Android facts that are untrue (Myths).

Android is a mobile operating system based on LINUX. It is currently developed by Google. Android is primarily designed for mobile and tablet devices but with a little modification to the interface, it today provides support for smart watches, televisions and cars. Despite being primarily developed for touchscreen inputs, it’s being used in gaming consoles, digital cameras and PC’s.
 
 
Android is the most widely used mobile OS and, as of 2013, the highest selling OS overall. Android devices sell more than Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Mac OS X devices combined, with sales in 2012, 2013 and 2014 close to the installed base of all PCs. As of July 2013, the Google Play store has had over 1 million Android apps published, and over 50 billion apps downloaded. A developer survey conducted in April–May 2013 found that 71% of mobile developers develop for Android. At Google I/O 2014, the company revealed that there were over 1 billion active monthly Android users, up from 538 million in June 2013. – Wikipedia.
 
With much of a dominance, there are myths about Android that people actually believe. Some of them are
 
1. Google created Android:
Google owns Android but didn’t develop it initially. Android was developed by  Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White in Palo Alto, California in 2003 and later Google acquired Android Inc. on August 17, 2005. The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, released on October 22, 2008.
2. Android skins:
With every new Android phone being born from a third party manufacturer, the word Android skin is thrown around so much. But they aren’t exactly skins, but different versions of Android. AOSP (Stock Android) is the basic version of Android that Google provides the manufacturer to work on and Touchwiz, Sense etc are just versions of Android.
 
3. Benchmarks determine performance:
Benchmarks are nothing but just numbers. There are Android phones with lower benchmarks that run smoother than the absolute benchmark beasts.
4. Task killers improve performance:
Android manages tasks by itself and you don’t have to kill the tasks to improve battery life and performance. This was true in older versions, but in newer versions, it’s not the case.
5. Android crashes a lot:
With the newer versions, Android has no problem in giving the user a sweet experience, except when you root your device. Keep it stock and it stays solid.
 
6. All Androids are the same:
Android across phones are different in every way from boot up animations to the home screen, even the stock applications are different in phones manufactured by different manufacturers. There’s even a difference with how everything works and looks between cheap and flagship mobiles from the same manufacturer.  
7. Better specs mean better device:
Specs to a certain extent are important for the smooth performance of a device but that necessarily doesn’t mean that specs define everything. A device rocking a previous generation hardware can run as smooth as a device with the latest silicon in it. Moto X 2013 proved this by having a previous generation Snapdragon S4 Pro still giving the user a sweet experience.
 
8. Macs and Android don’t get along well:
“I have a MacBook/iMac, I’m not able to use my Android device with them” is what people say most of the time, Actually you can. You can send and receive files using Android app manager with no need to open iTunes or anything else.
9. Viruses attack Android:
Android phones stack up well against virus attacks until and unless you download an app or game from a third-party/ untrusted source from the internet.
 
10. Rooting is against law:
This myth evolved after Apple started getting mad at their users for jailbreaking their iPhones. Different courts got into finding whether rooting a device is against the laws framed by the manufacturer and the answer was “no”, but it stated that warranty can no longer be claimed.
 
11. Android is not open source:  
You can take Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code and make your own version of Android, unlike Microsoft or Apple where you’ll need permission to make a change in the way things work.
 
I’ve shared with you the top myths about Android, feel free to share in the comments if I had missed something. 
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