The mobile universe is divided into two parts, iOS and Android. While iOS is limited to only Apple devices, Android is a very versatile operating system (OS) not limited by the demands of Google. Have you ever noticed that not all Android phones look and feel the same when using them? The User Interface (UI) of a Samsung phone is very different from a Motorola or Pixel, even though they all essentially run on Android.
This is because Android is an open source OS. The basic code can be used by anyone who wants to adopt it. Phone manufacturers take the liberty to modify the UI and add a few of their own features and app on top of Android. For instance, Samsung has a heavily-reskinned OS called TouchWiz. Other companies like Xiaomi, LG, Asus etc. also take the base Android code and customise it to their devices.
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What is Stock Android?
To sum it up, the Android you use on these smartphones is not the official one Google releases. Google phones like the old Nexus and the new Pixels run the pure Android with absolutely no third party UI layer. The official term for such pure and untouched version of Android is “stock Android”. It is the most basic version of Android coupled with Google’s standard apps like YouTube, Maps and Google Drive.
Having a phone with stock Android has a lot more benefits, which is why there’s such a demand for it that manufacturers other than Google launch special stock Android phones once in a while. Discover its benefits and you’ll definitely want your next phone to be a stock Android device.
It’s obvious that if your phone is topped with extra software, a heavy interface, and a bunch of additional features, it will be slower than a phone with no such frills. That’s why Nexus and Pixel have a reputation to perform superbly in comparison to phones with the same hardware.
Modified Android versions pre-install their own apps that in most cases are useless and take up storage space on your phone. Stock Android phones have no third party apps or their constant notifications, giving you more free space to utilise as you wish.
All stock Android phones are visually consistent. You know just exactly how the software looks and behaves. This makes it easier when you move to a phone made by a different maker (but is still stock Android) since the core feel is still the same. You won’t feel as disoriented as you would when you move from a Samsung to a Xiaomi as the UIs are completely different to use.
Whenever there’s a security flaw in Android, Google is quick to develop patches for it. However, it may take longer to roll out in devices with modified versions of Android. Manufacturers have to customise the update based on their own OS to make sure it’s compatible. All this wasted time can increase the security risk on the phone.
Every new Android update reaches a stock Android phone much faster than it would for everyone else. They don’t need to wait for manufacturers to modify and reskin Android for their phones. While most phones are getting the new Android 8.0 Oreo updated right now, all stock Android phones have been well-updated with all security patches and features the moment it was released.
If you want more control on your phone along with faster updates, consider a stock Android smartphone. Luckily, there are quite a few to pick from.
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