WHY I HATE ANDROID
Oooooh, yes, the big dog. As much as I hate Apple for everything they do, I can never seem to grasp a liking for the Android operating system either. I don’t know why though, its a great platform with great potential. It just might be that I’m a perfectionist and Android is, well, not.
The first irritation I get from Android is the lack of polish. EVERYWHERE. What in the world was Google thinking when they released this? “I hope our consumers like slidehsows?” For one, and I’m sure many [should] know this buy now, but Android isn’t optimized. For anything. Single-core processors, dual-core processors, the different GPUs, various skins, etc. NOTHING is optimized to work fluidly. Ever wonder why your supposed top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy S2 has failed to achieve the same level of fluidity of a first-generation iPhone? Back in 2007? Even dual-core processors fail to mask this problem. And instead of fixing it, of which it is completely possible (look at Windows 7 running on various machines), Google hides behind the problem and lets OEMs take over and use the dual-core processors as a marketing ploy as well as covering their tracks.
Number dos on my list of inconveniences is the openness of the platform. Yes, I know, I praised it before, and now I seem hypocritical. But, the fact anything can be customized to a user’s liking is a bit disheartening. First off, you’ll see the poser tech junkies running around with what looks like a scrapyard of various OSes. I’ve heard an analogy a while ago, and I find it quite true. Think of the three mobile OSes (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) as the three social networking sites that are or were once popular (Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, respectively). iPhone is like Twitter in that it gets the job done, but outside of its intended purpose, cannot do much, without external support, or iPhone’s case, apps. Windows Phone is like Facebook in that it keeps a clean layout while giving you a multitude (but not all) options to tweak your Facebook and stay social. Myspace is Android in every regard. Some idiot out there will have a different everything, and in the end it’ll look like garbage. Like how some Myspaces were actually good and most were bad, the same applies for Android. The fact that Google relies on such openness to market their platform means that the core functions, such as the stock keyboard, stock media player, stock anything, don’t match up to alternatives found on the market. This is the equivalent of releasing a half-baked OS. Oh wait.
And last but not least, the gaping security holes present in Android. This is probably the first time I’ve actually heard of malware on a phone, and while Google has been working diligently at removing them entirely from the marketplace, they wouldn’t have had this problem to begin with if the openness was toned down just a tad. iPhone has malware, sure, but you don’t hear about it because it takes quite a bit of stupidity (or is it ingenuity?) to completely brick an iPhone. Android, on the other hand, isn’t that hard. Enable sideloading, sideload malware, and you’re done. For good.
Google, pull yourself together. This isn’t a children’s game. You might’ve just taken Apple right out of their throne, but who’s to say you won’t be beheaded when you can’t even manage your own kingdom?