Following with our special on Google Android, in this article we will review the advantages and disadvantages of Google’s operating system over others, such as the popular iOS that powers all Apple’s mobile devices, or Windows Phone from Microsoft.
Advantages of Google Android
- The Android code is open (open source); thanks to this, anyone can make an application, which allows thousands of applications available for telephones, many of them free, thanks to their system. This freedom of code allows Android to adapt to many other devices besides mobile phones, such as tablets, gps, watches, microwaves, even the internet. Through these improvements are born improvements to the code for future versions without depending on manufacturers or operators. Similarly, being open source ensures that, in case of a bug or error, is detected and repaired more quickly when there is no legal obstacle to investigate inside or depend on anyone to request authorization to change.
- Android gives complete freedom to the owner of a terminal to install what he wants, either from Android Market as a separate executable (apk) not limiting the user’s freedom or imposing proprietary software to install music, files, documents directly from the USB cable as if it were an external disk. The same freedom has developers or companies being able to make applications or add-ons such as Flash, Opera or any other software without having to ask anyone for permission to offer it to users who can freely install it.
- Android does not choose a specific operator to impose the fact of hiring the user to enjoy it. This is because the development of Android is not sponsored by any operator, manufacturer or supplier. Android is freedom in all aspects allowing everyone to enjoy it being the operator that is.
- Actively encourages feedback. Android not only has the largest community worldwide developers but also the largest movement of these with many events, competitions, competitions and meetings as well as multiple communication channels such as forums and official chats to encourage participation and collaboration for find improvements and ideas for future versions.
- Being open and free, Android is completely customizable by users installing wallpapers, animations, widgets, skins or themes for manufacturers with the ability to create their own layers such as Motorola or HTC allowing some and others to customize or customize your phones in the best possible way and giving the user the most appropriate interface for his taste avoiding imposing a certain style or interface.
- Android has an intelligent multitasking system, capable of managing several applications open at the same time leaving in suspension those that are not used and closing them if they are already useless to avoid memory consumption. Just as in our daily lives we are forced to do several things at once, we can not afford to let our fatigue partner not have this very basic function.
- Another feature is access to app stores. Although Apple offers more programs, Android developers are not far behind, and despite having a slight disadvantage with the iOS, offer good options to users to install the widgets and programs that they like on their devices.
Disadvantages of the Android system
As it allows so many advantages, it also has several problems that we can mention.
- Allowing many open applications causes the battery consumption to skyrocket and to last much less than anticipated. This in the long run, means that the user must invariably have his charger at hand, with the consequent inconveniences of always needing energy. Depending on the phone, it can even last 6 hours, which means that it has to be charged more than once a day, precisely because of the large amount of activity required by this operating system.
- In addition, when an Android update is released, access depends on the manufacturer, which makes it possible for a response to take weeks or even months to adapt the new version to the user’s mobile. Several users have complained about this but it seems that for now, there are no major variations in this regard. On the other hand, due to the ‘opening philosophy’ of Android, this operating system is usually more prone to various vulnerabilities, and the appetite of various cybercriminals. It is no longer a secret that most malicious software is intended for mobile phones with Android.
- Other weaknesses are that Android is not intuitive, which makes it difficult to manage. There is also the fact that this system does not always close all its applications, which even requires downloading an application that closes open applications. Users regularly use the various applications, but they are still open no matter that we no longer want them. In the end, when you want to close them all, you realize that there are 15 or 20 open, which wears out the team.
It is important to mention that many of the statements written above can be subjective, and each user sees in different ways how advantageous it is or ceases to be a mobile operating system with respect to its competitors. In fact, there are classic discussions, often quite heated, between Android users and iOS users with respect to which of the two operating systems is the best. If after reading this article you disagree with some of the points, you are welcome to express your opinion through the comments.