Having spent a very long time using smart devices and writing content about smart devices, there is an overarching feeling of everything being a bit rubbish.
From numerous bugs and glitches to lazy code writing preventing cool features from operating properly, no mobile operating system is sadly without fault.
And so, in a desperate plea for developers to remedy these issues, here’s 5 reasons why Android sucks (to soon be followed by 5 reasons why iOS sucks).
5. Updating is awful
I own a Nexus 6, so updates aren’t a huge issue for me. I get them almost as soon as they come out and get to “enjoy” them in minutes.
This isn’t the case for most handsets, however: as manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony bog down their Android releases with completely unnecessary and ugly looking skins and bloatware, it’s harder for them to release updates as fast as they receive them.
No, they have to update their terrible proprietary software first so that they can still stay in control of the user’s experience rather than giving them the reigns.
This leads me on to the next point…
4. Manufacturers are awful
Before dedicating myself to using pure stock I owned an Xperia phone. It was horrible.
Nevermind the deep, unavoidable Facebook integration to everything, or the fact that the entire system theme had, for some reason, been re-written to fit their desired colour scheme; the real problem was just how poorly it ran as a result.
I installed a clean, stock ROM and the performance shot right up.
This isn’t exclusive to Sony’s Xperia range of phones, either: the Samsung series has an onslaught of terribly coded apps and skins to keep you fighting with your phone rather than just using it.
The success of Motorola in recent years has largely stemmed from how vanilla their version of Android is, so why aren’t other companies following suit?
Here’s the fix: give us Android, not Samsung-enhanced-super-duper-bloated-laggy-enhanced-Android™
3. Updates are awful
Following on from the first thing on this list, updates, too, are generally awful.
Anyone on Android 5.1.2 knows exactly what I’m talking about: volume randomly dropping even though it’s set to max, devices crashing sometimes when WiFi is turned on (subsequently clearing your entire saved networks database), inaccurate battery percentage displaying resulting in the phone dropping from 10% to 0% in seconds… the list goes on.
Google. If you don’t want people to jump ship, make sure that your updates don’t break more than they fix. I’m almost entirely sure that you have the resources to actually test your releases before shipping them to millions of handsets, so why aren’t you?
2. Google Play is awful
Google Play has no quality control, whatsoever. That’s a fact.
Sure, if an app is malicious it’s removed within a few weeks, and yeah there are 1000s of reviews on the majority of apps so that you can know before downloading whether something is good or not, but it doesn’t solve the crucial issue that developers don’t seem to care about Android.
There’s more rubbish than there is good. There’s more advert cash cows than there is genuinely nice experiences. This extends even to paid games and apps, which is just so wrong.
I don’t dislike advertising; I understand its place and how useful it actually is to developers and such, but it’s abused and exploited with little to no control and has twisted the Play store into being a minefield when looking for new apps.
Furthermore, nobody is paying £3.50 to watch a film once, right? Maybe they are, but I don’t understand it. Why do HD films cost as much as £3 more than SD films, too? They aren’t costing Google that much more to host.
1. Android is awful
When I say “Android” here I am referring to the actual system itself.
It’s slow, unresponsive and horrifically unsmooth. They’ve tried their best with Lollipop to push forward material design and the animations and etc are a nice touch, but it still doesn’t feel as nice as iOS or Windows Phone, and that’s a real shame.
Android, being based on Linux, is too powerful. There’s just too much going on. This means that it doesn’t feel like a complete and user friendly experience in the same way that competitors do, and it probably won’t ever.
I love Android, but sometimes you have to face the facts and own up to its many, many faults.