Remember Antennagate? Remember Bendgate? Simply put, hardware is hard. Apple is a hardware company. Google is an advertising company which dabbles in software and hardware. What is Google’s record in hardware?
Not. So. Good.
Why Google even bothers with hardware is beyond logical comprehension. It is unlikely Google has ever made sufficient profits in hardware to overcome the cost of its investments. Apple sells about the same number of iPhones in a week that Google does in a year. The company is so desperate to move hardware that the latest Pixel smartphone retails for $399.
Remember the original Pixel smartphone? Yes, the one that came with built-in microphone defects. That cost Google $500 for each one.
Some users are already reporting a pretty serious issue — the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been shutting down randomly, and there doesn’t appear to be a fix in sight.
Owners of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are reporting that the devices randomly shut down and then require a hard reset before they will come back to life.
The new handsets suffer from an issue that causes random shutdowns throughout the day. Users have to perform a hard reset to bring their phones back to a working state, but in some cases, the problem persists.
Yep. Hardware is hard.
The company’s original Pixel phones were plagued by microphone problems that eventually led to a lawsuit from device owners.
The hardware hiccups didn’t end there.
Last year, shortly after the launch of the Pixel 3, users reported that the phone wasn’t saving their photos.
And Smith again:
If you’ve been experiencing the same error, the only thing you can do about it is reboot the phone once it switches off. You can always ask for a replacement unit and hope for the best, but it’s unclear if Google is swapping out affected units at this time.
Hardware is hard.
Ask Samsung about its well known battery issues. Or, ask Samsung about features that just don’t work well. Iris scanner and face recognition, I’m looking at you!
We can find something to grumble about with every hardware vendor, but as someone who is platform agnostic, I prefer dealing with Apple products because they work better is most instances than any competitor.
Why Google remains in the hardware business remains difficult for me to understand. The company is not likely to ever regain the investment money lost on hardware, and the saving grace for pushing Android onto the world is advertising dollars generated by the company’s free software.
Google should stay in its lane.