There are Four Androids – WorldCAD Access


 And this is one of them


There is one Android name for the operating system that
runs on smartphones, tablets, and even a few laptops. But there
are four versions of it, something iOS users are unaware of.
Google releases two versions, and then smartphone makers sell
hardware with four different kinds.

There is the official Android operating system from
Google that includes Google’s own software for downloading apps
(Play store), search, and so on. Then there is the AOSP
version, the Android open source project at, which Google makes available for
anyone to use, tweak, and reuse for any kind of

Both of these Android versions then can be modified by
smartphone makers. They can change the UI and they can add
their own apps and functions. The best known example is
Samsung, which overlays the native Android user interface with
its own, and adds in all kinds of apps it developed itself —
to the point that storage space is greatly reduced. Some of
these vendor-developed functions make their way back to the
official Android, such as the Samsung-developed split screen
that arrived in Android 7.

(I find it interesting that most new phones were running
Android 7 by the start of 2017, but no tablets did, event hough
split screens would benefit tablet users more than with

Me, I prefer unadorned Android, but this can be hard to
track down. Vendors feel compelled to make their phones stand
out by changing the software, as there is not much they can do
about the hardware. Specs these days are all within a narrow
range, varying only by price; a cheaper phone only has a slower
CPU, a lower resolution screen, and less memory. The external
design of smartphones has become standard these days, due to
the problem of maximizing the space inside even while
minimizing the thickness of the case.

And so almost every vendor has its own take on what the
UI should look like. I, however, suspect that most customers
don’t realize that the Android they see is not the true
Android. If all you’ve every owned in a Samsung Galaxy, you
would be just as naive about UI variations as the steady Apple
iPhone owner.


Leeco Le2 X620 Smartphone

My first Android phone was from Samsung, because in the

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