Comments of the Week: HTC’s woes, LG’s hardware button, and the notch (again)

By | 11th May 2018

Welcome back to another Comment Authority roundup here at Android Authority. The keynote address at Google I/O 2018 happened earlier this week, but remarkably the best comments of the week happened in unrelated threads. The recent HTC sales report got some conversations going, and our poll about whether or not LG should offer users the ability to remap the new Google Assistant button was a hot topic. We once again see that the readers here are a passionate bunch!

But let’s take a look now at the best comments of the week!

Why is HTC failing?

HTC posted its earnings report for the first quarter of 2018, and as one would expect the news was really, really bad. HTC was once one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world, yet now it is seeming more and more likely that the company will cease smartphone production altogether.

One reader by the name of Rico Ringrose has a theory as to why HTC has fallen so far:

 

Android users sure do love to customize their devices

Our poll-of-the-week asked a simple question: should LG let users remap the Google Assistant button on the LG G7 ThinQ to perform a different function? LG admitted during a press conference that it would consider doing just that if the fans demanded it. Well, LG fans here at Android Authority seem pretty dead set on remapping the button, with 80 percent of voters saying “Yes.”

One user calling themselves theforevermachine had some words of constructive criticism for LG as the company relates to another company with a dedicated assistant button: Samsung. Here’s what they had to say:

 

Yes, we are still talking about the notch

Our own Tristan Rayner wrote a piece about how silly it is that companies are continuing to brush off the idea that they are stealing the notch design popularized by the Apple iPhone X. Even LG, when confronted on the topic, denied that the design choice had anything to do with Apple’s best-selling device.

A reader using the moniker KRB had some not-too-subtle words about the notch. However, they also gave a terrific allegory for why having a full top bezel is important:

 

Unsolicited title suggestion of the week

Coming up with a good title for your article is one of the trickiest and most important tasks an internet writer faces each day. Sometimes a great title can mean the difference between an article being a huge hit…or a total dud.

I think that our own Williams Pelegrin used a great title for his piece called “If you have a Twitter account, do yourself a favor and change your password.” However, a user by the name of Techngro had a suggestion that is, well, a bit more extreme:

 


Have a safe and happy weekend, everyone. Don’t forget to get your Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story tickets!