We’ve all heard too many myths about Android. Some more believable than others.
At Raptor, we love Android, especially on a rugged smartphone. But in a mobile world where customers have been used to just one option in the past, dealing with multiple OS options means you hear a lot of myths, inaccurate facts and sometimes some plain untruths about Android.
If you are considering buying an Android device and you’ve been using Windows Mobile or Apple’s iOS, read on. I wanted to set the record straight on the most common myths about Android I hear day to day so you can rest assured that you are buying one of the best mobile OS’s out there.
Google steals all of your data!
This is probably the most common myth we hear. It is true that for a typical smartphone you have to create a Google account to get anything like 100% out of the handheld you just bought, but you can opt out of a lot of things like GPS tracking.
For business customers you can buy rugged smartphones like our Raptor R5 that can have the play store removed completely, leaving your device completely unattached from Google. Just to put this into perspective, if you go over to Apple and check out the iOS terms and conditions, you’ll find out that they steal a lot more than Android does. Microsoft Windows is even worse!
Android is insecure.
Part of this argument is connected to the above point as business customers who had used Windows Mobile for years were not used to suddenly having to connect their devices to Google.
However, the other part of this was to do with the security of the WiFi when they merged the 2 versions of Android together at v4.0. The WiFi did not have the correct security protocols installed at the time due to the hardware specs. However, a quick update sorted that out quickly. But it seems some never let go.
Android is big and slow.
To be honest, Android stock ROMS we build here are under 1GB, leaving plenty of ROM memory. And whenever we put a new version of Android on our kit, they get quicker, not slower. As Apple, Microsoft, and others, all use different OS and hardware specs, it’s hard to get a comparison.
Nonetheless, Android runs on the best hardware specs available, whereas the others require specific specs to run, which are older and less powerful.
Android has too much “bloatware”.
Bloatware is a symptom of the hardware manufacturer. So on a Samsung, who are notorious for bloatware, you’ll get countless of useless apps that you can’t uninstall. Although, in the business world it’s easy to get a lovely clean, pure Android experience.
You can look at Google’s own Nexus and Pixel range which installs only the purest Android onto them. Or look for a rugged smartphone like a Raptor that has no bloatware and as near to Nexus OS as possible.
There are no apps available for Android.
Believe me or not, we still hear this quite a lot. Android has by far the largest app store, with more developers working for it than any other rival. This myth is true nonsense in 2017.
Android is fleeting and will fail.
From all the myths about Android we’ve heard, this is the most inaccurate. Android is now the most popular operating system, which includes desktop Windows, and it accounts for about 85% of total mobile devices. It’s based on LINUX, which has not only been around for years and creates an established, robust platform for Android; but there are also all kinds of Android/LINUX and Java based platforms springing up in IOT, machine learning and VR. So, Android has one of the best chances of not failing of any Mobile OS I know of.
Android is not great for business or Enterprise users.
This one is common, due to customers hearing about the myths above, and also because enterprise customers fear the “Roadmap”. Let me tell you something. Android has an open, well-earned road map of development where it exposes and publishes its version data on a quarterly basis. This means you can choose which versions to run and when to change. You can find this at Android’s dashboard. Android also makes porting apps as easy as possible and is a dream compared to Windows Mobile.
Apple is stonewalled proprietary technology that’s very good, but they do have a habit of changing when they feel like it.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has 1.6% of the market including their Lumia sales and no one knows what they are doing right now. That’s risky for your business, in my opinion.
You can’t lock Android devices down.
This is totally untrue!
A few years back this was possibly true. But nowadays, all of the MDM and KIOSK providers have active Android versions that can do way more than you could ever do on Windows Mobile devices.
Android won’t run data capture elements such as barcode scanners.
I was involved in some of the very first ports of Android to rugged Windows Mobile devices and maybe yes, in the days of v2.3 of Android we struggled. However, Android’s “intent” system means it is inherently able to share data from any application. So when it comes to built-in barcode scanners, it’s a matter of a few lines of code to get these integrated into your own app or use the built in wedge app they have.
Also, NFC which is RFID is built right into the OS itself and isn’t a bolt on like on Windows Mobile making your apps more portable between hardware.
Android limits the hardware you can choose if you want a rugged smartphone.
Again, maybe 3 years ago this was true. However, nowadays there’s a new rugged Android handheld coming out of China every day.
Also, if you look at the classic rugged brands like Interment and Motorola/Zebra, you’ll see that all they have released in the past 2 years are Android handsets, with only very few manufacturers having a new Windows 10 option.
What other myths about Android have you heard? Comment below and let us know!