The past week of 2021 has been quiet, but we’ve seen a slew of storms and own heads over the holiday season. Here are this week’s winners and losers
It’s the calm before the storm, with CES 2022 on the horizon next week. All indications are that it continues despite a wave of withdrawals. The latest ones are OnePlus and AMD, which both ceased operations this week.
Elsewhere, we’ve seen the launch of the Xiaomi 12 series and confirmation that Moto is planning yet another crack in foldable phones. Meanwhile, there are rumors that upcoming Apple Watches may ditch the proprietary Digital Crown that drives the interface.
However, the two companies were the best and the worst in this final week of turbulent 2021. Happy 2022 everyone!
Winner: Samsung foldable phones.
It looks like Samsung’s belief in the foldable form factor is starting to pay off. The company announced that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 releases have quadrupled from last year.
“In 2021, Samsung shipped 4 times more foldable devices than in 2020, which is more than three times the market growth expected by analysts,” the company said in a statement. Blog post…
Samsung also says the lineup attracts more iPhone users than many of its traditional flagship phones. The company says that “Compared to the Galaxy Note 20, Samsung has a 150 percent increase in the number of consumers who have changed their smartphone brand to the Galaxy Z Flip 3.”
That sounds like a pretty strong argument to me that Apple will release a foldable iPhone in the next few years. In the early years of smartphone development, Samsung’s advancements allowed many iPhone users to bridge the chasm, but there seems to be less movement in that direction in recent years.
I personally doubted if the folding sector had legs, especially after the teething problems with the original Galaxy Fold. So, I’m glad Samsung is starting to make me eat my words. More variety of form factors has practically not existed for ten years, so any fresh solutions are welcome.
Loser: Amazon Alexa
Earlier this month, we reported that Amazon is struggling to keep people’s attention with its new Alexa-powered speakers after the original voice control novelty disappeared.
Reports that a personable voice assistant offered a ten-year-old one of those idiotic deadly internet calls probably won’t help either.
The little girl’s mother tweeted, “OMFG, my 10-year-old just asked Alexa on our Echo to call and that’s what she said,” attaching a screenshot from the Alexa app.
Alexa told her, “Here’s something I found on the net. According to ourcommunitynow.com, the task is simple: plug your phone’s charger about halfway into a wall outlet and then touch a penny to the exposed contacts. “
Fortunately, the ten-year-old had a common sense that some people on the Internet lack, and did not give herself such a shock for the rest of her life. Deal with it, Alex’s buddy.