This isn't really completely about Android, but smartphones in general. It seems that the way its going its not getting better. Smartphones are cool because you can change aspects of them, but its almost as if they were built to be terrible stock.
I remember when dumbphones had features that were better than the smartphones. They were not very feature filled, but did their jobs efficiently. For instance, the calendar on Android is terrible, and there are several applications to do it better, each one in their own way. I remember when I had the Blackberry Calendar, I never found a problem with it and never sought to change it, there were other applications but I never looked at them since the stock one was perfectly fine.
Older smartphone OSes like Blackberry and Palm had some really good stock programs, and I wish that the newer OSes like iOS and Android were better with stock programs. Usually if it has a 3rd party program, the original was terrible, or could be improved on. Some stuff such as the stock browser is still preferred even though there are 3rd party apps, but they also come with their own drawbacks, unfortunately I found more problems than they were worth. A lot of stuff could be improved on, but having this many choices frequently annoys me. I suppose I am echoing something found here: The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thanks for reading yet another thread of mines lol.