I was not lucky to see Android being born, but almost . In particular, I have been in this scene since 2009, date on which the HTC Tattoo was launched, my first Android smartphone . A terminal that I took out of the box with Android 1.6, and that I managed to carry until the fourth version of our operating system .
Today, it’s time to get nostalgic, and comment the experience with each Android version . I do not want to go into technical details, simply, in the feeling and the sensations that I had with each of them, since I have been a very active user of Android, and I think that software is the most important aspect in any phone .
Before Android 1.6 Donut, there were a few versions that I did not have the pleasure to try. As I mentioned, my first phone was the HTC Tattoo. In a time when the ROMs came heavily customized by the operators , to the point where the thematization of the mobile was directly imposed by the Spanish company Orange.
However, my experience with the HTC Tattoo was surprisingly good . It was a fluent mobile – taking into account how Android worked at that time – it is true that it was easy to run out of RAM – it only had 256 megabytes – but my first sensation with Android made it quite clear to me that this was the operating system that should be in .
My HTC Tattoo never passed Android 1.6 officially, but CyanogenMOD was at its best, and I ventured to install the ROM based on Android 2.3.6 , the most recent one at that time. This was my first contact with “Pure Android”. Everything worked very fluid, much faster, and although there were certain inconsistencies in performance, it was a version that I liked a lot.
I can not say the same about the Samsung Galaxy SCL that I had with this version , which was a real hell. Back then, call the Samsung ROM lagwiz It was totally justified, and that is that a terminal with twice the hardware of my HTC Tattoo, was unable to move freely. In general, the perception of Android 2.3 I think was quite positive for users.
With Android 2 Play Store arrived , to replace the old application store, Market . He also arrived the support for WhatsApp , which disappeared in versions 1.X, forcing many users to change phone or ROM.
What system is this so spectacular, with blue icons and such a modern interface? Android 4.0 came as one of the most important changes in the history of Android . The interface began to draw a sketch of what we have now, although the truth is that the performance left a little to be desired .
Specifically, I was using this ROM in both the Sony Xperia Type and the Samsung Galaxy SII. In the latter the battery drains had no name, although in the Xperia Tipo – Sony’s very low range for the year 2012 – it worked relatively well, thanks to the Cyanogen Custom ROM with Android 4.0 that I managed to install.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was a great leap in stability. We kept the aesthetic new arrival, but with several improvements and optimizations that were noted. I had the opportunity to try it on the first Motorola Moto G , known as the best mid-range in history, or as the Google Nexus 4.5 .
In this case, the Moto G had the Google ROM , a concept similar to the current Android One, but which was a revolution in 2013. The fluidity was maximum, and greater than that of many high ranges that cost up to 3 or 4 times more than the small Moto G . Unfortunately, the good performance did not last Android needed another big change, and we had to pay some consequences.
Android 4.4 arrived for make quite a few changes again in the design and functionality of the system , although it needed a few versions to polish. In the case of my Moto G, I lost more than 1h of screen, and I won in lag, freezes and forced closures . Luckily, the subsequent updates improved the performance quite a bit.
Thanks to Google Nexus 5, I was able to enjoy Android 4.4.4 as a small child . The terminal had a fluidity that, even to this day, still seems surprising to me. Everything was fast, electric … A simply spectacular sensation, that many users enjoy at the moment.
So much so, that many consider today that Android 4.4.4 is the most stable version we’ve had on Android , argument based in part, to the havoc that made the next version of Android.
Android had an excessively conservative design for many years, and Google decided to change course. Android 5.0 introduced us Material Desing , the current design that we have in our operating system, and that applies to both the applications and the entire OS.
New design, new animations, changes in memory management … Too many news in a very short time , something that made invoice to many terminals. My Moto G became practically unusable , and despite having tried quite a few phones at that time, I do not remember a single one that gave me a decent performance with Android 5.0 and later versions. Nevertheless, this was a necessary evil , which caused Android to be at the level of design in which it is currently.
Marsmallow was presented to us as a more optimized version of Android 5.0. The aesthetic novelties were not too many, although Doze, the best-known Android energy management system, was added . The truth is that, in many cases -not in all-, it was possible to solve the problems of performance and battery drains, the phones that came to the market with Android 6.0 were quite stable , and ultimately, Google let fall that they knew what they were doing, and that this was the right path.
Some nice memories with Android 6.0 were given to me by the Zuk Z1 and the OnePlus 3T. Everything worked very well, fluid, the battery behaved without strangers , and in general, the experience was very satisfactory.
As passionate about technology, I will never forget the moment when my OnePlus 3T updated Android Nougat . I thought that this terminal was the height of fluidity, but Nougat showed me that there was still room for improvement. Everything, absolutely everything improved with Nougat , one of the most stable versions of Android currently.
Also, at the design level, everything was redefined , with an extremely improved notification bar, more current settings … The operation was practically perfect . There were no inconsistencies, the battery behaved better than in 6.0, and it was a delight to use the phone with this version.
Having thoroughly tested iOS 11 on the iPhone 7, 8 Plus and X, I’m proud to say that, finally, Android is more stable and functional than iOS . Believe me, I do not get carried away by subjectivity and personal perception, Android Oreo is the optimization come true, the management of the battery is a delight -as long as the processor accompanies-, and everything works as it should .
Although I have tested many terminals this year, I must say that only the Google Pixels provide an experience of pure Oreo , making clear the degree of optimization that this version has. If you have a high-end with a heavy customization layer, you may not have noticed differences, but Oreo is the best thing that has happened to Android in a long time , And I am proud of it.
Never, in my life, I would have thought of installing a Developer Preview on my personal mobile. Although I can try several, my Daily Driver is usually my Pixel, and I did not want to ruin the user experience . My partner Christian told me that the Developer Preview was totally usable, that the battery lasted equal or longer than in Oreo, and that everything worked as it should, so I ventured.
This is how I told you my experience with Android P , which focuses on the optimization of the system and the renovation in the design and believe me, you will thank him. If a Developer Preview in its first version is almost as stable as the final version of Oreo, I do not want to imagine the performance that will be the Final Release of Android 9.0.
We are facing another of the most substantial breaks in Android , a whole revolution in design, working hard with different APIs that will make life easier for us, and the promise that, thanks to Project Treble, we can all have Android P a little earlier than usual .
Definitely, my experience with Android has had its pluses and minuses . As a lover of this operating system, and as obsessed with performance, in my personal opinion I think that Until the arrival of Android 7.1, our system has not shone as it should . Before this version, Android simply it was good , but to this day, for my pleasure, it is the best mobile operating system we can use.
Finally, we are clearly ahead of the competition, and while iOS 12 will focus on error correction, we will allow ourselves the luxury of focusing on the design and polishing , I think with this I say everything. Tell me now, what has been your journey with Android , which version has been your favorite, and which one you would not install again even under gun.
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