7 Ways Skins Beat Stock Android

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Ever since the dawn of Android, phone and tablet manufacturers have been adding their own ingredients to Google’s open-source OS. Though custom UIs like Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense started out as little more than skins, they now offer significantly more functionality than stock Android, which has remained pretty much the same for more than a year now.

Many of my fellow geeks are willing to pay extra for “pure” Android phones like the $649 Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition. Unfortunately, they’re paying more for less as Google’s unmodified operating system falls further and further behind. Here are seven ways that custom Android skins beat the pixels out of pure Android.

 

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • Shaun Says:

    The biggest issue with skins for me is upgrading. Similarly why I mainly interested in Nexus phones to decrease the wait time for updates. The simplicity of stock gives me more options to customize and layer on top vs an all or nothing approach for most skins.

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