We love Android here, especially on a rugged smartphone but in a mobile world where customers have been used to just 1 option in the past dealing with multiple OS options now means you hear a lot of myths, inaccurate facts and sometimes some plain untruths about Android.  I wanted to set the record straight on the most common ones I hear day to day sp you can rest assured that you are buying one of the best mobile OS’s out there.

Google steals all of your data!

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 very own 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 then you’ll find out that they steal a lot more than Android does and Microsoft Windows is even worse!

Android is insecure

Part of this argument is from the above point, because 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 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.  Because Apple, Microsoft etc all use different OS and hardware specs its hard to get a comparison, however 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.  However in the business world to get a lovely clean, pure Android experience is easy.  You can look to Google’s own Nexus or soon to be Pixel range which installs only the purest Android onto them.  Or look for a rugged smartphone like a Raptor that has no bloatware and a near to nexus OS as possible.

There are no apps available for Android

Yes, believe me, we still hear this.  Android has by far the largest app store now with more developers working for it than any other rival.  This myth is truly “piffle!” in 2016.

Android is fleeting and will fail

Well it’s now the nost popular operating system full stop, that includes desktop Windows, 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

Usually due to customers hearing about the myths above, but also because enterprise customers fear the “Road map”.  Let me ask you this…Android has an open, well warned road map of development where it exposes and publishes its version data on a quarterly basis so you can choose which versions to run and when to change.  Go look at it right here.  Android also makes porting apps as easy as possible and is a dream compared to Windows Mobile.

Apple is stone walled 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 risk for your business in my opinion right there!

You can’t lock Android devices down

Totally untrue!

A few years back this was possibly true but today 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 is fine for Smartphones but it won’t run data capture elements like 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.  Easy peasy! 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 today there’s a new rugged Android handheld coming out of china every day.  Also if you look at the classic Rugged brands like Interment, Motorola/Zebra etc.  All they have released in the past 2 years are Android handsets, with only very few manufacturers having a new Windows 10 option.

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Dave's one of the founders of Raptor, his rants are memorable, his thoughts are stimulating and his heart is set on helping, entertaining and making things like mobile, Android, ruggedness, 3D printing and IOT simple.

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