Are OEM Android interfaces bloated and filled with junk?

Today in Open Source: Stock Android or an OEM version with bloatware? Plus: Top Android 4.3 features, and Ubuntu versus Xubuntu

The biggest problems with OEM versions of Android seem to be bloatware and a lack of timely updates. You buy the phone or tablet, and then it takes forever to get your version of Android updates to the most current one after Google releases an update. In some cases, you might not get an update all (depending on who made your device).

This is where Apple has a huge advantage over Android. When Apple releases an update to iOS, it’s quite simple and fast for iPhone, iPad or iPod users to upgrade to it. This really underscores that buying an Android device that runs stock Android is simple common sense. Why wait forever to get an update?

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