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5 Things I Really Hate About Android

Eric McBride
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Here at AndroidPIT, we naturally write a lot about all the things we love about Android. Obviously, we love Android phones, tablets, the logo, Google...pretty much everything to do with Android. I personally have owned over 7 Android phones and am on my second tablet, and I can confidently say that I know my way around this OS. I really really love what this operating system is capable of, and I have more or less been with it since the beginning days of the G1. With that being said, there are some things that I really HATE about Android as well, and just for a change of pace, I thought I would share 5 of those things with our readers (in no particular order).

Payment methods for buying apps

So I got the first Android phone, (HTC Dream aka T-Mobile G1) back in 2008, and the Android market has definitely improved. But how is it possible that almost 4 years later that you can still ONLY pay with a credit card? Not everyone has credit cards Google. Look how many options you have to purchase apps on the Apple market (or even Amazon for that matter), and then ask yourselves why sales are much lower on Google Play. No Paypal or support for gift cards yet? No excuse for that.

Apps can only be bought & sold in certain countries

Google wants to become a global player when it comes to Android's integration with Google Play, but they often seem to miss covering the basics. Again, how in the world is it possible that in 2012 only certain countries are allowed to actually sell apps? And to make matters worse, in many countries, buying paid apps still isn’t possible. How can this be? This is not only irritating, it’s simply not fair to owners of devices in those countries, and not only does it cheat them, it also takes potential profit right out of Google’s pocket. Pretty silly Google.

Google Music, Books, And Movies only available in a few countries

This REALLY irritates me and a whole lot of other international Android users. I am originally from Florida, but have lived in Berlin Germany for the last 10 years, meaning I have never got to see any of the Google Play services. But last year when I had my iPhone 4, I didn’t have this issue, and if Apple can do it, Google certainly can. Here’s the breakdown of which countries have access to which services right now, which is so far not very promising:

  • US: Apps, Movies, Books, Music
  • UK & Canada: Apps, Movies, Books
  • Australia: Apps & Books
  • Japan: Apps & Movies
  • Others: Apps

To get the best overall experience AND receive timely updates, I still have to root my device

Don’t get me wrong..I LIKE rooting my devices. The problem is that in doing that, I see all the things that Google and Android OEMs simply aren’t getting right. How is it possible that developers on XDA and RootzWiki are SO MUCH FASTER at getting Ice Cream Sandwich on devices than Google and carriers are? How is it possible that in order to get the fastest and smoothest experience that I still need to root? For those of you saying that it’s not true, I can assure you that out of the many phones and tablets I have, rooting will 9 times out of 10 GREATLY increase performance. Are XDA Developers better than Google’s and OEM engineers? 

The fact that I have friends with unrooted devices that literally had to either wait half a year for an update, or even worse, find out they won’t get an update when they were originally told that they would is just horrible. There are multiple parties at fault for this, but this system really needs to change. Hopefully, when every OEM has their own Nexus device, this situation will change for the better.

Support for “older” devices is HORRIBLE

Ever get an Android phone, and then like a year and a half later find out that support for it will be dropped? There’s always some lame OEM excuse along the lines of “the devices hardware limits us from updating to ICS”, ect ect. Then ironically you go XDA to see that Cyanogen or another great developer has updated the phone that supposedly couldn’t be updated to the newest version of Android? I’ve had it happen twice on phones I have owned, and now I have learned to put very little faith in OEMs when it comes to Android updates. A year and a half isn’t old. It might not be current or recent, but it certainly isn’t old.

Those are 5 of the things that I really hate about Android. I’m sure there are more, but these 5 came to me without having to wonder about it for long.

P.S - I could certainly list WAY more things that I like and love about Andy, but you already knew that :-D

What about you guys? What are some things that you dislike about Android? Don't be shy!!!

Picture credits: s3.hubimg.com (edited by myself)

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  • Ti Mo May 29, 2012 Link

    I hate that we have a lot less apps than ios. Well a lot less good apps. ios has so much more good games and apps, and they usually get apps that are made for both android and ios earlier.

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  • Richard M. May 29, 2012 Link

    I'm in Ontario, Canada and I have a Kobo Vox ereader & just purchased an Asus Transformer Prime you would think either of my tablets would get just about everything eh!.......well think again if it wasn't for this site AndriodPit and another one based outta B.C. Canada called Good E Reader which by the way was the site that I found your app store on I wouldn't have 90% of the stuff I have today....you nailed it bud.

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  • headshrinker May 29, 2012 Link

    I agree. Great post.

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  • Eric McBride May 29, 2012 Link

    Thanks guys! Glad I'm not the only one who sees these issues. 3rd party marketplaces are some of the only choices that many have, especially if they don't have credit cards or live in countries with no support. And I also agree about the IOS apps. We get great apps on Android, but IOS gets PREMIUM apps a lot faster than we do. That has to do with how much $$$ devs make on Google Play, and so far, its pretty easy to see why IOS and the Amazon App store are making a lot more money for developers.

    Hopefully, Google I/O this year brings some solutions to these issues. Fingers crossed!

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  • Ti Mo May 29, 2012 Link

    Well not many people know about 3rd party app stores or would trust them(except for amazon)

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  • bits May 29, 2012 Link

    1million times support on this one -;)

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  • Eric McBride May 29, 2012 Link

    @TiMo - very true! I would also love to use the Amazon app store, but here in Germany you cant! We can't even get the free paid app (or any app) over here! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    @Bits - Thanks bud! :-D

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  • headshrinker May 29, 2012 Link

    Now, is there a way for us to let them know about this? I leave that to AndroidPit. :-) This is probably one of the best posts from this website.

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  • Eric McBride May 29, 2012 Link

    Thanks man! I'm glad you enjoyed it :-)

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  • Cam charles May 30, 2012 Link

    i might itemise my thoughts on this, im sure nobody cares but anyway lol

    1- i wonder how many more people paypal would actually bring to the table, im sure there are countries out there where paypel is the only viable option but in most of the places where you can actually buy apps, "pre-paid" credit cards are prevalent enough to negate the need for paypal - or am i delusional on that prevalence?

    2-3: are my biggest annoyances with android and many many many ...many other services, in this day and age there it just no reason not to have 100% globalisation (excluding silly places like china etc etc), sure there are laws and such like movie rights to content with but with the internet and an already established global business (and billions of $) theres no excuse - australia has movies now btw

    4+5: 5 is soved by the solution to 4, and this is my old cry of google laying down the law regarding updates and android device life-cycles, solves 4 for the obvious reasons and solves 5 because with a set lifecycle manufacturers cant bail on devices 2 days after they come out in a twisted attempt to have us to drop them and buy the next big thing

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  • Vladimir Lavrnić Jun 1, 2012 Link

    Excellent post. Not much to add without repeating so I will emphasize

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  • Vladimir Lavrnić Jun 1, 2012 Link

    (continued)
    App. and other items unavailability. If Google can explain the reasons it would be easier for us.
    App. quality. Somehow most of the similar apps looks and works better on IOS.
    Why rooting is noj

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  • Vladimir Lavrnić Jun 1, 2012 Link

    (continued 2)
    Why rooting is not just advanced option...

    So as you said this can continue. I am from time to time thinking how Android syst

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  • Vladimir Lavrnić Jun 1, 2012 Link

    (continued 3)
    ...Android system would look like if Steve J. designed it :).
    Ende.

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  • Eric McBride Jun 1, 2012 Link

    Thanks for your input guys! Im glad you enjoyed reading it!

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  • Ed I. Jun 1, 2012 Link

    Can someone give me an URL of a good website explaining me all the steps to root my HTC Desire HD, and also for my Asus Transformer Prime? Thanks!

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  • Eric McBride Jun 1, 2012 Link

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1412

    They also have a HTC Desire HD section.

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  • Ed I. Jun 1, 2012 Link

    Great, Eric... thanks!

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  • Guest Account Jun 2, 2012 Link

    > Not everyone has credit cards.

    Sheezesss. They are 100% free. Get one today.

    I haven't paid a single fee... or interest penny... in all 7 years of my credit card use.

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  • Eric McBride Jun 2, 2012 Link

    @Guest - Consumers like choices and shouldn't HAVE to do anything. Customer is king.

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