Monday, March 2, 2015

Android Backlash at MWC 2015

Something of an Android Backlash appears to be happening at Mobile World Congress 2015. (Not to say there are not plenty of Android announcements as well.)

First Cyanogen:

Recently, Cyanogen's CEO said, “We’re going to take Android away from Google”, receiving 70 million dollars from Microsoft to help fund the effort.

There are already a few places joining the effort:

Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ is a $299 phablet with Cyanogen OS - Liliputing

Cyanogen has a new look, and a new business collaborator in Qualcomm - Android Authority

FirefoxOS makes could on inexpensive phone promise:

Gadget Web Site - MWC: Orange fires off sub-$40 Firefox phone for Africa

ZTE Showcases Latest Smart Devices Destined for Europe at Mobile World Congress 2015 | Technuter

Even Verizon lining up to ship a Firefox OS phone in 2016:
Mozilla to Develop 'Firefox OS Smartphones' with International Operators : Tech : Chinatopix

Jolla keeps on trying with Sailfish:

Jolla's Sailfish OS 2.0 wants to take on Android with gestures

Jolla unveils Sailfish OS 2.0 and Sailfish Secure platform for phones, tablets - Liliputing


LG shows off its first webOS smartwatch - Liliputing

Windows Phone, definitely not dead:

AnandTech | Microsoft at MWC 2015: Lumia 640 and 640 XL Announced, 4K 120Hz Surface Hub Demoed

Combine these with Samsung's ongoing Tizen efforts and it's clear that there is some real dissatisfaction with Google's handling of Android.