Which Android problems annoy you the most?

Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Linux Lite 3.0, and fake Pokemon GO apps have been found on the Google Play Store

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Which Android problems annoy you the most?

Android is the most used mobile OS in the world, and many people swear by it. But it still has certain problems that can be quite annoying to some users.

A writer at XDA-Developers recently asked his readers which Android issues still annoyed them, and he got some interesting responses in the comments section.

Aamir Siddiqui asked his question:

Android is not a perfect platform, and the whole of XDA-Developers stands in testimony to the shortcomings of the platform. While the bigger annoyances get fixed with higher priority, it’s the small annoyances that tend to linger on year after year, version after version.

What issues of Android continue to annoy you? What small annoyance would you like to see fixed sooner, rather than later? How do you work around it?Let us know in the comments below!

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XDA-Developer readers shared their thoughts about Android’s problems:

Bikram Agarwal: “App backup. I have no easy way of knowing which apps / games are using the cloud backup feature. And hence, it is totally useless, since it is unreliable.”

SyCoREAPER: “ART Optimization.

Anyone who does a lot of flashing or tinkering knows how much this pisses in your cherios when you want to try something new or cool and have the wait for the damn apps to be Optimized.”

I’m an egg: “The terribly broken update ecosystem. In July of 2017 I predict 12% of Android users will be on Android N.”

Vitor Gatti: “The lack of open bootloaders on all devices. Let us void our warranties and install custom recoveries/ROMs, greedy companies!”

OhYeah: “Search in the playstore is terrible. I will search for the exact name and find it burred 3 pages down. Also the back button is inconsistent. I would rather the back button only every take you back to an apps main screen and never exit it. If I want to exit the app I will hit the home button. Also when one app launches another the first app will not show up in the resents list, you instead have to hit back to get to the previous app.”

Hammerhead2502: “The issue that annoys me the most is no implementation of battery percentage for bluetooth devices. Whenever i connect my bluetooth headset to an iPhone, it shows a small battery icon for it. Which is something i really miss on Android. It gets annoying when you don’t know how much battery you have left and you suddenly get low battery for a long journey. :/”

Jonathan Woodcock: “Cannot belive stock Android does not let me add the date to the top menu bar.”

EibonMusic: “What annoys me the most is that I don’t have root access. People say that it’s for security purposes, I disagree. My computer, whether it be Mac or Windows allow root access with certain items being “locked” in a read only format. This would be a perfect way to handle the security portion of access to root, while giving the power users and enthusiasts the access they need; usually obtained through more “risky ”third party apps and or processes. I would even be happy with a “Dev Mode” accessed through a process by which any unwitting and incompetent users could not easily or realistically access without knowledge of what they are doing and the potential risks associated with that action.

In summary, I want an official mean of gaining root access without having to flash any unauthorized software on my device. I’m sure some would disagree, and I look forward to hearing a reason why (based on factual information hopefully).”

AdamIsYou: “Lag. Still a problem even on my 6P. That’s one place iOS has always beaten Android.”

Ericralph: “The fact that Google has not utilized its immense latent power and forced Android manufacturers to offer updates as soon as they are available from Google.”

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The topic of Android problems also came up in the Android subreddit, and the folks there also had quite a lot to say about it:

Twerps: “Google and ARM need to sit down together and figure out how to do hardware discovery so that there can be a generic Android installer that receives direct updates as opposed to using device specific ROMS.

Smartphones have been around for a decade now. My phone has WAY more personal stuff on it than my computers, and yet the computers receive OS patches almost daily.”

Sleepinlight: “Wildly inconsistent battery life, and Google’s seemingly glacial pace in solving it.

That’s it. It’s my biggest complaint and really my only complaint. I’m pretty much satisfied with everything else in the Android sphere. I’m sure if battery life reached parity with iOS, my standards would rise and I would find something else to annoy me that needed fixing, but any of those issues are so exponentially below the problem of battery life that I can’t even name them right now.”

Angelrenard: “Nothing annoys me more than my lockscreen notifications being sorted while I’m trying to click on them. I’ll expand an email notification, read it, go to click ‘mark as read’ and the notifications will re-sort at that exact moment so that I click on something completely different. That’s just entirely unacceptable.

Next to that is having to keep duplicates of all my ringtones in 8 different directories so that Android OS will let me select them for whatever I want. It’s not enough to have them in the ringtones folder, no, it also has to be in alarms if you want to use it to wake up to in the morning. Want to use a ringtone for an email notification? Nope, can’t use it from the ringtones folder, it HAS to be in the notifications folder. Again, this is just entirely unacceptable. One goddamned folder. One. You should be able to pick any sound for any task from one goddamned folder. Period.”

Pawl_The_Cone: “Definitely how large the increments in volume control are. So often one option is too loud and one is too quiet. It seems like such a simple thing but I guess not.”

Justaspank: “Not being able to permanently prevent an app from running in the background.

For example: I use Facebook like twice a week, otherwise I don’t need the app, but it is still running in the background 24/7, not only using a lot of Ram, but also reducing battery life. I just want to be able to stop it permanently, until I need the app again.”

Iamnotkurtcobain: “Janky and laggy Apps and animations. Inconsistent performance overall and random wakelocks.”

TomorrowPlusX: “When I pause music or podcasts using the clicker on my headphones (I use Amazon’s excellent earbuds) the audio pauses - that’s great. But when I click it again to unpause, it succeeds about 25% of the time.

Usually, to get audio to resume, I have to wake the screen.

This drives me crazy. It’s about the only thing I hate about Android. The same functionality works flawlessly on iOS.”

Dekzter: “Apps opening inside of other apps.

Open a picture in my Gallery app, share, Hangouts with Brad. Push home button and put my phone away.

A few hours later I open the Gallery app and it opens my Hangouts conversation with Brad.

EVERY TIME I assume that I clicked on the wrong thing, so I push home, click on Gallery again, get Hangouts with Brad again. Then I realize what has happened and push Back 2 or 3 times to get back to the goddamn Gallery app.

WTF Android?”

Arkcrysta: “Rotating the screen is a…nightmare, made worse by how easy it is to trigger rotation. I’ll lose my place in an article just by adjusting my seating position.

Lack of system-wide vibration control. I don’t want my phone to vibrate ever, not when I unlock it and definitely not due to some shitty ad.

So much of the UI being dependent on items near the top of the screen (notifications, quick toggles, search bar on the home screen) even as screen sizes have grown to a borderline phablet norm.

Wasted white space everywhere, instead of information density and adaptive design. You don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for sensible layout of content.”

Browntown412: “I’m still annoyed there’s no option to make media volume the default. I keep my phone on vibrate forever, so a volume rocker that only controls media volume would be amazing. (I had this on my old phone, but rooting for such a small change doesn’t seem worth it.)”

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DistroWatch reviews Linux Lite 3.0

Linux Lite is a distribution geared toward making it easy for Windows users to move to Linux. Version 3.0 was released last month, and DistroWatch has a full review.

Joshua Allen Holm reports for DistroWatch:

When it comes to applications, Linux Lite 3.0 provides all the typical applications out of the box. In addition to the standard Xfce applications and utilities, Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and GIMP all come pre-installed, and everything that is available in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is also available in Linux Lite 3.0.

Installing new software is very easy with both Synaptic Package Manager and a utility called Lite Software, which is one of the best value-adds of the Linux Lite experience. Lite Software provides an easy way to install a variety of common software packages that many users add to their system, including Audacity, Dropbox, Skype, PlayOnLinx, VirtualBox, and WINE, just to name a few. Instead of searching through Synaptic, the user can just select a package from the curated list of options and click Install. This is great for new users who might not be familiar with all the software options available in Linux.

Linux Lite 3.0 is an excellent option for users seeking a user friendly, lightweight operating system. Because of its Ubuntu base, it has solid hardware support while adding several nice features that set it apart from the official Ubuntu variants. Of course, users who need to use the ATI Catalyst drivers or who need a distribution that supports Secure Boot and UEFI should look elsewhere.

Aside from those issues, Linux Lite 3.0 is a very well put together distribution with great documentation and a host of utilities that make it very new user friendly. It is good choice for both new users and experienced users who just want an easy to use, ready to go right after install distribution with very light system requirements.

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Fake Pokemon GO apps in the Google Play store

With Pokemon GO now all the rage among Android gamers, it was inevitable that third party apps would appear to take advantage of the latest gaming craze. But Android users should beware of downloading third party Pokemon GO apps, according to a report on Android Community.

Ida Torres reports for Android Community:

And for those users who are not careful (also, desperate), you might get roped into downloading third-party apps that promise you things, but of course in the end, you get duped or phished. ESET, a mobile security company, said they were able to detect at least three apps of that nature: Pokemon Go Ultimate, Guides and Cheats for Pokemon Go, and Install Pokemongo.

Guides and Cheats for Pokemon Go, and Install Pokemongo meanwhile are examples of what they call “scareware” as they are able to lure victims into paying for things that you really won’t need if you’re playing the game. And these aren’t just inexpensive buys but rather “expensive bogus service”. These three fake apps were able to generate between 100–50,000 downloads in the short time that they were up.

Because so many people are downloading and playing Pokemon Go, you can probably expect more fake apps like these to pop out of the woodwork. So the lesson here is to download apps only from reputable sources (and read up what are those reputable ones) and also have mobile security programs installed in your device. Better yet, just download the official Pokemon Go app itself and nothing else related to it.

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