Despite being the most popular operating system, Android has taken the burden of all the bad reputation. Time after time, it came into news for all wrong reasons. Here we have busted some myths surrounding Android and why it is justifiably the most wanted operating system.
Myth 1: Android has more crashes and lagging issues than iOS or Windows.
The android operating system runs as smooth as iOS or its other competitors and lags the same amount as them. We can say, only the first few Android updates faced some lags. But any operating system is tested based on trial and error. The issues identified and the bugs are fixed. One cannot expect it to perform its best from the beginning. The recent update of Android, Android 10 has come out more robust than its previous versions. Often, things that are responsible behind the lagging issues are the hardware problems and poorly built third party apps. Since iOS only runs on Apple mobiles that have standard manufacturing, they find fewer lag issues than Android running smartphones.
Myth 2: Android does not have a not user-friendly interface.
Rumors were spread by its competitors, defaming the operating system, stating it to be too complicated for new users. If this is so accurate, then logically, Android shouldn’t have been the wide-reaching operating system with more than 2.3 billion users around the world and 86%of the market share of the global mobile operating system. It surpassed Windows in 2017, securing the first position. As a matter of fact, people who switch to a different OS after using one OS for years will find some difficulty in operating the new system. Someone who is brand new to smartphones will find it less complicated. But with time, one is bound to learn and adjust.
So, Android was tested by users who were already acquainted with their old OS, found it to be complicated. This arrives from the time when most people around the world could afford an Apple iPhone. So when the more affordable Android O.S arrived, it was easily grasped and quickly gained popularity.
Myth 3: Android is full of Mal-ware.
Being an open-source does make Android prone to Mal-ware, but it does not conclude that whatever apps get downloaded will be loaded with Mal-ware. The problem has been faced in earlier versions until Google went an extra step to upgrade the security system. Android has now advanced with security patches and verification steps. Also, you will find a feature in Android phones that asks you for permission before downloading from unknown sources. So the download of malicious software largely depends on user behavior. Installing free apps from unknown sources that are not usually free has the potential to become malware. One should avoid downloading from such sources or simply go to settings and switch on the permission model.
Myth 4: You must have Google apps and services to run Android.
Though the Android operating system built by Google, it does give its users the freedom to choose the apps they want from other developers rather than imposing a bunch of their own. Now one might ask why an Android phone asks for Google Account Sign In when a new phone first run or a factory reset done. What you skipped to notice here is the ‘skip option’. After that, you can use a launcher to hide those Google apps. But why wouldn’t you want to have Google Maps, Play Store, Gmail, or Google drive? These are quite useful apps. Only Android users will understand.
Myth 5: It is compulsory to have task-killer apps on Android.
Firstly, one needs to understand what a task-killer app really does. It has two primary functions. One is to optimize speed by closing applications running in the background. The other is to clear the cache memory. These are just junk files that heap up with time as you use other applications, collecting data regarding user choices. They tend to occupy a large space of your phone memory if not cleared up regularly. Many Android systems will have in-built settings to do the job. It is not necessary to have a separate task-killer app. Though, they do come with one. Does that mean iPhone users don’t have to clear cache? No. iOS will also download junk files in the same manner and clog up the memory space. There’s no other option than to clear them.
Myth 6: Android apps are difficult to develop
Though coders can comment better, there are things we understand as lay-men. A developer has to create algorithms for an app to run seamlessly on various devices. Android OS functions on more than 4000 different devices with various screen specifications, unlike iOS where the devices are mostly uniform. In this respect, developers may have to face some challenges while building apps. On top of it, device manufacturers add their customization to stand apart. This sometimes interferes with the app performance. Still, most developers prefer a Goole platform to work with.
Myth 7: Android app market is not that happening
This is one is a clear myth that Android users will find funny. Android spoils it, users, with options to choose from more than 2.56 million apps on its app store making it the largest one-off all app stores. It crosses iOS by quite a margin as it has 1.85 million apps for iOS users. Some apps do arrive first on iOS as they prove to behave better functionality on the particular operating system. Android still outnumbers it.
To every glitch the world pointed out in Android, Google took them to positive feedback and took actions to remove the glitches and evolve it a better performing platform. In a lot of characteristics, Android might not be better than iOS, say for security or camera quality of devices, but it is in its growth path. We can’t deny Android is a complete package that has something for all. Its affordability and vast customization option are what makes it special.