At the moment, Android rules the cell phone industry. More than 80 percent of smartphones sold worldwide are powered by Google's powerful Android OS, leaving the two closest OS competitors - Apple and Microsoft - comfortably in the dust. Some of the most popular smartphones on today's market are powered by Android. Being an open-source operating system, more apps are available for download on the Google Play marketplace than for any other type of mobile device.
However, Android did have problems when it first launched. The OS wasn't as streamlined as Apple's operating system, and users experienced frequent crashes. Android phones are often cheaper than competing phones, which allowed Android phones to be associated as the cheap alternatives of the smartphone industry. Look at the data, though, and it's clear that Android phones are at least on par with anything else on the market. Here are five of the biggest myths that still persist about Android phones.
A great thing about the Android OS is it's easily customized to offer unique experiences on different models of Android phones. If you put a Samsung phone and a Motorola phone side-by-side, you'll see immediate differences in the layout and presentation of the Android interface. However, the methods for using these different interfaces remain the same, allowing Android users to shift from one phone to the next without needing to learn anything new. This versatility allows Android users to choose the phones that best fit their interface preferences.
When the Android OS first launched, many consumers complained about interface lag, program freezing, random phone shutdowns and other annoying technical problems. That was years ago though, and at a time when fledgling Android phones were being compared to highly polished (and established) iPhones. Now, there are no measurable stability differences between Android, iOS or Windows phones. That's largely because the latest smartphones have superior hardware, and adequate hardware is crucial for the smooth performance of an operating system. The Android OS has also had plenty of time to evolve, so bugs that existed before are no longer present.
When used properly, Android phones are just as secure as anything else on the market. Malware is a problem regardless of what kind of phone you use, but it's only a significant threat when you download shady apps or do things with your phone to circumvent restrictions put in place by Android. User permission is required for any app installed on Android phones, allowing people time to review what they're about to put on their phones. There are also numerous Malware diagnostic and removal tools available for free on the Google Play store, and these apps are all reviewed and certified as safe.
From the get-go, Android offered more customization, apps and interface options than iOS, the former industry leader. This allowed critics to label Android as being clunky or overly complicated. The negative branding about complexity was emboldened by early performance issues with the Android OS. However, the Android OS has been streamlined over the years without sacrificing the flexibility and versatility that made it valuable in the first place. Today's Android OS is just as simple to master as the OS for other types of phones. In fact, more people are using Android because they feel less restricted.
An old, obsolete rule of smartphones is to stop processes that aren't in use in order to prolong battery life. While halting processes may extend battery life in some phones, doing so makes very little or no difference in the newest smartphones. In fact, a study by Lifehacker showed that stopping processes - even when they're not in use - can actually disrupt the stability and performance of your phone. The Android OS doesn't include a task killer as Apple's iOS does, but this is no longer a factor worth caring about. What's more important is using reputable apps that won't infect your phone with Malware; which, coincidentally, leads to our next myth about Android phones.