One of my CUs said they were "accepted" and in the waiting list to be able to support Apple Pay with their cards and they linked to this list:
Did you read my "question is" part I wrote? The Android is involved as the current batch of feature phone replacements that such a mythical beast as you described (and I described) would have to compete against them.
It has EVERYTHING to do with Android, as low end Android phones fill the same niche and usage pattern as the old "feature phone" class of phones did. They are the new "feature phones." The question is, a phone that fulfills the exact same set of features as the dumb Android phones, for the same user usage pattern, in a modern design, would be successful.
Manufacturers have not stopped making them. They just use Android and make people think they are buying a smart phone. They have the same functionality and the same usage patterns as previous feature phone class phones. Just because they run Android does not mean they are a smart phone.
please, what is your point? I have not a clue what you are trying to say. And none of those phones look like a modern design. They look like tired old phone designs from 10 years ago (hardware).And btw, the Hydro, in your original post, is an Android phone.
I've been paying attention to the industry, and I cannot recall one. So, please show me one. A modern design feature phone level phone that is not a want-to-be smart phone. All the manufacturers jumped ship to Android for the feature phone level phones, thinking they could fool people into thinking they now have a smart phone.