5 Myths About Android You Shouldn’t Believe

5 False Myths About Android You Shouldn't Believe

Since Android is an open-source operating system, it’s open to a lot of misconceptions. It may seem like a lie, but despite the things that the operating system has accomplished, there are still some that don’t trust it because of those false myths.

It’s true that 2G does use less power than 3G, but constantly changing between the two will consume a lot of your device’s battery. The best thing you can do is stick with one and take the necessary precautions to save battery.

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Many users think that Android is just too complicated and that they will have a hard time getting the hang of things. Steve Ballmer’s 2011 words didn’t help when he said that you have to be a computer scientist to use an Android device. Time has proven that Ballmer was wrong because Android would not be as popular as it is today if you had to be a computer scientist to use it. The key is to start with simple tasks first, and once you have mastered that move onto more complicated things, but never try to do something you are simply not ready for. If you do run into something you can’t figure out, I’m sure it’s not anything a simple Google search or a tutorial or two can’t fix.

We have all come across arguments about whether task killers are needed or not, but the truth is that they may actually be hurting your device. Task killers only tell you how much memory they are freeing up and don’t tell you the number of CPU cycles the app uses. What’s important here is the CPU and not the memory since it’s the CPU that makes your device slow as s snail. You will actually be slowing down your Android device with these task killers since some of the apps you kill will start back up again, using your device’s CPU.

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Android is not a synonym for malware. It’s an open source platform, but that doesn’t mean that you will be infected with malware the first five minutes of you starting to use it. Android is secure enough, but there are some things you will need to do (or don’t do) to prevent your Android device from being infected with malware. When you download an app and feel that it’s asking for too many permissions, say no to it and try to find another app that is not too noisy. Always try to download your apps from Google Play Store and try to install a trusted security app. Don’t click on shady email or links while navigating.

You may have also heard that Android crashes and lags more than the competition. In the beginning, Android did lag, but which system didn’t, right? When using Android you are more likely to encounter crashes and lags right after downloading a new build of an app or after getting a new version of Android. Android 6.0 is still in its early stages, and a lot of users have reported issues, but you can bet that it’s not going to stay like that forever. The updates will come, and the lags and crashes will disappear.

The main factors as to why your Android device has these problems is because of excessive manufacturer customizations to the software, not enough hardware power, and poorly optimized third-party apps. But, if you are using a device with enough power and apps from the right sources, you should be fine.

As you can see, it is not Android itself that crashes and lags, but certain external factors are to blame. If we follow the expert’s advice, there is no reason why we shouldn’t enjoy a nice and fast Android device. Don’t forget to give the post a share, and let us know what other myths you have heard about Android in the comments.

10 comments

  1. “Steve Ballmer’s 2011 words didn’t help when he said that you have to be a computer scientist to use an Android device. ”
    Nobody ever accused Ballmer of being the sharpest tool in the shed. :-)

    • Hi Dragonmouth,
      Ha ha ha, that´s a good one and you´re right now that I think of about it. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  2. About myth #4: Android IS Malware City. Adware=Malware. ’nuff said.

    Of course, there are ways around this, but you need to ‘break’ your phone a.k.a. taking full ownership of it.

    • Hi Chris,
      I totally respect your opinion, but still I don´t think Android is malware city if you know what to do and what not to do. My phone is not rooted and it´s malware free. =-) Thanks for commenting.

      • Glad I piqued your interest ;) Indeed you are totally right, and that is the beauty of Android, by the very fact it is based on open source software, it is quite easy to liberate yourself from the corporate imposed constraints that have only one goal, to limit your choices and maximize control and profits at your expense if you “know what to do”. Some simple modifications to some system files is all that’s needed to unshakle your rightfully owned device and indeed, one doesn’t even need to stay rooted afterwards :)

        The problem is, it shouldn’t have to be this way, Freedom shouldn’t have be be fought for, slavery is plain wrong and shouldn’t be the standard people have come to accept nowadays.

        Thanks again for the opportunity to comment, it’s much appreciated.

        • Hi Chris,
          Welcome back! You are so right. It shouldn´t have to be this way, but if we want to enjoy their devices, I guess we have no choice but to play by their rules. Instead of free Willy, they should free Android, ha ha. =-) Thanks again for commenting and don´t forget to keep coming back for more useful posts.

  3. Great article. I particularly like when you mention only using what you need and then grow from there. I find Android super easy and fun and I just love being able to tweak anything I want. If I don’t want to then great – I played with a friend’s iPhone and was struggling from the start, not because it was complicated but because I couldn’t change the way I wanted to use it. Anyway, an extra thing to note I have found is the better battery saving technique is to turn off data with a switch (turn it on when needed and then back of when not.

    • Hi Skoobie,
      Thanks. I´m glad you liked it. Like I said in the article, learn the basics or what you need when you need it and there will be time later on for the more complicated stuff. I completely agree with you on the iPhone part and thanks for the battery saving tip. Don´t forget to keep coming back for more useful tips! =-)

  4. I actually salute to you for giving us such a wonderful infomation. according to me, if we turn on “restrict background data”then phone will consume less battery. for that option go to the setting>data usages>restrict bacground data.

  5. Hi Titas Shil,
    Thanks for your comment and for the tip on consuming less battery. I´m glad you liked the information. =–)

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