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Android complaints: what sucks about Google's OS

We write about Android all day long, and spend hours on our smartphones and tablets, and though we love the operating system which gives us so much freedom and so many cool apps to try, there are just some things about Android that really get on our nerves. We asked around our editorial office what really irks editors about Android, and perhaps you can relate (or are appalled that we could even think these dastardly things about it).

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Paul Douglas: It annoys me that some really basic, necessary features are either buried or missing altogether from stock Android. For example, it takes a swipe and then three clicks to turn off auto-rotate. Crazy. And there's no equivalent to Samsung's Blocking Mode unless you download a third party app. That seems like a massive oversight.

Kris Carlon: I think Android should have a very simple backup option that is tied to a computer program that makes it super easy for everyone, no matter what level of tech knowledge, to fully backup everything or just the things they want. At this point in the game there really should be no excuse for people to lose their data because they don't know how to back it up properly. I'd also say the way Google is trying to squeeze out microSD expansion is a problem. Users love SD cards. Sure they may be insecure, but surely Google's engineering prowess is up to the task. If only they wanted to, that is.

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Nico Heister: Google may be a frequent pioneer when it comes to innovative features (for example Do not Disturb, adjustable Quick Settings and settings in general), but in terms of basic functionality, Custom ROMs and OEM skins are years ahead at times. This is especially true now that there are more and more devices running stock Android, this issue is becoming increasingly relevant.

Eric Herrmann: Thanks to its open nature Android is running on countless differing devices. Unfortunately the various OEMs aren’t all equally good at providing timely updates for their products. And if they do, they often build new mistakes into the system and end up negatively affecting user experience. These moments of frustration fire back at Android, as the customer says to themselves “What a crappy operating system. Next time it’ll be Apple!”. And unfortunately they are right to say so.

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Daria Lombardi: I don't like how Android is basically useless without the Google Play Services, and seems to be getting more and more Google dependent with the new update that is coming.

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Camila Rinaldi: My main problem with Android is the vague definition of backup and restore data, no one knows exactly what they will get after that and all the backups are so hard to do. It should be easy! When you do a factory reset or even a data wipe, this should erase all your data for real. Today the option (which only appears during initial setup) promises data backup and restoration, but takes sort of an all-or-nothing approach to app restoration, where tons of apps - generally including some you don't want - start an immediate restoration and this is annoying.

ANDROIDPIT France

Quentin Ducreux: I personally regularly have problems with the phone app, whatever version of Android, whatever ROM I use. To be more precise, I get random notifications of missed calls, or calls are refused for no apparent reason. Also, on Samsung only, the app crashes when receiving a call.

ANDROIDPIT Spain

Isabel Valencia: I guess the fragmentation and update policy bother me.

Toni Jularic: The fact that anybody can produce Android smartphones without quality control of hardware and software.

What do you think? Do you agree with our editors or do you feel the same? Share your Android complaints.

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  • Tom k 2 months ago Link to comment

    I recently upgraded my phone to a Samsung galaxy 6 edge+ , and it comes with an updated version of android. Well, the old android shows you what permissions the apps need BEFORE you install. The new one does not. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

    Oh, and Samsung, what is up with using my phone to show me advertisement after advertisement? Can you please not put all of this bloatware on my phone? Is it too much to ask? Get the F*** off my phone!!!!

    Here is what I have to say about that:

    Dear Android Greedy Executives,

    I hope you choke and die on those extra few dollars you make off people for those extra lame apps you get people to download. I WILL NOT BE DOWNLOADING ANY APPS out of curiosity or exploration like I use to before. THE ONLY APPS I WILL DOWNLOAD FROM NOW ON ARE THE ONES THAT I KNOW ARE NECESSARY.

  • I have a t-mobile branded Samsung Galaxy S5 just updated to Marshmallow Android 6 yesterday. Lollipop 5 was awesome ,it was all down hill from there .
    It was 5.1 &5.1.1 that made everything glitchy and every app froze here or there, it sucked .

    Marshmallow Android 6 So far glitch free and every thing is faster battery hard to tell maybe a bit better.

    What I don't like is:
    I have apps that do the same things, but are good for different reasons. Now it makes me select a default setting and takes my options away(frustrating) of picking what app I want to use , every time I have to clear default apps in settings to have that choice .
    This is very inconvenient in a big way!, the biggest thing in this mobile OS that's used the most why do this talk about a pain .

    At least its faster NOW .

  • !!!!

  • Hi I have a Samsung s5 on the os lollipop 5.0 which was recently updated from kit kat 4.4.2 and now my phone doesn'T want to charge through the wall charger but only through the USB cable on my laptop is there anything that can be done to sort out this issue beside downgrading the os??

  • I have 2 apps installed on my tablet and don't have enough room for an update. WTF is up with that!?

  • Why can't Google try out their updates before they ship them out? They really don't know what they're doing, last time I buy a Google phone ever.

  • MY HTC M7 just updated itself from kit kat to lollipop. I did not request the update and did not want it. Now several apps no longer work i.e. notes and wave2wake. I want kit kat back!!!!

  • Android lollipop 5.0 totally bricked my Nexus 7 (2012). Wifi disconnects, the tablet crashes and must be restarted. chrome is so slow it runs like molasses going uphill in January. I did apply all the workarounds which improved the device temporarily. The device continued to deteriorate with use. Clearing the cache helped a little. I did not root or customize the device. After dealing with these problems for three weeks I decided to side load 5.0.2 to the device. Guess what the usb port on the nexus failed to work even though it would accept a charge. I've had enough!! I've thrown the nexus away. I will never ever buy another Google device in the foreseeable future. I don't hate Android. Its still a good operating system as long as its managed correctly. Google did not not adequately test Lollipop. They own Android and should have done a better job. Now I understand why most of the phone carriers (U.S. Cellular, Samsung and so on) do not update android at all or wait until the bugs are out of Android. I'm done with Google. Maybe in a few years they will do a better job, but for now I'm staying away from Google devices.

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    Yanwyn Aug 29, 2014 Link to comment

    What "sucks" about Google's OS? Google is both a blessing and a curse for Android.

  • @Paul Douglas Can you tell me which third party apps can do the work of Samsung's blocking mode? I have a note 2 (on a touchwiz based rom) and I am thinking of trying cm11 but the only thing which is stopping me from doing so is the absence of blocking mode.

  • Test Boy Jul 24, 2014 Link to comment

    There is still no update from Android on the security perspective. Still apps tend to use more permission than it actually should. There is no monitoring for that? And latest updated on google play app doesn't seem to show the exact permission which it users.

  • Well, creepy people talking total crap here! Why are you so much stupid not to find a backul solution? There are alot for android. Either it be a titanium backup or a full nandroid backup, everything is in your control, both while backing up and restoring. even if you get a bootloop while tweaking your phone, you can backup all your data and with a small amount of knowledge you'll merge that data with a newly downloaded firmware and restore everything just the way it was. i've been modding my phone for almost a year or two and have created unnecessary amounts of soft-bricking my phone BUT mark my words, without even a pc, not even a single bit of data has gone missing. be it an apple, you'd end up throwing your phone in the store and watch your wallet get blank hopelessly. Android offers so much more that its too much control for rich n stupid people to have knowledge of. people know how to waste money on iproducts but don't ever try getting a bit advanced in android. android offers incredible things, not an apple. droid is the entire control in your hand and your imagination to play with, apple iphones are highly overpriced piece of brick :/

    • The thing is no one has the time to be looking for this apps, what they mean is native Android Backup app or system function, something realiable...

      • This was exactly my point. Sure, us Android nerds are fine but we make up a very small percentage of Android users. I simply want an easy option for everyone else so they don't have to take the rather wordy steps listed above to protect their data.

    • doomtomb Dec 29, 2014 Link to comment

      that's right dude, rich people are stupid and that's the reason they buy Apple. All the smart people should be like you, buy Android, and be poor :)
      While you are busy fussing around with the 19213 versions of backup solutions to find the best, the rich people are out there doing something and actually getting richer. So keep wasting your time on that stuff, we'll keep running the world.

  • Bojan M. Jul 23, 2014 Link to comment

    Well, most of these are just BS. I can't be bothered commenting on every opinion. In general, only Kris Carlon mentioned some relevant stuff.

  • Hi android kitket update we will coming lg g pro lite dual 4.4.2 in India

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