Why do manufacturers add skins/bloatware to Android instead of keeping it vanilla?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by r314bd, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. r314bd

    r314bd Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Messages:
    863
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +22
    It seems the overwhelming majority of consumers (or at least the majority of vocal consumers) prefer the stock vanilla Android experience.

    Why do they do this?
     
  2. dezymond

    dezymond Tech Support Mod Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    11,200
    Likes Received:
    843
    Trophy Points:
    573
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Ratings:
    +884
    Current Phone Model:
    Samsung Galaxy s4
    It's supposed to make it more approachable and easier to use. I prefer vanilla android, but I also really like HTC Sense. Right now I'm using a ROM that uses vanilla android and I even like to change that up and use LauncherPro.

    Putting their own UI differentiates them from other companies. Some of us prefer MotoBlur, Sense, or Touchwiz and that's another good thing about Android, even out the box different launchers.
     
  3. kptphalkon

    kptphalkon Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,380
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ratings:
    +6
    Differentiation from the other manfacturers and a custom "more user friendly" experience. Which in my experience translates to bloated apps and a slower, more laggy phone.
     
  4. Chukee

    Chukee Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2009
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +1
    They should give u a choice. To have an overlay or pure droid experience. Then the consumer can go with the phone they like best. It isn't that hard to do and it won't cost them anything.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using DroidForums
     
  5. Droid X Doug

    Droid X Doug Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Ratings:
    +0
    It will be interesting to see what happens when each manufacturer rolls out ICS.
     
  6. dezymond

    dezymond Tech Support Mod Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    11,200
    Likes Received:
    843
    Trophy Points:
    573
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Ratings:
    +884
    Current Phone Model:
    Samsung Galaxy s4
    This would be a nice option, but by doing so it makes it less of their product. They put their UI to make it their phone and to differentiate from other companies. If you ask any rep or even a user of say a HTC phone, they're going to tell you that Sense is a huge part of the phone. I have an Inc and used stock Sense for about a year until I rooted and ROM'd. It's still an HTC product, but with vanilla android I'm running now it feels less like an HTC product. That's how I feel about UIs anyway...
     
  7. jcardona1

    jcardona1 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,208
    Likes Received:
    40
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Commiefornia
    Ratings:
    +40
    Ditto on having a choice. Would be nice if they made their 'skins' as a downloadable option from the Market instead of coming pre-installed.
     
  8. Chukee

    Chukee Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2009
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +1
    I am a user of an HTC phone and I will tell you that I would of still chosen an HTC phone. But if they offered the choice I would of gotten the pure droid interface. Sense is just a UI. That's it. It does make it easier for some users I agree but having a choice is good for the consumer. Right now to get the pure android experience I have to wait till Google decides to bring a nexus to my carrier and still its only one manufactor. If u look at linux it come with different UI installed but under the hood its still linux. Same with android.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using DroidForums
     
  9. brad92

    brad92 Silver Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Messages:
    4,496
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    TEXAS
    Ratings:
    +16
    My mom's LG Ally has a theme choice of vanilla or LG's version.

    X
     
Search tags for this page
why do carriers add bloatware
,
why do carriers install bloatware
,
why do carriers put bloatware
,
why do companies add bloat ware
,
why do companies put bloatware on phones
,
why do phone companies put bloatware on phones
,
why do phones come with bloat ware
,

why do phones come with bloatware

,

why do phones have bloatware

,

why does android have bloatware