risk. LG has always been keen to go its own way despite stiff competition from compatriot Samsung. One need only look at the modular LG G5, V20 dual-screen display or the LG Wing swivel display to see the company's ambition.

Despite her best efforts, we are sadly saying goodbye to LG and this is one of the biggest failures of 2021.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Microsoft Duo Double Fail

Microsoft's first dual-screen foldable phone, the Duo, was a real flop. The hardware lacked basic features, and the software was even worse. In fact, by December 2021, the device still did not receive Android 11, despite the fact that the phone and software had already been on the market for more than a year!

The company attempted to correct its bugs in Microsoft Duo 2, but was still unable to do so. Microsoft has managed to successfully update the hardware, making noticeable improvements across the board. There are no serious claims here. But what defines the uniqueness of the device is the implementation of two screens. Two 5.3" panels combine to form a larger 8.3" screen for an expanded workspace. The problem is that this workspace is fragmented due to the large gap between the two halves of the phone. Few apps have received updates with real support for a larger display. What's more, if you're working with individual screens, you'll be uncomfortable with their smaller size. In other words, Duo 2 doesn't have a compelling use case yet.

The downsides are added by the hefty $1,499 price tag and the extra $129 you have to spend to get a compatible stylus from Microsoft. Duo 2, despite its improvements, simply cannot be considered a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Samsung collapses Note

The Galaxy Note series has become one of Samsung's most popular creations year after year. Hordes of stylus-obsessed owners have been looking forward to updating their sub-tablets from https://cars45.com.gh/1Cx41NI2whkd7UEMjQP3uQ8P every iteration. And in 2021, everything ends.

The Galaxy Note series has become one of Samsung's most popular creations year after year. Hordes of stylus-obsessed owners have been looking forward to upgrading their sub-tablets with https://cars45.com.gh/1Cx41NI2whkd7UEMjQP3uQ8P https://cars45.com.gh/1Cx41NI2whkd7UEMjQP3uQ8P every iteration. And in 2021 it all ends.

To be honest, Samsung prepared us. The company has been hinting for almost a year that it might drop the Galaxy Note series. A device normally announced in August or September didn't make it this year, and we know exactly why: Instead, Samsung has shifted its investment to its line of foldable devices.

Last summer, Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 with great fanfare. With the third generation, Fold and Flip smartphones have matured markedly. Even more important than the upgraded specs and performance on the 2021 models, however, is the Z Fold 3's support for the S Pen and standard Note lineup features. For example, Samsung ported Air Command from Note, note templates, and drawing tools. This makes the Z Fold 3, with its large internal screen, a natural replacement for the Note - despite the fact that it doesn't have room for an integrated S Pen.

It is not known how Samsung sees the future of the Fold and Note lines. Will Note appear again? Or was he completely nailed down, making Fold his rightful heir? In any case, the absence of the Note 21 in 2021 is one of our biggest disappointments.

Nokia has gone astray

HMD Global, a manufacturer of phones under the Nokia brand, recently upset its fans with bad news, and at the same time took a place in our hit parade of losers in the world of smartphones. The company said it could not update its early 2019 flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView, to Android 11 as promised. As a result, the device is stuck on Android 10, but what's worse, the buyer's trust in HMD Global is severely damaged.

What happened? HMD Global has been generally loyal to the Nokia brand since 2016. The company offered a range of budget, mid-range, and high-end Android devices that won wide acclaim around the world. In addition, HMD Global was able to solve the problem of timely software updates. However, things seem to have changed now, and not for the better.

Android 11 seems to have knocked out HMD Global. The company has been slow to roll out an update for its flagship Nokia 8.3 5G and has been even slower to roll out new software to its lower-end phones, which has pushed them deeper into user trust scores

For the Nokia 9 PureView in particular, HMD Global stated that "Camera and software incompatibilities could result in a poorer experience that does not meet our high standards." The company angered PureView owners by saying they could get a 50% discount on the new XR20 smartphone if they wanted. The XR20 is a great rugged machine, but it doesn't belong in the same premium category as the 9 PureView.

In general, HMD Global made a big mistake. Now she has to think about what to enter 2022 with to fix it.