Android Myths
Android Myths

As Android is fast becoming the most popular Mobile Phone OS in the world, there are several myths about Android, many of which are so strongly believed that most would not agree otherwise.  These myths have long backgrounds that have lead many users to believe in their accuracy.   Given below are some of the most common myths related to the Android OS.   Feel free to post comments if you disagree with any, I can share details if required.

  • Rooting your Phone is illegal:  I really don’t know where this came from, but there is nothing of this sort.  Many forums state that rooting your phone will void your warranty.  This is true in some Western countries, but most certainly not in the rest of the world!   Rooting your device will NOT damage your phone in any way (if done properly).   And you don’t need to root your phone to install a custom ROM.
  • Task Killers: As much as this is obvious, people still uses it. So much, that it is annoying. Android handles apps and tasks well. However, there is an exception, and that is when the app constantly freezes or crashes and you need to restart it. If that’s the case, there’s a “Running Apps” section, where you can force close apps under system settings. So you won’t need 3rd party Task Killers, EVER.  So un-install it immediately!!!
  • Battery Calibration (Draining then fully charging): People thinks that this is good for your battery life, but it isn’t. The only thing that this does is make the system read the battery percentage more accurate. Doing this once per month might help you improve read battery % better, but it isn’t necessarily at all.
  • Anti-Virus app: This is another myth that is obvious, but used by many people. You don’t need anti-virus apps, unless you download a lot from untrusted source (4shared, because it is uploaded by people, not the company). If you know (And you SHOULD) what you’re downloading, anti-virus is nothing.
  • Benchmark: People get so hyped about benchmark results… And I don’t really know why… It’s just a number, I tell them. It wouldn’t matter in daily usage, I tell them. But they do it anyways… Benchmarks are just numbers people. My Galaxy S can be as smooth and fast as GS3, but have a significant difference in benchmark tests.
  • Quad-core is faster than dual-core: While this isn’t a myth, it isn’t 100% correct either. You see, in daily usage, the phone only uses and needs a little bit of CPU power. For example, Facebook app doesn’t use full 4 cores. That’s just plain silly. However, when it comes to heavy gaming, yes, that 2-extra cores will help. But overall in daily usage, you’re not going to miss almost anything, because you have dual-core.
  • Turn GPS off when not using: You do not need to do that at all. Phone only turns on the GPS when it needs to. For example, when you open map app, you’ll see the GPS icon on the status bar, but when you exit out, you won’t see it anymore. This means that the GPS radio is off. OFF. No need to waste your time turning it off and on.
  • iOS apps are more optimized than Android, and is more stable: This is part true but mainly not. Yes, dev only needs to worry about 2-3 screen size when making apps, which means that apps can be optimized for the screen size, but that doesn’t mean much anyways… Also did you know that iOS apps crash more than Android? Now you know!
  • iOS is better than Android:  Lol, what did you say?  Are you high?  Seriously?!?!?!

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  1. Appreciated Sir. Very informative and easy to understand. Kindly post about increasing laptop battery timing and how to limit wifi bandwidth to some clients. Is there any software for this?

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