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The Major Drawbacks of Android

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The Major Drawbacks of Android

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While there are several Android phones loaded with gimmicky features, these smartphones still don't make the necessary cut. Initially, the moderate price paid for the various features might seem like a great bargain. But, with time and frequent usage, one will realize they never really ended up using the phone to its complete potential. When it comes to a smartphone, the aspects that really matter are: security, safety, speedy operations, powerful functionality, consistent experience, brisk performance and user-friendliness. Unfortunately, Android phones, thanks to their chaotic OS and messy app store infrastructure, are not up there yet when it comes to the bare essentials.

The following are some of the reasons why Android smartphones bite dust quite often:


Defects in Apps and Play Store

  • Not all the apps available in the store are compatible with the different levels or ranges of Android phones.
  • While there are several free apps for download, these tend to be replete with marketing material and advertisements, making the user experience jarring and intrusive.
  • App-crashing or forced closure is a norm with Android devices and staunch Android phone users have now gotten used to this flaw.

Device Defects

  • Overheating is a common issue with Android phones, especially when playing games loaded with heavy graphics or while indulging in hardcore productivity tasks. The overheating tends to be more prevalent during summers than winters. The heating issue not just mars user experience and handling, but it also hurts the phone's battery life.
  • Android is a very heavy operating system and most apps tend to run in the background even when closed by the user. This eats up battery power even more. As a result, the phone invariably ends up failing the battery life estimates given by the manufacturers.
  • Storage is also an issue, with most phones having minimal internal storage. Consequently, storing large apps, videos and files becomes an issue.
  • Adding a micro SD card can be a way out, but that move can hamper the phone's speed.
  • Regardless of the high-end specifications and model, Android phones are prone to lag as the ecosystem is not streamlined and integrated.
  • Data safety is another problem and the fear of losing data forever always hovers over users. While there are several apps that help backup data, none are tightly knit into the OS.
  • Due to cache buildup , the phone's operational speed and experience can reduce and cause severe lags.
  • Some phones tend to drastically lose efficiency if dozens of apps are installed.
  • The phone's efficiency is bound to take a hit as multiple programs run simultaneously in the background at any given time.

System Defects

  • Although seamless data connection is no longer a far cry on mobile phones, Android devices need uninterrupted Internet supply for its efficient functioning. Google is behind Android and the plethora of Google services on offer almost mandates seamless Internet connection.
  • While the many Google apps and services are quite useful, they are also very susceptible to hackers and their notorious plans. As a result, these applications get infected even before they get publicly released. In other words, most of the apps on the Play Store are plagued with malware.
  • The Android app store is open to every publisher. It's easier to get apps published in the Play Store as the space is not continuously monitored. Therefore, most Android apps are half-baked and also not malware-proof. This nullifies any innovativeness the apps have to offer.
  • Android's stability and reliability takes a hit due to the fact that there are several dozens of Android phones with varying specifications and hardware components. As a result, there arises the lack of compatibility between the OS and its hardware partners.
  • While Android's open-source nature makes it easy to customize any Android device, the same aspect also turns out to be a negative trait as hackers don't have to bang their heads for hours together to get through the system and play spoilsport.
  • Fragmentation - Google's Android mobile OS is fragmented, meaning not all Android phones run the same version of the operating system. For instance, Gingerbread, or Android 2.3 took nearly six months for it to be adopted by all Android devices. This was all courtesy Android's fragmented character.
  • Android OS is decentralized, or there's no apex governing body since the actual versions running on third-party devices are customized. This results in lack of support or assistance for users during glitches or grievances. 
  • Some updates relating to apps and the OS may happen by themselves, without seeking the consent of the user. This can hog up unnecessary memory space.
  • Android phones don't give administrator rights to its users. In other words, the device user cannot directly control what happens on the device, making one feel disconnected with the phone.

Smashing Android from all corners isn't the intent of this piece, and one has to agree it has its share of positives. Otherwise, it wouldn't have reached the popularity it has attained today. But, the fact that the applications aren't built specifically to run on certain devices makes it a less efficient and seamless system. For instance, iOS is created to run solely on iPhones. The same thing cannot be said about Android or its devices. This results in the various devices not interlocking with the OS, causing a truckload of unsolvable and grave issues.

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