5 Android myths

When it comes to any popular product or idea there exists half-truths, rumors and lies which later become myth. Android is not an exception to this phenomenon. According to the latest IDC estimates, Android accounts for 80% of the world market in its field. Delighted analysts sometimes say the dominance of this operating system will be eternal and there are billions of reasons for this. Some people, however, share common myths about Android that we debunk in this article.


1. Android is difficult to understand

Perhaps the roots of this view lie in words spoken a few years ago by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer:

“You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone, but you do to use an Android phone.”

The idea that the Android system is not intuitive or that you have to study it at length to understand its special features makes no sense at all. Most people have moved on to using an Android phone from a standard phone. The platforms we used before were packed with sophisticated and multilayered hidden menus and options. Compared to these phones, Android is unusually intuitive and every new version of it is easy to understand. The very idea that Android is too complex is just insulting to the average user. There are no significant differences in complexity between Android and any other major mobile platforms.


2. Android needs a task-killer

It used to be that people would download popular apps for removing tasks from phone memory ⎼ there are a lot of these apps. Then people started wondering: does a task-killer really help save battery power and boost smartphone performance?

There are many arguments against the use of task-killer apps. Users have noted that uninstalling these apps have actually resulted in longer battery life and improved device stability.


3. Malware codes threaten your phone

Fear from online viruses seems just as prevalent as fear of the dark. Of course, malicious code exists for most popular mobile platforms but for the average Android user, it’s safe enough. There’s nothing difficult about protecting your phone from possible threats to its security. Every app installed on Android asks your permission for actions it can perform. It’s up to you to decide whether or not to install the app.

If you are in any doubt, don’t install any suspicious applications. The independent security institute AV Test regularly updates its report on the best options when downloading apps to your phone, most of which are free. Do not install applications on an Android device from anywhere except Google Play, as most malicious codes come from third-party applications. You can significantly reduce your risk by not installing new and untested apps, instead using apps that have many reviews and downloads. The same advice can also be applied to web browsing. Do not follow suspicious links or open suspicious email attachments and do not use the root mode (administrator mode) of your phone.

Eric Schmidt once noted with subtle irony that Android is safer than the iPhone, but users are the weak link in such a wonderful platform. After all, if a user prefers to avoid security levels provided by Android then they make a choice in favor of risk.


4. Android is the same on all phones

You can sometimes find complaints from people who own budget versions of smartphones about how awful Android is. Google, of course, is working to improve and optimize its mobile platform. But many questions rest on the hardware. In cheap phones, the manufacturer sometimes installs its own user interface and then operators inflate the system with their software “stuffing”. All this is a superstructure over Android, not the operating system itself.


5. Android slows down and crashes more often than competing platforms

At the dawn of its journey, Android was criticized as a “brake” platform and it’s been considered that ever since. It is said that Android applications crash more often than other platforms but all mobile platforms sometimes slow down and fail. Android behaves this way after a significant update because application developers simply do not have enough time to adapt to changes and bugs in their programs.

It may seem surprising to a dedicated follower of any platform, but many users encounter crashes. Complaints of Android’s alleged complexity should be blamed on cheap hardware. Weak hardware, custom interfaces from the phone manufacturer plus add-ons from the service provider are all factors that have a negative. So it has no direct relation to Android itself. Good smartphones and tablets using Android do not see more complaints about hang-ups and failures than devices based on other platforms. It should be especially emphasized: a “good” device is not always equal to the one “stuffed” by the most powerful hardware.

Android smartphone platforms are simple, but despite the special role that the iPhone played in the history of high technology, Android has its own mission: to provide smartphones to multiple users. Users for whom the phone is not an object, but a tool in which to communicate and get information from the Internet. It is hard to believe that mobile phones began their journey just three decades ago.


Based on the story of Simon Hill (Android Authority).

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