Why bother customising Android?

Why do manufacturers bother to tailor Android? Why not just have plain old Nexus-style Android? And wouldn't that make it easier to update to the latest version too?

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Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 19:01

To differentiate themselves. Doing them all the world of good isn't it.

Pondlife  Dec. 21, 2012 at 00:21

But some things have been done better in manufacturers versions than in nexus android more so in the past but even now it's not perfect. The lock screen is definitely one thing the n4 doesn't get right imo.
Both Sense and Touchwiz have their fans but I've not used either and rarely a stock rom anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 21, 2012 at 00:48

As Pondi said, differentiation. As Pondi also said, look how much good it's doing them (bar Samsung, who are dominating the market).

Sense was great when Android was in its early, ugly days. Nowadays, it's a battery sucking lag-fest which adds little to no functionality. TouchWiz is slightly better, it might not be a looker, but at least it adds functionality over what's offered in stock Android (especially on the Note 2 with its S-Pen).


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