May 02, 2017 03:29 AM EDT
Mobile phones have come a long way from the days when the device was used only for voice calls and then text messages. In a span of few years, the smartphone has evolved into a camera, mini-computer, television set, and even a remote control for connected appliance. A lot of the technological advances came out initially on Android devices.
Android Authority lists several Android devices that contributed significantly in the evolution of the smartphone of today. Leading the list is Dell which was among the tech companies to first come up with large displays with the Dell Streak 5. Although the 5-inch screen of the Dell device was not a best-seller, it inspired other gadget makers to release large screens such as the original Galaxy Note of Samsung which is taking the credit for making phones with large screens popular.
Phones made in China are usually based on original designs by the bigger gadget manufacturers. However, one feature of Android devices that originated from China is the dual rear-facing camera phone pioneered by One M8 of HTC in March. It was followed by the Honor 6 Plus and other phone brands which have better performance than the original. The One M8’s extra sensor that provided additional depth data to the primary camera did not result in better and crisper photos.
One of the features of the upcoming iPhone 8 being touted as different from other smartphones is its wireless charging. However, even before Apple could release the 10th iPhone anniversary phone suffering from delays, there Android devices already had wireless charging. It is the HTC Droid DNA released in December 2012. It has a non-removable 2,020mAh battery and built-in Qi wireless inductive charging.
Given the fast-paced growth of developments among smartphone makers, especially those that run on Android OS, Geek lists five upcoming Android devices considered worth waiting for. These are LGX Power 2, BlackBerry KeyOne, Asus Zenfone AR, OnePlus 5, and Nokia 8 and Nokia 9.
Meanwhile, not every phone user is a fan of Android devices. For those who prefer to shift to iOS devices by choice or default, such as being gifted with a new iPhone, Gizmodo provides a guide on how to make a transition from Android to iOS.
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