Screens have a new format
In October 2016, Xiaomi presented the Mi Mix, a smartphone with a huge screen. This device inspired many manufacturers to opt for the same screen system in 2017: a huge display for a medium sized device, making it as bezel-less as possible. LG hence presented its G6 (and later its Q6 and V30) at the MWC. Samsung also began by introducing its Galaxy S8 and S8+, followed more recently by the Note 8. Unlike LG smartphones, Samsung smartphones have an 18.5:9 format, not 18:9.
Of course, other manufacturers followed the trend. Huawei offered its Mate 10 Pro, OnePlus its OnePlus 5T, and Apple its iPhone X. It’s interesting to note that this feature, which is associated with high-end smartphones, is slowly settling in on the lower range smartphones. Wiko has demonstrated this with its Wiko View, and it’s very likely that Samsung’s future A range will also adopt an 18.5:9 screen.
The Galaxy Note 8 and the S8 Plus both have an 18.5:9 screen. / © AndroidPIT
Android versions are becoming increasingly fragmented
This is not a new problem. Google releases a new version each year, but unless you buy a new device or have an update (which most of the time only happens on high-end smartphones), you’re unlikely to have the latest version of the operating system. At the moment this article is written, only 0.5% of users use Android Oreo, and the two versions of Nougat (7.0 and 7.1), combined don’t even make up a quarter of users.
Opinion by Benoit Pepicq
The user experience can differ greatly from one Android version to the other.
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