For a few years and until now we have seen and verified that Google knows what it does with Android . The launch of thehe showed us that Android, when it is Android and not “another strange thing”, works like a charm. It is stable, functional and fluid , which is the minimum that can be requested from a mobile operating system., follow the good path that marked his predecessor, and that should give us to think.
Since the, back in 2007, we have been evolving, improving hardware, construction materials, camera and performance in general, but today, 11 years later, what is still committed is, in my opinion, a capital error: let the brands do with Android what they want . As you know, each firm takes Android, modifies it, inserts colors, lights, own apps, extra functions “That will revolutionize the way you interact with your mobile” and that they are never used … superfluous features that, ultimately, they end up undermining the user experience.
In this article I would like to raise how I would like it to be Android in the future. Go ahead that what you are going to read is my personal opinion and that it does not represent that of Andro4all . In the same way that I will comment, I invite you to do so in the comments below. With that said, let’s start.
I know that it’s possible for me to rain the sticks for saying this, but I think that the course of Android should go in line with what Apple does with iOS. I explain. What is the main advantage that an iPhone has over an Android smartphone? The updates When Apple gets an update, all the iPhone receive it and ready , without further complication. They can go better or worse, but receive the receive. Outside fanboy , this is an irrefutable reality., Y there is no problem in recognizing it.
In Android it is also exactly the same, as long as you have a, which is the ‘iPhone with Android’.because you know that You will have official support from Google , that everything will come to you at the moment and that you will enjoy Android at its best . So far I think we will all agree more or less. What is the problem? That Android is used by everyone, and each brand modifies it to adapt it to their devices and their design lines , translated at the user level as customization layers.
That way, when Google takes out, the Google Pixel will receive it in the moment and your mobile of thousand euros, full of extra colors and functions that you do not use, it will do it in a period of between 6 and 12 months (hopefully) . Why? Because brands have to take all those extra functions and colored lights, adapt them to each and every mobile they have in the market , and deploy the update. To this you have to add the filter of the operators, which are to feed them separately.
Imagine this multiplied by the 1,300 brands and the 24,000 different models of smartphones that exist in the market. Crazy.
What generates all this unnecessary customization? Performance problems The Pure Android experience is exquisite , and if you read this from an Android One, a Pixel, a OnePlus or any mobile that uses Android Stock or almost stock you will know it. What is not normal is that you use a current range top and still notice small jerks when opening the application drawer or navigating the menu, nor is it normal for the high-end take 8, 9 or 10 months to receive updates because the firm has to adapt the customization layer and all the accessory functions.
I invite you to put a Google Pixel 2 XL next to any mobile on the face of the Earth and judge for yourself. Why is it better? Because moving Pure Android is not the same as moving the entire customization layer. It is not the same to have 4 GB of well-managed RAM , with the just and necessary apps made by Google, that have 400 apps that are useless running in the background because brands consider that “Improve the user experience.”
In that aspect, Apple takes a clear advantage . It puts the apps just and necessary for the iPhone to work and then you, as a user, choose what you want to download and have. It is you who decides, not a company. The difference is more than obvious. Android, in my eyes, should be exactly like that.
In my utopian world, all the mobiles, whatever the brand they were, would have Android Stock . I say more, not to customize the operating system would be indispensable requirement to be able to use Android . Are you a brand and want to add a memory optimizer, a new notification bar and your own icons to your mobile? Good luck developing your own operating system! As simple as that. Android is Android Pure. What you want to do is something else, it’s an interpretation of Android It does not have to work as well.
The differential factor of the mobiles would be in the exterior design, in the aesthetic level and in the specifications, but, inside, all Android Pure . Google would release its new version of the operating system and the brands would only have to make a couple of changes. Nothing aesthetic, nothing superficial , simply adapt what Google has done to the components of the device. And ready.
Do you want to add your launcher, your apps, your extra functions ‘superinteresting’? Well, you upload them to Google Play and advertise them, as everybody does . Do you think your launcher is better than Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher? Upload it to the app store and compete against them! But do not force the user to have it installed on their smartphone. If you, as a company, consider that your apps offer added value “Essential and revolutionary” , Why do you put everything with shoehorn in the system so I can not uninstall it? If it’s so good, do not worry, I’ll go look for it.
Why force the user to have something they do not want or use on their mobile?
What would be achieved with this? On the one hand, eliminate the stigma that Android goes wrong . Because Android is not bad, what goes wrong is what companies do with Android. On the other hand, get rid of fragmentation once and for all, or at least reduce it to a great extent. Third, alleviate the effects of programmed obsolescence. Finally, and in fourth place, make the Android user experience much better and more satisfying.
The future of Android, at least for me, goes through give greater prominence to Google and Android Pure , and leave the customization layers as something completely accessory and optional. Android P works like a charm, Android One and Android Go work perfectly, and almost all mobile phones that use Android Stock work that it’s nice to see them. How is it possible that a mobile of 200 euros is more fluid than one thousand and have more advanced Android versions? The answer is that Google is very, very present in the development.
Why brands that launch mid-range terminals are beginning to opt for? Because it works. Google requires the companies participating in this program to respect Android and that all the owners that install it can be eliminated. When is this in the high range? That is the answer that will mark, in my opinion, the future of the most used mobile operating system in the world.
* Brands must pass a Google control to use Android as an operating system. It is what is known as certification.