The consolidating smartphone pie
But I do have to toot my own hat (or something) and say I have a pretty good track record. Remeber, these are just predictions and not any official word on anything from any company unless otherwise noted.I always start with Google because it’s easy and I’ll get it right every time. I say it’s easy because Google has already told us which phones get updated and which won’t. Prior to the Pixel, Google promised two years of full support and three years of security updates for phones they sell under their own brand. More: It’s time to say goodbye to the Nexus program for good For the first time ever other companies have joined Google in supporting the Android Beta Program.) and they ranged from the surprisingly great 0 Moto E4 to the Moto X4, the first of hopefully many non-Google phones you can use on Project Fi, and all the Z and Force you can handle in between..And they did it without compromising the G series which has been a company staple for years from the smartphone division.Samsung will give them the same treatment the Galaxy S and Note lines receive. That would be the seemingly random phones that Samsung decides to update. LG also mentioned some streamlining in the release cycle, which hopefully gives the development teams time to get an update out the door and have it be a good update.
Maybe the update horrorshow that happened when the company first absorbed Moto branding made them decide the limelight is a better place to be.Add in whatever time your carrier needs and the final result is just about a year from its initial release. there are a handful of other Galaxy phones that have a huge regional fanbase. LG has always been a wildcard when I write this post every year.In India, for example, the Galaxy J models are huge hits because they offer most of the same experience you find in a Galaxy S at a lower price. Like Samsung, there are a few “important” models that get all the press coverage and plenty of other more inexpensive models that most of us aren’t talking about.When to expect it is just as predictable, and it will happen about a year from the date this was first published (March 2018).
Some models in Europe will see it first, about a month later it will show up somewhere else, and once Samsung is satisfied it’s not going to totally wreck about a gazillion phones they will give it the green light.As a luxury segment operator Apple’s market size is a much smaller pie in the smartphone world, and when they pushed close to a billion phones in a seven period, that’s a huge amount of penetration.