Is Android also a Walled Garden?

The openness of the system is often praised as one of the main reasons for Android enthusiasts. You can install apps not only from the official store (Google Play) but also from other sources. But isn’t that like running a Windows computer without a virus program? Try to teach a person who really doesn’t know anything about smartphones (except how to take photos, write messages and make phone calls) how to install an app from a source other than Google Play….

Android and the Fragmentation Problem

Guess what one of Android developers’ biggest problems is! Well, guess what? It’s the fragmentation! And who’s fault is it? Google? Nope, the manufacturers! Just recently the latest data, the current version distribution came out and the (almost) latest version Android Oreo 8.0 was just 0.5%. This is one of 200 Android smartphones running Android Oreo?! Google can no longer be accused of doing anything about the fragmentation, the slow spread of newer Android versions.

I'll Buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 when it get's Oreo

Yes, I will really get my money together and buy this device when it has received the Oreo update, even if it is after Christmas. I’m kinda a Xiaomi fan, even if I don’t have any device by this Chinese brand. All I have from them is a cheap pair of headphones (but with an amazing quality for the price tag) and a backpack. I’m in love with the backpack! Not just, because it looks good but because it’s quite a good quality.

Go, Android Go!

Since Google I/O this year we know about Android Go. An optimized system for low-end smartphones with RAM up to 1 GB. Packed with a slimmer Android version and the Go variants from all the Google apps. Google finally made it. They released the Android Lite version a.k.a Android Go. They realized their system isn’t made for the cheap phones and they need to fix this problem, because you know - not everyone wants to spend fivehundred bucks on a smartphone and not everyone can afford it.

Google, you are becoming an increasingly better Apple competitor

That was it, Google, the launch event, where there was really nothing that wasn’t already known from various leaks (which you did yourself). Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was clear, Google Home Mini, a larger Google Home and a new Pixelbook. Only I hadn’t heard of the pixelbuds before. And admittedly, you’re becoming an increasingly better competitor against Apple. Not only are the Pixel cameras the best cameras ever seen in a smartphone.