Have you ever discovered that what you believed was just a myth? Myths are especially dangerous because they can erroneously shape our thoughts about something in a negative perspective.
Android, unfortunately, is the victim of many myths that have been around for years. Let’s break down the most common ones and see what just isn’t true.
Myth 1: Android is the wild west of malware
One of the most common lies about Android is that there is malware on every corner. “Our iPhones are impenetrable,” they say, “but Android can easily infect viruses!” True, Android has more ability to detect infection (although iOS is not immune to it), the average user of any platform will never see malware.
Google takes a more casual approach in the Play Store than Apple does in the App Store, so the app is easier to list. But Android still has a few security measures in place to ensure that apps don’t contain malware.
First, it is an updated version of Google Play Protect. This service scans both the apps in the Play Store and your device to make sure they are not infected. If a problem is detected, Play Protect will alert you to take action.
In addition, the apps in the Play Store are 99 percent safe. While there were applications that contained malicious code or simply pulled their users out of this is rare. By having some basic download sense, such as not downloading sketchy apps and checking reviews before installing, you will protect yourself from getting infected. Taking care not to grant unnecessary permissions permissions for is also important.
Most Android malware occurs when users download apps from third party sources and/or root their phones. It is easier for mobile malware to infiltrate an Android app downloaded from a random website than it is in the Play Store. And rooting your device exposes you to new threats. if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Outcome: Android does have more room for security risks than iOS, especially when installing apps outside of the Play Store. But the average user is protected by Google’s controls and will not encounter malware during normal use.
Myth 2: Specs tell you everything about a phone
In the infancy of Android, phone specs was much more important than it is now. When Android wasn’t well optimized, every new phone promised a little more power to help with stability. Those days are far behind, though. Now about characteristics such as processor speed, RAM and camera megapixels give a good idea of how the phone will perform, but this is far from the most important aspect.
What matters most about a phone is how it treats you and whether it fits your needs.
Do you think anyone using an iPhone cares how much RAM is in their device? No, they care about smooth operation and Apple’s approach to design. The same applies to Android, except you have tons of options to choose from.
You can buy a cheap phone if you just need the basics. or an expensive phone if you have money to spare. Perhaps you need a waterproof phone, or a phone with the new USB-C port, or you prefer a fingerprint scanner on the front of the device. Specifications have nothing to do with these details that make each phone unique.
Outcome: While the specs give a basic idea of a phone’s performance, they’re not everything. Additional features and how the device feels is much more important in its department.
Myth 3: Every Android device is the same
You will often hear from people who have had a bad experience with an Android device from one phone manufacturer and then swear at the entire operating system. This shows ignorance about Android distribution.
Earlier we talked about how hardware manufacturers are customizing Android. This is why the HTC phone looks and acts differently than an LG device, which in turn is completely different from the latest Samsung phone. Many elements, from icons to item names in the Settings menu, vary widely across devices.