Choosing a smartphone is far from being an easy task. Smartphone manufacturers do not hesitate to use technical jargon that is difficult for an uninitiated to understand. Some put forward the fact that their devices offer an AOSP interface. You are certainly wondering what the term AOSP corresponds to? Here are some explanations to see more clearly..
AOSP: Android Open Source Project
While most people can use the basic functions of a smartphone, few know what all the technical abbreviations found on the technical sheets correspond to. Indeed, most of the acronyms used remain completely incomprehensible to the vast majority of the public. This is particularly the case with the abbreviation AOSP.
It must be said that with more than 1.5 billion sold worldwide, manufacturers have no choice but to innovate. To differentiate themselves in a globalized and increasingly competitive market, some manufacturers rely on interfaces of the Android stock or AOSP type. But by the way, what is AOSP? Is this option of real interest to the user?
Behind this acronym hides the Android Open Source Project which corresponds to the Android version developed by Google without any customization. The system contains the kernel which allows the various components of the mobile to communicate with each other, the Dalvik virtual machine used to run the applications as well as the user interface (parameters, Android desktop, notifications panel, etc.)..
AOSP therefore refers to an Android system whose code has not been changed. However it must be admitted that this term is used in an abusive manner and does not correspond to reality. It is for example impossible to install an Android AOSP on a smartphone without modifying a line of code, if only for a problem of compatibility with the material.
The term AOSP most often refers to smartphones that do not offer any custom application launcher or additional functionality. These phones offer a user experience as close as possible to that imagined by the developers of Google. This type of system is found on Google smartphones (Nexus and Pixel) and on certain models produced by Nokia or Motorola..
Conversely, manufacturers like Huawei and Samsung apply a software overlay in their devices. These highly modified versions of the original version of Android are distinguished by better notification management, a more sophisticated desktop, exclusive functions and a wider choice of customization.
Problem, these modified interfaces completely move away from the spirit of Android Google version. The menus are overloaded with options and buttons, not to mention the animations that slow down the operation of the device.
Get Android Updates Faster
The question of planned obsolescence is undoubtedly the subject that comes up most often in the mouths of buyers. But as you certainly know Android and updates, it is far from a long quiet river.
The migration from a mobile to the latest OS requires more or less significant adaptation and development work depending on the level of customization of Android. For phones with personalized interfaces, manufacturers are required to perform a whole series of tests before deploying an update.
This has a very significant cost for manufacturers, not to mention the risk of bugs related to the release of a new version of Android. This is why many of them are reluctant to commit to such hefty expenses. Especially since it does not bring them anything from a financial point of view.
The so-called AOSP Android versions do not include any overlay or any additional functionality. This has many advantages when developing system updates. This is why models equipped with an AOSP ROM very quickly benefit from the latest versions of Android.
Fix security vulnerabilities
Security is a major issue for all the electronics giants. And Google has understood this. The American company publishes several security updates every month. These do not bring any new functionality but correct all the security flaws discovered during the month.
Needless to say, it is essential to install them. Updating your smartphone is far more important than having an Android antivirus, according to a study by a security expert firm. Problem not all manufacturers play the game.
Many are reluctant to deploy these updates. As a result, some phone models are real nests for viruses. They do not benefit from any security patch. This is generally not the case with AOSP smartphones.