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10 Memorable Android Devices From Brands That Abandoned Android
HTC Dream
Following the historic acquisition of Android by Google, the first Android smartphone, the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1 in the US), was released in October 2008. The HTC Dream came equipped with a 3.2-inch touchscreen that slid to reveal its QWERTY keyboard and brought features like a notification drawer and Android Market for third-party apps.
BlackBerry KeyOne
BlackBerry’s comeback attempt in 2017, the KeyOne, was met with mixed reviews, with some praising such features as its 4.5-inch full-HD touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and long battery life. However, the phone suffered from issues like a relatively slow processor compared to its rivals, limited internal storage, and a lack of a dual-SIM option.
The 2012 HTC One X is regarded as one of Android’s most memorable flagships, offering a praiseworthy design, a simplified HTC Sense UI interface, and a quad-core Nvidia processor. These advances brought a seamless experience, but at the cost of the battery life, and One X’s close-body design and fixed battery turned off many potential buyers.
LG V60 ThinQ
Released in 2020, the LG V60 ThinQ was one of the first 5G phones and the brand’s last smartphone before exiting the competitive market in 2021. The phone brought a 60Hz 6.8-inch display and offered a second, near-identical display as an accessory; however, these displays were bulky, and the dual-screen folding was less-than-convenient.
Trying to address its predecessor’s shortcomings, the 2014 LG G3 fixed such issues as the fixed battery and the absence of a microSD slot while bringing new features like a 5.5-inch screen with a high 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution — the industry-best at the time. While the camera wasn’t the best, the G3 was the first to include a laser auto-focus.