Blog 33: October 24, 2020 at 00:30 am by @otto.magazin.eng
💬 I get asked a lot that why Stock Android is desirable, and that why companies add their own UI to Android?😊
Why don’t they just use stock Android instead? We’ll give you the full answer in this Blog!
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The main software I’d like to use the most is from Google.
Google made Nexus devices, followed by Pixel. And these devices use stock Android.
Devices that run stock Android come with Google apps only.
They don’t come with a UI.
Samsung used to have the Touchwiz, but then they changed it to One UI.
Huawei uses their own EMUI. Every company has their own UI.
Having a UI is strange, but there are rational reasons as to why they add it.
These reasons are as follows: 1- Marketing and loyalty.
Samsung’s own gesture makes you loyal to their devices.
Users enjoy the edge bar and use it properly.
You can edit the screenshot shortcut. Companies choose from tapping the screen, to swiping with 3 fingerings.
With this method, companies were able to add new features that are not available on stock Android.
Android gives access to other companies to edit it and add their own features.
For example, the Note comes with a Pen and its own features. The Pen only works with Samsung’s UI, whether Touchwiz or One UI.
If you install stock Android on the Note, the Pen will not work.
So, the first thing is to build loyalty with users, where they will enjoy the added features on stock Android.
These added features can’t be found with stock Android.
There are restrictions for Android apps modification. You can’t edit these apps on stock Android.
You are forced to use Google search for example. Google wants you to do what they want.
Phone manufacturers don’t only think of loyalty, but also they want to collect data.
When you use their apps, the company could collect data if you permit it.
It is really annoying sometimes, as you might have two calendar apps, one for Google and the other for Samsung.
The same thing applies to Huawei, where they come with 2 calendars, 2 browsers,
It is really annoying, but this means that both companies can collect data.
They can use these data for research and development or even sell it, depending on whether you are agree to it or not.
Having a UI and added features comes with a bill, in this case, you will not get updates frequently.
If you use stock Android , you will receive a security update every week.
These updates bring fixes. But if you are a Huawei or Samsung device, then updates will be late. Huawei is quicker than Samsung, but even though, you won’t receive the update whenever it is availale.
Nokia uses stock Android, this means that their users receive updates before all other companies.
But their software doesn’t come with added features.
The Nokia Pureview 9 comes with 5 cameras. But because of the stock Android, these cameras don’t work to their full potential.
But it there was a Nokia UI, these cameras would perform better. Anyway, UI adds more depth.
Some companies try to avoid adding a UI, but they are forced to.
They want to build loyalty using the features they add to users.
OnePlus have their own Oxygen OS. It adds new features to Android like sound muting, shortcuts and others.
OnePlus users are loyal to the company because of these shortcuts and features.
It is similar to Huawei’s knocking on the screen to take a screenshot and Samsung’s edge display.
Some phone manufacturers add lots of features, like Xiaomi.
Their UI is full of bloatware that are annoying, so, some users install Nova launcher to change the UI.
Xiaomi are known to add lots of bloatware to their devices.
I just mentioned bloatware. It started from PCs, where companies add software to the computers to manage the CPU.
But there are also software from Intel to manage the CPU.
These apps are bloatware.
This is very annoying on Xiaomi devices and other computers.
You’ll have to versions of the same app. But there’s a positive side to bloatware, as there are apps that can do things the phone alone can’t do.
For example, gaming devices come with great bloatware apps to manage the RAM, storage, notifications in order to give you the full capacity of the device.
It is still bloatware, but it is not annoying as others.
Where is there Stock and modified Android?
It is for marketing, loyalty, added features that are installed with the UI by the manufacturer.
Unlike Google devices, where users enjoy a full Google experience, but without added features.
The apps on the Pixel give the user a full experience, but other than stability and frequent updates,, there are no added features.
This might not be great for all users, thougy. Some users don’t care if there is a UI or not.
What’s important is that the phone works properly and receive updates frequently. Unfortunately, some users don’t update their software.
Users care about a smooth experience with the device.
Check your friends’ devices and ask your friends if their devices run Android or iOS.
And when they ask, ask them what version are they running. Few of them will know the answer.
UI and stock Android are great. Manufacturers make the difference.
Participate in the poll and let us know what’s your OS version?
This is the end of this article, See you later.👋