The Top 5 Android Phone Flops Of All Time [VIDEO]By Noi Ramirez, UniversityHerald Reporter
Not all smartphones are built the same and running on different iterations of Android, Google's most popular mobile operating system there is. However, not all of them became a success, listed below are the five worst Android phones there is.
Released in April 2013, it ran Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean). HTC First was a standard mid-range phone also known as the Facebook phone. The much-anticipated device did not deliver what everyone was expecting of it and being a "Facebook" phone, it had a user interface that one would already get using Facebook. The biggest mistake it had according to Forbes was that it was tied in exclusively to AT&T.
LG G5, just released in April this year had an impressive spec sheet that ran on Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow). Its biggest failure was its modular design. Owners can pop in "modular" accessories to it making it perform added functionality to what is already built-in in standard smartphones. It had a camera grip and an audio module and... well, that's all LG released for it and they were expensive, so was the phone itself at $700.
Amazon Fire Phone
Released in June 2014, it churned Amazon Fire OS v3.5. Its core base is Android underneath all the layers Amazon put into it that doomed it to fail. Another is that like the HTC First, locked into AT&T. It blocked out Google's apps and offered Amazon's own app store and content instead.
Released in Nov. 2015, it ran Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow). BlackBerry's attempt to penetrate the Android market to bring back its lost glory. Its original OS could not compete with Android and iOS. Unfortunately, it came with a long exclusive tie-in with AT&T. The sliding keyboard did not help either.
HTC Thunderbolt was released Jan 2011, it ran Android v2.2 (Froyo) upgradable to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The first LTE-capable Verizon phone, which had the best specs when it was launched and because of LTE, the fastest data speeds one could get on a device. The hardware itself failed it. It was heavy, a 1400 mAh battery that is drained out of juice by the LTE radio. It frequently crashes, incurs data loss. The only good thing about it was probably its kickstand.