Since Android is an open-source, every smartphone manufacturer and even the groups of enthusiasts have been able to create a different system, based on the naked Android system, the one released by Google, the one called AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
AOSP or Android Stock and the original factory version, the one that comes out when it is distributed to phone manufacturers and published on the internet by Google on the Android.com site.
On a Samsung Galaxy S8, instead, there is an Android 7 customized in the settings, functions, appearance, and applications found in the phone you just bought.
Moreover, in the Android world, it is also possible to install Custom ROMs or Custom ROMs, which would practically be reworked and re-adapted versions of the Android operating system to replace the manufacturer’s installed version on a phone.
From this brief and concise introduction, it would be interesting to understand which version of Android is the best or, in other words, which Android smartphone has the best operating system.
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Making this ranking of the best Android systems is quite difficult and searching for data and comparisons on the internet is practically impossible to find a complete classification.
Therefore, based on our experience and a little on the chatter gathered in the forums, we could say that if before this year the original AOSP Android version Google was always considered the best ever, today things have changed.
Android Stock has always been considered, by purists and fans, as the best version because it is extremely clean, fast, minimalist and above all because it is not modified with useless applications that weigh down the system.
Until last year it could be said that all Android phones that had no original Android Stock had flaws like:
– bad graphics of the home screen and application launcher.
– useless bloatware and apps that cannot be uninstalled.
– spy apps are hidden inside and advertisements.
– little memory available due to system size.
– Slow and infrequent updates or even absent in many cases.
– The battery runs out first.
This judgment, at least partially, could be true especially taking into account the fact that the only smartphones that were updated the day after the release of a new version were Google’s Nexus, which were also the only smartphones to have an Android Stock version ( along with Motorola when it was from Google).
For this reason, three or four years ago the Nexus 5 was the best Android phone you could buy.
But today things have changed.
Meanwhile, the performance differences between the various Android versions are far less relevant. because the phones on the market all have a powerful processor, at least two gigabytes of RAM and internal memory for data and applications of at least 16 GB.
Secondly, there is a marked change in Google strategy in the sale of its phones.
The Nexus series, designed more for development reasons than for making money, has been replaced by Pixel smartphones, much more closed (with exclusive apps and features) and more expensive (sold only in the USA).
The production of smartphones with Android Stock has, therefore, become very limited and even the independent developers have by now abandoned the development of versions based on AOSP, in favor of more complete Custom ROMs and full of features.
Android versions of the main producers, today, they add features compared to Android Stock as:
– One-handed use mode;
– Possibility to rearrange, resize or hide the navigation bar;
– More dynamic lock screen;
– Possibility to switch off the screen with a double touch;
– Change the graphic theme and colors.
– Customization of the notification bar;
– more particular widgets;
– Possibility to change fonts and characters;
– Always keep the screen on;
– Reading mode;
– Floating windows for multitasking;
– integrated memory cleaning tools;
– Automatic optimization of battery use and automation;
– Button to make screenshot;
– Screen recording.
Finally coming to the point, the best Android versions according to my impressions and my research are:
1) The interface Huawei’s EMUI, the one installed on P9, P10 and other models, can now be considered the best Android version, at least for simplicity and balance.
Huawei is today the second-largest producer of Android phones in the world (after Samsung) which mounts on its devices, smartphones and tablets, an Android version very similar to the original stock, minimalist, and light.
With the apps all listed on the main screen, a complete set of features is available with many special EMUI options on the Huawei phones I mentioned.
2) Samsung, whose TouchWiz interface has been considered one of the worst for years, has greatly improved with the Galaxy S8, with many problems solved and many useful features included in the system.
The good of Samsung is also the fact that speaking of the most expensive devices, the system upgrades are more frequent and more punctual than other brands.
3) OnePlus, which produces the most powerful Android phones from the hardware point of view, mounts an Android version called OxygenOS, with a user interface equal to the stock, very essential and fast.
4) Xiaomi, one of the best Chinese brands, develops a very special Android version called MIUI, which can also be downloaded as a custom ROM for other smartphone models like the Nexus 5.
MIUI is almost another operating system and even if it is based on Android stock, it includes many more functions and has the possibility to customize the graphic theme in a drastic way.
5) Asus ZenUI is the Asus device interface that includes many apps for every smartphone function.
Personally I tried it a few years ago with the ZenPhone 2, finding it quite heavy after a certain period, but it may be that it works better today.
Saying today which phone has the best Android version is increasingly difficult because it depends a lot on tastes and because from the point of view of performance the differences are minimal.
The most important thing is that the system is updated to the latest version or almost to keep the security patches released.
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