Busting The Top 7 Myths About Android OS
Android has not yet succeeded to build trust among many people. There are still several myths about Android that prevent people to use Android phones. This post busts them all.
Look at your friends and family members observably and you will notice that 8 out of 10 of them use Android phones. This OS is a real KING in mobile market and its app store – Play Store is richest with more than 2.4 million apps. Well, it’s not surprising because Android devices are quite affordable and can be owned at any moderate budgets.
But in the mean time, some myths are also popping up around Android smartphones. This post is an effort to bust the top myths bothering Android phone users. Let’s begin it.
- Android is too complicated for beginners.
- Android is the world of malware.
- Android crashes more than any OS.
- Android does not look same on all phones.
- Good apps aren’t launched first on Android.
- You are bounded to use Google services to use Android phones.
- Android phones must need a task killer.
Android is too complicated for beginners.
One of the most common myths about Android smartphones is that they are too complex for new users. The previous chief executive officer of Microsoft stated it in 2011 that “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone. I think you do to use an Android phone…”But his statement has been improbable for last several years because today, more than 87% of smartphones runs on Android and there is no further test required to prove that Android is not a complicated OS because if it has been so, people would not be using it.
As far as learning is concerned, the more you know about the OS, the more you are able to get its advantages. Every single setting, from adjusting the screen brightness to enabling/disabling features, is available in easy reach of users. Consider Settings itself is an app to allow you making changes in your device and controling various things.
Android is the world of malware.
It’s true that malwares still exist in the Android OS ecosystem but how exactly an Android app is exposed to malware? First of all, there is now no or very less chance that an Android app downloaded from Google Play has any sort of malware infection. Previously, apps submitted by developers were immediately published without a lengthy review process. But in March 2015, Google disclosed that it has an internal team of human reviewers who analyze individual Android app for violation of policy before publication.
So first of all, Google itself does not allow any malicious app to become available on the app Store and second, it is the responsibility of users that they verify if they are downloading apps from the sources other than Google Play. The best advice is that they do not go outside the Google Play for apps because most of the malwares come from third-party app stores. It means this myth exists only in case if users turn out to be careless.
Android crashes more than any OS.
There was a lot of talk about Android being laggy in its early days. Many claims were put on Android crash more apps than other platforms. But the reality is that all platforms suffer from some sort of crashes. Often time particular apps do crash, not all. For example, the inbuilt Android apps are hardly noticed crashing.
A Forbes’ report mentioning the data of Crittercism shown that iOS apps crash more frequently than Android apps but then a year after, another Forbes report shown that Jelly Bean crashes more apps than iOS 6. So it’s really very difficult to conclude which platform crashes more apps than other one.
Also in most cases of crash, Android devices made with cheap hardware are found to be guilty. Underpowered processor, low-memory RAM, heavily tweaked UIs and carrier bloatware are seen to impact device performance but still, they don’t inherently impact the stability and performance of the OS. High-end devices do not suffer from significant crashes and freezes.
Android does not look same on all phones.
People on forums keep arguing and complaining about the multiple looks & feels of Android OS across different devices but they forget that Android is an open source OS. Being open software, it can be customized to look completely different, for example Amazon’s Kindle fire runs a custom version of Android called Fire OS. The true beauty of Android is its diversity and people are free of use a wide range of phones and looks & feels of the OS. This is just not possible with iOS smartphones. With iPhone and iPad, you have very little freedom to customize your devices even after spending hundreds of dollars. In fact why should we argue about all Android devices to look same? Do we look same?
Good apps aren’t launched first on Android.
This isn’t also true that good apps first arrive on iOS and then on Android. It has been an assumption of early days when there was iOS leading the market but now believing that good apps aren’t launched first on Android isn’t justified. Many app developers now prefer to create Android and put all their efforts in creating high-quality apps for Google’s OS. This is because Android phones are used by a large number of users.
As of current market scenario, an app is launched either by developers themselves as their venture / start-up or by a business as an enterprise tool. It arrives on both iOS and Android at the same and updated on similar schedules. In case an app is first launched on iOS and second on Android and vice versa, there remains a very shorter lag between the two.
Now if someone argues that many apps never arrive on Android then many apps do not also arrive on iOS after being launched on Android. Many apps are deliberately created to well-suit Android and wouldn’t be useful for iOS or other platforms.
You are bounded to use Google services to use Android phones.
One of the most discussed myths about Android is that you have to use Google services Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Maps and several others if you want to use an Android device. But it’s also not true. These services are useful not only in Android phones but also in other ones too; however, you are free to not use them. You can even use the device without signing in with a Google account but in that case, you will not be able to access the Play Store and download apps. It’s compulsory to sign in with a Google account to use the Play Store.
But if you want apps without signing in to Google account, you have third-party app stores as alternative to the Play Store.
Android phones must need a task killer.
A lot of arguments also keep floating around discussion forums that using task killer apps are compulsory in Android devices to enhance their performance. But many people experienced the real performance when they uninstalled task killer apps. Also, they never used any task killers because they never missed them again.
In fact, new phones come with inbuilt task killers which means we do not actually any third party apps.