Year 2005, Google buys Android INC for 50 million dollars , and the snowball starts to grow. If you have read any other article of mine, you will know that I use a Google Pixel 2 XL, and that after trying dozens and dozens of phones, I can not use any other as personal mobile , a matter of tastes and preferences, like everything in this life.
Although I’ve tried iOS, and I admit that I like it, I am convinced that Android is more versatile, more complete, and more functional , despite its big failures. Maybe my point of view is somewhat blunt, but I’m sorry that Android is in the situation where it is , and the stereotypy that surrounds it.
A system that is not updated, that has frequent crashes, and that will never be as optimized as iOS. This is what millions of users around the world think, and no, we are not just talking about iPhone users. Google is largely to blame , and today we tell you the three deadly sins that you can not redeem in your operating system.
Thanks to Google, manufacturers can take what they want to update to the next version of Android . We’re used to seeing the highest-end phones, updating almost a year after Google introduced the latest version of Android, a deep shame that leaves us with a fragmentation of more than 90% of outdated devices .
From the boom of Android, fragmentation has been an unstoppable problem. We have more than 90% of devices without updating, and most of them will not even do it.
Brutal, this figure is simply brutal, although we understand very well that there are thousands of devices on Android, and that it is impossible to control this . However, what would be possible is some kind of restriction, or alliance with manufacturers, to guarantee faster updates . Android One is a program that helps this, but of course, Not all manufacturers are willing to join him .
Would it be unreasonable for Google to force manufacturers to update, in certain terms, their top-of-the-range models? Some of us think that not, that Google should force OEMs to update their terminals in a minimum of time . We do not ask for Pixel’s rhythm, but it is not a receipt that more than 1,000 mobile phones from 2017, receive Oreo 7 months after its launch.
Some think that this would have serious consequences, and that the manufacturers would stop being interested in Android . Would this really happen? Let’s speculate
Let’s think for a moment. Imagine that Google requires manufacturers to update their top-end model – one or two models, only – 3 months after the release of the latest version of Android . Do you really think that manufacturers would stop using Android, start to develop their own operating system from scratch -with the expense that comes with this-, or that would directly close the company by not having resources to do the latter?
No, this would not happen . Give a logical timeframe for update a terminal or two a year , is not going to make anyone abandon Android, as is logical. We repeat, we are not asking the thousands of manufacturers to update their thousands of phones, but, for example, if a top of the range is presented in September, be updated in December to the latest version of Android . Would it be so dramatic to impose this?
It is difficult to assess a layer of personalization, since subjectivity comes into play. However, sticking to the purest objectivity, we can say that no ROM works like the Google ROM , and that the only one that has an almost identical performance, is that of Android One.
Manufacturers, as long as they adhere to the Android compatibility document, can modify the system to their liking, and this it leaves us with ROMs that slow down, that consume more battery of the account, and that do not let shine to the true Android . If you use a mobile with a personalization layer, you will be used to it, you may like certain aspects and you will even think that it works great. If you had the opportunity to have the original Google ROM next to it, instead of evaluating it for a video you have seen on YouTube, you may have changed your mind.
What is the fine barrier that separates a ROM with interesting additions from the purest bloatware? Actually, it is quite complicated to ask Google to make changes in this aspect. We can only ask that force to respect certain basic aspects of the system , as the notifications.
The layers of personalization – although not from our point of view, can bring wealth and functionality to Android. However, by the time we start to perform basic system functions, the alarm goes off.
Today, there are mobiles of the highest range, whose brand I will not name, that block notifications on the lockscreen . We can only see them by downloading the notification bar, but the banner is blocked, because the manufacturer has been willing . These aspects should not be allowed in Android, since they mess up the user experience, and the name of the system itself.
I must admit that the first two sins of Google, are given from the point of view of a lover of AOSP ROMs, optimization and the most exquisite performance, but what I’m going to tell you now, is something that affects us all . Play Store is full of junk applications, and literally, anyone, from home, can upload the first fad that comes to mind.
The quality controls in the Apple App Store are much more conscientious , and you will not find this type of applications of very poor quality in iOS. Google should be stricter with developers , require them to use the latest APIs always , and stop selling us that Play Protect is the panacea, because although it works, it is not enough.
I’m a fan of Android, Google, and all the work he’s been doing, for a few years. Nevertheless, I think the freedom that Google gives with Android is excessive , and as the proverb says, virtue is in the middle . I do not want the extremely closed ecosystem of iOS, but I also do not want an application store full of garbage, 1,000 euros mobiles that update 7 months late, and layers of customization that weigh down a system that, without those additions, is practically perfect.
And you, do you share this point of view?
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