As soon as they were there, they were already gone. We will show you 12 engineering products that have jerked, failed. The note 7 from this compilation you know of course. But do you remember the WeTab that should compete with the iPad?
The latest spectacular bust
1. Galaxy Note 7
The 5.7-inch smartphone/phablet Galaxy Note 7 was the great white hope of Samsung . Thus, the South Koreans wanted to enforce as of August 2016 high-priced and powerful smartphone on the market that not only the competition of Apple – the iPhone 7 Plus – Paroli offers, but also a really good profit margin promises as they otherwise only Apple enters. But the score 7 failed miserably: The batteries of the first batch could catch fire, the exchange units of the second batch as well. On October 11, 2016, presented Samsung production officially. All smartphones already delivered the first and second batch takes Samsung back. The Note-7-disaster just happened simultaneously with the launch of the iPhone 7 (Plus) – better advertisement could not have wished for .. Californians
2. WeTab was originally called Wepad. Here with “Oslo-Lena”.
The notorious WeTab (original name: Wepad) of the Berlin company Neofonie should make the iPad competition in 2010. But the first presentation of the WeTabs completely failed, because on the allegedly running with Linux tablet during the press conference a Windows error message appeared. Product reviews on Amazon turned out to be fictitious. In our test, the WeTab also fell through. In November 2010 Neofonie finally gave up.
3. WOW! By CompuServe (1996-1997)
CompuServe’s timid prototype of an AOL killer – a more family-friendly, consumer-oriented variant of CompuServe’s own service, which unhappily attracted more geeks than business people. Announced on March 25, 1996. Words for publication: “It’s time for consumers to get an online service tailored to their needs … WOW! From CompuServe provides all the services the customer needs at home To surf the Internet, to receive and send e-mails, and to teach children how to learn – at a fixed price. ” Day of death: January 31, 1997. Obituary: “We leave behind the massacre of the mass consumption market, for which we spent hundreds of millions of dollars.” Reasons for failure: As CompuServe himself said, the desire to challenge AOL was not strong enough. In addition, WOW! Far less prominent than AOL at that time. Aftermath: In September 1997, AOL bought CompuServe and left the name gradually disappearing. Poetic justice, presumably.
4. Apples PowerMac G4 Cube (2000-2001)
A super-slim Mac desktop computer in a small acrylic case with no fan. One of the Steve’s most proficient Apple products at all. Announced: July 19, 2000. Words for publication: “The G4 Cube is simply the coolest computer ever.” – Steve Jobs at the Unveiling at the Mac World Expo in New York. “Cube owners love their cubes, but most customers decided instead to purchase our powerful Power Mac G4 Minitower.” – Apple’s Phil Schiller in one of the few press releases ever issued for the death of a product. Reasons for failure: As Phil Schiller already said, most Apple customers chose instead for the Power Mac 4G Minitower. Probably also the proud price of almost 1,200 euros contributed to the Cube. Still a very unusual decision from Apple to give up the product so quickly, rather than publish a reworked version of this really cool machine. However, the Cube also had its weaknesses. For example, the case, which was prone to cracks, and the design that made sure that the reset switch was accidentally pressed while inserting a CD. Aftermath: In 2005, Apple announced the Mac Mini – a much cheaper, Cube-like computer, which had a much longer life.
5. Kerbango Internet Radio (2000-2001)
What it was: A 200-euro radio that was used to launch radio stations on the Web using the RealNetworks technology. It worked selectively with modem or broadband connection. Announced: February 7, 2000 at the DEMO conference. “Kerbango is an important driving force to help Internet radio to its fullest potential, making it easy to listen to music over the Internet, even without a computer.” Deadline: March 21, 2001 – without ever entering the market. After many shifts, 3Com purchased the product for 80 million US dollars, applied it as if it were already available and never brought it to the market. Obituary: As announced at the time by 3Com, Kerbango cut off $ 250 million. After three quarters of the quarter, 3Com decided to get out of the field of home products. Reasons for Failure: It has never really come to light that Kerbango has been living for over a year as a highly vamped Vaporware. Obviously, the product had only one major drawback: Correctly, Kerbango worked only with a broadband connection – and at a time when most households had just a modem. Similar products like the Roku SoundBridge made it to the market, but none of them was really successful. Aftermath: Some time ago, HP purchased 3Com. If you try to reach the Kerbango.com site today, you’ll land on HP’s homepage.
6. Sony eVilla (2001)
What it was: A “network entertainment center”, based on the promising but ailing BeOS platform. Also included: keyboard, mouse, portrait format display, modem connection and pre-installed applications. Announced: January 2001. After several shifts it reached the dealer shelves on 14 June 2001. Words for publication: “Sonys eVilla closes the annoying dial-up procedure on the Internet, only to see if a new e-mail has arrived.” – Mark Viken, President of Sony’s Personal Network Solutions Company. Date of death: 30 August 2001. Obituary: “The product did not meet our expectations … it did not work as planned.” Reasons for Failure: At the time when the eVilla and its much hyped competitor Audrey, were released, no one wanted more BeOS computers with fixed applications. People wanted cheap windows PCs. Aftermath: Sony has done it right and reimbursed the buyers of eVilla the cost of the device and the use of its Internet service.
7. 3Com Audrey (2000-2001)
What it was: A 400 euro modem computer with stylus operation, designed specifically for women and part of the never-ending “Ergo” device series. Like today’s Blackberry PlayBook, Audrey ran with the QNX operating system. Announced: October 17, 2000. Words for publication: “We want to bring a fun interning experience right into the hearts of our customers’ households, and in most households, the heart is the kitchen.” “We still believe in the potential of such devices, but we are now aware that the development will take much longer than planned and will lead to huge losses in the foreseeable future. ” Reasons for failure: One might say Audrey was a good decade ahead of his time. Today people use the iPad as they should have used Audrey. But in the year 2000, people did not want to be a minimalistic device, which was lowered in performance. They wanted PCs. Aftermath: 3Com allegedly had a secret compensation program. But in contrast to Sony’s eVilla buyers, Audrey customers remained undeveloped.
8. Palm Foleo (2007)
What it was: a 400-euro subnotebook-like device that could be connected to PalmOS phones and played the apps of the mobile phone (e-mail and more) on a larger screen with a larger keyboard. Announced: May 30, 2007. Words to release: “I think it’s the best idea I’ve ever had” – Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm and creator of the Palm Pilot in an interview with Innetfried von Cnet. “Our own surveys and early feedback from the market have shown us that we still need some improvements to make Foleo a world-class product.” We can not afford these improvements On a platform that does not meet our focus. ” – Ed Colligan, CEO of Palm. Reasons for failure: Palm was difficult in 2007 to complete a announced operating system, which turned out to be WebOS. But also the devastating pre-criticism of Foleo was not exactly helpful. Impact: In a blog post after the end of Foleo, Palm CEO Ed Colligan wrote, thinking about a “Foleo II” based on the new platform. Once again, the new platform was WebOS.
9. Google Wave (2009-2010)
What it was: The introduction should actually be what it was “not”. Google Wave was a hybrid of e-mail. Instant messaging, workgroup administration, a photo editor and lots more. And all this, without even having a certain similarity to any of the existing Google services in one of these categories. Announced: May 28, 2009 (open for all from 19 May 2010). Words for publication: “Can a single communication model summarize all or most of the systems currently used on the web in a single continuum, and how easy can we design it?” – Google’s Lars Rasmussen, co-inventor of Wave. “We did not plan to continue the development of Wave as a standalone product, but we will keep the site until at least the end of the year And use technology in other Google projects. ” Reasons for failure: At this point, you can not be sure, but Google has been letting big projects happen over the last couple of years. Maybe the group was simply not satisfied with the fact that Wave was extremely confused because of its universality. However, almost two and a half months were also a damn short time span for a different project like Wave to find acceptance among the people. Aftermath: The Apache project adapted Wave. So you can argue that Wave is at least technically not yet differentiated. However, it has been in the incubation phase for a very long time …
10. Microsoft Kin (2010)
What it was: two semi-smartphones, manufactured by Sharp for the US network Verizon. Both had flip-out keyboards, touch screens, and massively built-in features, but were unable to play third-party apps. Published: May 6, 2010. Words for publication: “In close collaboration with our partners, we have seen the opportunity to design a mobile experience that fits exactly to today’s social generation: a mobile phone that makes it easy for the user at any moment Of his life with others. ” – Robbie Bach, President of Microsofts Entertainment and Devices Division. Day of Death: June 30, 2010 Obituary: “We have decided to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not be delivering Kin in Europe this fall.” The Kin developer team is working today In the Windows Phone 7 team, bringing valuable ideas and technologies to the Kin in our future Windows mobile phones. ” Reasons for Failure: From marketing perspective, it made sense for Microsoft to focus on the significantly stronger Windows Phone platform. According to rumors, the sales figures of the Kin were also miserable. Perhaps not unjustly, because the Kin mobile phones were unspectacular, heavy and badly designed mobile devices at the full price data tariff, even if it was not even smart phones. Aftermath: Microsoft promised that Verizon would continue to distribute the already completed Kin mobile phones – and the company kept its word. Even today, a child is born with a favorable contract rate in the USA.
11. Cisco FlipLive (2011)
What it was: The new generation of Cisco video cameras with a new main feature: integrated Wi-Fi that synchronizes the cameras wirelessly with the computer or publishes the recorded videos directly on the Internet. Announced: An official announcement never came! However, the device should be released on April 13, 2011. Words for publication: Cisco has never provided information about the FlipLive to the public. In various press briefings, however, it was described as a “new, innovative family of products”, which is “different from all other flip products”. Date of death: 12 April 2011, together with all other models of flip series. “As we move forward, our customer-centric services will focus on how we can improve the value proposition of our company and our service- Vendors can optimize and expand to ensure that these offers continue to exist. ” – John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, in a fluffy and fluffy-charged statement to the end of the flip series and the dismissal of all 550 employees of the product line. Reasons for failure: Flip was very popular and also quite profitable. It was therefore speculated wildly that to Santiago’s goals, especially skilful display and financial caution belonged. It’s a pity that Cisco took the flip-row completely, instead of selling it. After all, it was a brand that was bought just two years earlier for almost 590 million US dollars. Aftermath: The decision to flip FlipLive along with all other flip devices came so suddenly that San Francisco and other cities in the US did not even have time to remove the previously announced flip-commercials of buses and billboards again, so pranced months After the Off still ads for the new FlipLive camera on buses and house walls.
12. HP TouchPad (2011)
What it was: HP’s first WebOS tablet and thus the most memorable result of Palm’s acquisition in 2010 for 1.2 billion US dollars. It was designed as the flagship of all future WebOS devices. “The flexibility of the WebOS platform makes it ideal to create a series of innovative devices that work together to keep you connected to the world better,” said a press release. Announced: February 9, 2011, delivered as of July 1, 2011. Words for publication: “What makes HP’s TouchPad a good alternative to competing products is WebOS.” The flexibility of the platform will always be HP’s products in both private and professional terms From other products on the market, which is just the beginning of what HP can do with WebOS. “- John Rubinstein, HP’s Senior Vice President. Death Day: August 18, 2011. Obituary: “The sales of our tablet do not meet our expectations.” – Leo Apotheker, CEO of HP (a short time later pharmacists had to take his hat and got a lavish compensation). Reasons for failure: HP simply did not have the guts to really enter the highly competitive tablet market. By simultaneously announcing the company’s close-up of its PC division, HP clearly signaled that it wants to leave the consumer goods market – From some printers and ink. HP could have fetched much more from WebOS than they did in the end. Now there is still no serious competition for Apple’s iPad. But if a company is not even able to exceed six weeks of lousy product sales, perhaps it should not introduce any new products. After Effects: The TouchPad also dies another version, the TouchPad 4G, which never saw the light of the world. There is only one light in this tragedy: the prices for HP’s WebOS devices are sinking rapidly into the basement. As a low-cost notebook, the touchpad shines brilliantly.
In the post above we show you twelve products whose lifespan on the market, the 1-year Border has never cracked, or that it was not brought to market maturity. Most of these products have been manufactured by large companies, who should have known better.
This Samsung Galaxy Note 7 of Daniel Franks began in Houston, Texas fire. This is already a replacement device of the second batch.
The 5.7-inch smartphone/phablet Galaxy Note 7 was the great white hope of Samsung. Thus, the South Koreans wanted to enforce as of August 2016 high-priced and powerful smartphone on the market that not only the competition of Apple – the iPhone 7 Plus – Paroli offers, but also a really good profit margin promises as they otherwise only Apple enters. But the note 7 failed miserably: the batteries of the first batch could catch fire, the exchange devices of the second batch as well. On 11.10.2016 put Samsung production officially. Samsung has returned all the first and second batches already delivered. The note-7-disaster occurred at the same time as the introduction of the iPhone 7 (plus) – a better advertising could not be the Californians.
Corporations in Silicon Valley like to say about themselves: “We prefer to lose fast”. What they mean is that they love to try new ideas and technologies; But if something on the market does not work, they give it up relatively quickly. Companies are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in a new product and making a powerful wind about it – and only months later has it disappeared from the picture. If it ever smelled the market air.
Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad was a questionable advertisement for incredibly short-lived technology products. The touchpad is sch but in well-known society: Famous notorious flops like Audrey, the G4 Cube and Foleo for example.
Products from Germany
But there is also example from Germany for particularly spectacularly failed IT products. The infamous WeTab (formerly: Wepad) Berlin company Neofonie 2010 should the iPad to compete. But the first presentation of the WeTabs completely failed, because on the allegedly running with Linux tablet during the press conference a Windows error message appeared. Reviews on Amazon turned out to be faked. In our test, the WeTab also fell through. In November 2010 Neofonie finally gave up.