OnePlus seems to have upset the tech community again. Meanwhile, HTC is spreading the love and Sony is selling PlayStation 4s like hot pancakes.
OnePlus faces a bit of an odd social media phenomena. They have managed to become relevant in the tech community by hyping up an amazing device that is even more amazingly affordable. Some may call them social media geniuses, but they also seem to be very clueless about how they approach their contests.
Their Smash the Past contest was deemed wasteful by the community, which caused the Chinese manufacturer to receive a significant amount of criticism. Their new “Ladies First” contest is undergoing a similar reception, with users believing the move is sexist and distasteful.
In this contest, women are asked to draw a OnePlus logo on a piece of paper (or on their bodies). You can then take a photo and post it to their thread. The top 50 most liked images will be the winners, getting these participants a chance to purchase a OnePlus One. Another 100 invites will be given to random participants, and if more than 500 entries are received, a OnePlus One will be free to the #1 winner.
Opinion: Maybe OnePlus One doesn’t quite understand the Western concept of political correctness? Their attempts to create more hype just keep creating more discontent. Quick hint: there is a very thin line between being a “gentleman” and being sexist.
Are exclusive applications ever a factor that will push you into buying a certain phone? We will have to assume it hardly is, but this doesn’t mean manufacturers can’t make some good cash out of them. After all, many of us do like these exclusive features.
HTC is trying to monetize some of its software by making it available to all Android devices. New reportss from Recide swear devices across the spectrum will be able to install Zoe this coming week. The app will be in beta, and only high-end, updated devices will be able to enjoy it (at least at first).
Opinion: This is a new route, and we are hoping it proves to be successful. I would love to see exclusive apps and features reach other devices. Not only from HTC, but from all manufacturers.
Sony has taken the stage at Gamescon 2014, announcing their success to the 4 directions. Sony has crossed the 10 million devices sold milestone, spreading PlayStation 4 consoles all over the world. The manufacturer seems to have nearly doubled their numbers compared to February, when they announced they had sold 5.3 million units.
Opinion: 10 million years in under a year is a lot of consoles, guys. And it seems the numbers will only continue to grow as more titles and content keeps launching.