Richard Bucker

Why Are You Still Using Android?

Posted at — Nov 28, 2019

I remember when I had my first on-call job. I was assigned a small beeper about the size of a pack of matches.

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A couple of months later I had beeper envy as our management upgraded but unfortunately they used it exactly the same way…

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and then I received one of these.

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That’s when I started building systems to send full text messages with details from the system so I knew what was going on. Of course my first app overloaded the beeper but it was a start. Later I created some tools for communicating with management. There was a small challenge in there because management didn’t really want to be disturbed.

And then I bought my first blackberry.

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This was the coolest device. Messaging, email, note taking… just the basics and of course I still had my phone.

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Actually I had a number of cell phones…. Nokia, Startac, Razor, and a few others. These were the days when a phone was just a phone. And a beeper or blackberry was for messaging. Of course executives were still attached to their blackberries as teens with their smartphones today.

And so Droid Life is asking “Why Are You Still Using Android? Droid Life”. Well the answer for me is that it harkens back to the good ole days. For about $100USD I can get a complete smartphone from a manufacturer I kinda trust. The irony is not lost on me…

The thing of it is that Android has linux at it’s core. As an OS linux is well understood and in the public domain. It’s also licensed in such a way that is a benefit to manufacturers. And so that stack means resources are available. It’s also running on a variety of platforms. world-wide there are more android phones than iPhone. iPhones are expensive and they do you no favors. The same can be said for the expensive Android phones. Recently I watched a video about the PinePhone and so I ordered one. It’s a pure linux phone. It has some other issues but the presenter made an interesting observation… for all it’s security the iPhone does not secure it’s transmission. While the PinePhone was a linux phone it’s physical security was on par but the communications were secure. There are switches for disabling all sorts of privacy features.

So, Android? It’s cheap and trustworthy… for now.