Why an Android customization layer is bad or poorly made

The customization layers on Android have come a long way in recent years.

The Android world is something sometimes complex due to the freedom offered by the Google operating system for manufacturers to make the changes they deem appropriate and to introduce some new features that Google may not have included in the operating system yet.

However, all that glitters is not gold, and there is some layers of personalization that far from improving the experience offered by pure Android, make it somewhat worse. And today, we are going to tell you what makes a customization layer be considered bad.

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The first thing we ask any mobile right now from the mid-range, is that it performs well, since in the middle of 2020 it is illogical to spend more than 150-200 euros on a terminal and that It does not offer a minimally decent performance.

And unfortunately, there are times when, by hardware, a terminal could perform well, but the software is so heavy that all it does is slow down the performance of the terminal. And this means that, however much the layer contributes, we cannot consider it as an added value to the device.

It is true that there are times when the opposite happens, and a terminal that a priori we do not expect much, surprises us thanks to the software that the device has, and it becomes one of your best points. But, if when using the terminal, you find the dreaded lag in the middle of 2020, maybe you should flee.

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Excessive initial settings

One of the things that characterize Apple mobiles is that the initial configuration is simple, and in a matter of 5 minutes you can start using the mobile. No complications or extra settings, and this is something that does not happen on all Android phones.

And, as you will already know by now, there are many manufacturers that sin from saturating the initial configurations of their terminals, causing sign in to a different account than Google account or that you have to configure which applications you want to receive notifications from and which not. By making the initial setup more cumbersome and complicated for the average user.

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Personally, having a lot of options at the configuration level seems positive to me, but it is true that sometimes, if these are not intuitive, it can seem overwhelming, and more when we have to configure those aspects as soon as we open the smartphone, when we are not yet familiar with the customization layer.

There are many occasions when less is more, and this is one of them, since minimalism and simplicity when setting up a new smartphone is something that is greatly appreciated, although then the manufacturer of the option to modify many parameters of the interface.

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An interface that strays too far from Google

Google has been improving the design of the Android user interface significantly for years, and that is something that users are very grateful for, since have an interface that is pleasing to the eye and with which we can feel comfortable on a day to day basis, it is very important.

There are manufacturers, such as Xiaomi, keep a certain distance from the design of the pure Android interface, but even so, they do not stray far from this, and that is a positive thing, since there are layers from some Chinese manufacturers that radically break with the design lines of the big G, and that is not usually good. At least in the western world.

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And it is that, in Asia, the preferences that most users have may be different from those that we have here, and this means that, consequently, manufacturers adapt to what users want there. But when it comes to importing a mobile, It may seem to us a perhaps very ornate or slightly minimalist design. As with the layers of personalization for the elderly, which do their job, but are not pleasant to us.

They are tastes, and nothing happens, but an interface too far from Google may be unpleasant for western users, and it is totally normal that we do not consider a layer to be good if it is not aesthetically pleasing.

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