We asked, you told us: Google and Apple no longer innovate on smartphones

Readers tend to believe that one company is more innovative than another.

Google and Apple are the two pillars in the smartphone world. Without either company, it is unlikely that the smartphone landscape would be what it is today. Apple gave the world the first popular touch screen smartphone. Google is in charge of the OS that is used on billions of devices. Both have brought innovations to the table over the years, but is either one as impressive as the first?

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In a recent poll, we asked our readers for their thoughts on Google and Apple’s innovations in the smartphone space. Do either of the companies still offer innovation on smartphones? Here’s what you told us.

Do you think Google and Apple still offer innovation on smartphones?


We ran this poll on our website, but Twitter, And further youtube. Each platform provided similar results, but readers on the website were more critical of both companies. About 47% of readers believe that neither Google nor Apple offers innovation on smartphones. Only less than 21% of readers believe otherwise. If they were to pick one company that is still bringing innovative features to the table, it would be Google. One in four readers (25.1%) believe that the Android maker still contributes to the industry, while only 7.4% of readers favor Apple.

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The votes were close on Twitter. While 38.9% of readers believe that no firm innovates on smartphones, just over 30% believe the opposite. However, Apple is considered the least innovative of the two companies.

In the end, the YouTube results echoed what we saw above. About 42% of the respondents believe that innovation is dead for both firms, with 29% believe that it is the opposite.

But if neither Google nor Apple is leading the way in smartphone innovation, which companies are? Readers outline some of their own theories below.

here’s what you told us

  • Tony talks: The only real innovation these days is from Chinese manufacturers. Google and Apple haven’t been innovating for a long time.
  • avishek: innovation lately is only coming from smaller companies including Chinese OEMs and their little experiments with their software as basic as anything – little-scrolling-screenshots – where google spreads them like OCR and Apple polishes them on macOS with iOS15; Otherwise, just look at the disappointment of an iPad as a glorified walled garden, hardware for an infinitely self-sustaining subscription source of earnings… by all means.
  • digitalbeniIt’s a shame that Huawei was targeted for politics. They were undoubtedly driving innovation.
  • Varusal: depends on. Google really leads with some “innovation” in the software department. Apple doesn’t really do anything innovative anymore, at least not something that would be called “innovative”. Overall I think we have got most innovations from other companies like Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo etc. In recent years they have shown a lot of new and interesting stuff like foldable phones, alpha phone from Xiaomi, rollable display etc. Good for Apple Privacy changes like having “standards” also forced Google to step in.
  • easy care: No one has done any innovation (that is really useful) recently. Smartphones in general have matured in many ways, and I believe innovation has declined in terms of demand. What people care about most are the basics; Long term support and most importantly, value. I see where the Pixel 5 is aiming but it’s not there yet.
  • takagi: Not for me. I think we’re already at a point where these so-called “new features” are just existing features that have been hypothetically named, or enhanced (e.g. from a single camera to a multi-camera set- up to). I’ve been using my Galaxy Note 9 since 2019 and I still haven’t found a phone that is a worthy replacement despite these “new features”. I’ll probably stick with him until he dies. Even the fancy features on Apple phones aren’t enough for me to make the switch.

That’s all for this poll. Thanks for voting and commenting. We imagine that readers will have much to say about this topic and the results of the survey. If you have any additional thoughts about any of these, leave a comment below.

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