So, Prepsera Tech starts off with Android here, perhaps the most widely used OS in the entire world (more than even Windows). Almost everyone around seems to have an Android device, and they are pretty defensive about how great it is. Have a look at YouTube, or for that matter any site where people can comment, and you can see how huge the Android community is.
While I agree that Android is prettt good for the most, I still don’t feel that it is quite the best out there. Here are a few of the reasons why Android is popular, and my analysis on the topic…
- Customisability : After all, Android is the OS for those who like their device to be distinct, and to be built around them, according to them. Except, most users aren’t geeks and they hardly care about customising their phones. For the majority, customisation is just a new wallpaper, or maybe new icons on the home screen.
- Don’t invoke the custom ROM argument please. I have done all the steps needed to have a custom modded Android device, with unlocked bootloaders and stuff. However, it is hardly an easy procedure to do. Trust me, most users won’t even think of doing all this. So, this doesn’t go as an Android pro point of customisation.
- Custom Launchers and Themes are a great part of the Android customisation. However, these are hardly optimised and run slower than the stock software. It provides optionality to users, but hardly a smooth experience.
- Security is a joke on Android. Of all the OSes out there, Android is perhaps the most vulnerable (yeah, even more than Windows). A detailed study by one of the most prominent mobile security companies (I don’t remember the name exactly, so I would ask you to Google up the name. As far as I recall, it was TrendMicro, but I can’t be sure) listed that more than 90% of all Android Phones are vulnerable, even to debilitating attacks like a mobile equivalent of the WannaCry attacks that hit Windows. In fact, a lot of such cases have been reported in which users of Android Phones were locked out of their devices by ransomware.
- Encryption and Sandboxing isn’t present in Android, atleast by default. Some devices do support encryption though. However, even that is a small percentage. And while encryption safeguards your data quite a lot, it can’t save you from viruses and stuff. The walled garden approach taken by iOS is much more secure and reliable in this case.
- Privacy Issues : Android devices are the worst when it comes to privacy. After all, an OS managed by Google, and devices coming pre installed with Google services. There’s bound to be a lot of data mining, for sure. Google isn’t known for it’s privacy policies, anyways. Though I may have to give this to Android over Windows. Windows 10 is even worse at privacy. Apple might be the best in this area, as well, considering that it keeps a lot of your data on your devices, and asks before collecting data, if at all.
- Lack of Optimization : This is an obvious one. But to be fair, how can an OS as widespread as Android be ever optimised. Same is the issue that Windows faces. Windows hasn’t been able to optimize itself fully, simply because it has to support a lot of hardware. The same goes for Android. Also, the core of Android itself is flawed. Java and it’s garbage collection policies are what screw up Android big time. So, even an idle phone needs a lot of system resources just because the Android system is heavily bloated. Many OEMs fix this by adding a lot of RAM. However, this worsens the battery life of the device. If optimization is what you need, then an iPhone is what you might consider. Even Windows phone OS is much more optimized than Android. Pity that it didn’t obtain much market share.
- Pre-Installed Bloatware : While this ain’t a fault of Android as an OS, it definitely is a fault of the Android devices. Manufacturers load up Android phones with their own bloated softwares, which hogs system resources and slows down the device heavily. Also, there might be data mining done using these apps as well.
Off the top of my head, these are the reasons that I can remember. If any more come to mind, I would definitely post a follow up article on this.
Remember, if any of these points are deal breakers for you, why don’t you shift to either the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. If value for money is what you are looking for, then the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE offer great value for money.
Think over it…