Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority
It is hard to imagine the modern smartphone world without Android. Google’s operating system provides support for mobile phones from almost all companies except Apple. There are few signs that Android’s growth and popularity will be affected in the next few years.
But what do you need to leave Android? This is the question we asked our readers in a recent poll. The following is the result.
What do I need to leave Android?
This is a popular opinion poll that has only received 24,000 votes since it went live on August 24. Despite the overwhelming response, there are two options that really caught the attention of our readers. “Google locks it like iOS” and “A better alternative operating system appears” are the two most popular options, with 27.7% and 24.6% of votes, respectively. What’s interesting is that more readers care about Android becoming iOS, rather than updating it to advanced features. The latter option only received 18.9% of the votes.
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The remaining three options received a small amount of support. The leader is “lack of innovation” with 9.3% of the votes, followed by “major OEMs abandon it” with 7.2%. Surprisingly, even if Google sells Android, readers will not give up on it. Only 6.6% of respondents chose this option.
In general, it seems unlikely that readers will have to make this choice, at least not soon. There are few signs that Google plans to lock Android. A series of alternatives have come and gone, but none have really reached the level of popularity or functionality of Android.
It is worth noting that at least 5.7% of readers provided their own reasons. You can find some of them below.
- end: If iOS provides the same freedoms as Android, such as easy insertion and dragging and dropping of files onto the phone without going through apps such as iTunes, I would consider leaving Android. Another thing is that if Apple eliminates the walled garden, then their devices can better work with third-party hardware.
- Wynn: The day Google stopped producing Pixels was the day I bought the iPhone.
- Ville: I will only leave android to good open source alternatives.
- Keith: Mine is very simple. SD card. I have a note 9 and still use the SD card, whether it is out of date or not, but I do. In addition, I can download music and videos without going through all the links in iTunes.
- LCD 1701: Before I consider leaving Android, a catastrophic event like the collapse of Google is needed-it’s like Microsoft’s bankruptcy. This will not happen. I don’t want a mandatory UI that is not friendly to customization. I am not a super user, but I am not an unenlightened sheep either.
- Lauwan: I might just switch to an operating system that pays more attention to privacy. A decent update program that all OEMs must respect, and an operating system that respects my data, but still provides most of the customization and feature set of Android. Just having a great new operating system may not be enough.
- disqus_jdDrXoKt8V: I prefer which platform can better protect my privacy and give me more control over it. Until recently, iOS seemed to do a better job than Android in protecting users from advertisements, marketers, and generally not selling user information. But now Apple has stepped in and violated the end-to-end encryption integrity of its messaging. There is no good choice!
- Derek Jennings: I may have left it because I’m tired of Google just don’t care. Wear v2 hardly works. They killed YouTube Music’s Play Music. This is rubbish, and even Google Assistant does not support it. Other similar things continue to show that they don’t care much about their core customers.
- Blazer 19: If webOS comes back.
- Zagros: For me, the operating system is not all. For me, “Android” is a stock operating system. All other operating system variants are similar but different, with their own frustrations and features. I will keep any version of the android hardware features, combined with a 3.5 mm jack that is small enough to be operated with one hand, wireless charging, and a good enough SoC. The best I have seen are 3 out of 4 (iPhone 12 mini, Pixel 4a, etc.). If it is not that expensive, I would even consider Xperia 1 III.
- Bryan: Bring back Windows Phone. Yes, seriously.
- Luxina: I insisted on using Symbian till the end. The same thing can be done with Android.
This is this poll. Thanks for all your votes and comments. What will make you leave Android? Do you agree with the voting result? If you have any other ideas, be sure to put them below.