1. bembol's Avatar
    No, it doesn't have to be Apple. A different company say going with OnePlus instead of Samsung.

    I'm not that advanced so when I say not customizable, I only know Nova Launcher Pro and Icon Packs. LOL So whatever you do pretend you can't anymore.

    As much as I give credit to Samsung with their new One UI. I would likely stick with OnePlus, I love their Oxygen OS, it the little things like that I change Icons without Nova. I can't stand bland and even worse ugly icons like from Huawei.
    06-23-2019 10:42 PM
  2. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    This sounds like Android no longer being open source which would mean no root, substratum theming, custom ROMs and various mods. If none of that was available I'd probably just stick with the Pixel line. We'd still have the great camera, similar UI and years of guaranteed updates.

    I've used OnePlus phones in the past for the price and customization from rooting and lots of custom ROMs. In this scenario OnePlus wouldn't have a OxygenOS with customizable options. This would make the pricing the main reason to go with OnePlus but now we have reasonably priced Pixels with the 3a and 3a XL.
    06-24-2019 12:07 AM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Even if it weren't customizable, I'd still favor it because of the variety of hardware. That in itself adds excitement and innovation to the platform.
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    06-24-2019 01:16 AM
  4. Inders99's Avatar
    I actually stopped customizing my phone a few years back, the manufacturers gave me enough without having to go custom. I actually use Android now for the intuitive nature of it, to this day I can't understand the fascination with the iPhone, every time I pick one up and mess with it I can't wait to put it down.
    kct1975, tube517 and eric002 like this.
    06-25-2019 07:16 AM
  5. Rukbat's Avatar
    If it's based on Linux (which Android is - Android is a Java Runtime, not the operating system), it's customizable, as long as it's not impossibly locked down (like AT&T or Verizon Samsungs).

    But I'd want a customizable phone based on Linux, however it ran apps. (Except Apple - they cost me far too much in 1991-1992 for me to even take a product for them for free - that would give them more free advertising than I'm willing to.) But I've been running Linux since Slackware released a distro in 1992, I have it on this desktop and it runs my (Android) phone. I guess you could say that I'm fully committed to Linux. (I'm also fully committed to OSS - I've released enough of my own freeware and shareware programs over he decades - since long before 1982, when Andrew Fluegelman coined the term.)
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    06-27-2019 03:57 PM
  6. Morty2264's Avatar
    That's a tough call. I love the option and freedom to customize my phone to my liking - be that in general or even day-to-day use. I'd maybe give OnePlus a go, or go back to EMUI/Huawei. It's hard to make that choice - Android gives us so much of that too!
    07-02-2019 09:57 PM
  7. xploreinstitute's Avatar
    it's a tough choice to be make. apart from like Android there no other customizable system.
    07-03-2019 12:51 AM
  8. eric002's Avatar
    I actually stopped customizing my phone a few years back, the manufacturers gave me enough without having to go custom. I actually use Android now for the intuitive nature of it, to this day I can't understand the fascination with the iPhone, every time I pick one up and mess with it I can't wait to put it down.
    I heard you. I can't think of a smartphone rule without Android. Not just because I'm upset with Google, but for the simple fact that I also stopped just customizing my phone and rooting it years ago. Google has given you much to work with and made the experience fluid and intuitive finally.
    07-04-2019 03:38 PM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    I don't customise much anyonemore. Get the home screen going and a few tweaks with keyboard then I'm good to go.
    eric002 likes this.
    07-04-2019 04:46 PM
  10. J Dubbs's Avatar
    I don't customize my Android phones at all, I use pixels and like the clean straightforward software experience. I like things that just work.

    I don't use iPhones because they're obscenely overpriced and the company is too crooked for my taste.
    eric002 and Morty2264 like this.
    07-05-2019 05:00 AM
  11. Morty2264's Avatar
    I don't use iPhones because they're obscenely overpriced
    That's the perfect way to put it. And I love your alliteration there.
    eric002 likes this.
    07-05-2019 07:34 AM
  12. eric002's Avatar
    And not as intuitive to use as one might think.
    07-05-2019 08:14 AM
  13. Inders99's Avatar
    And not as intuitive to use as one might think.
    I absolutely think the iPhone is nowhere near as intuitive, millions disagree tho...
    07-05-2019 08:56 AM
  14. eric002's Avatar
    I absolutely think the iPhone is nowhere near as intuitive, millions disagree tho...
    oh trust me, you're absolutely right. Most people would disagree with me as well including my fiance most of her family has iPhones except her father. Even my mother when she was upgrading ask me oh why don't I get an apple device and I told her that even though I'm prejudiced towards Apple, it's not as intuitive and she's already used to Android as an OS so why would she change at this point in our life?. The simple fact of matter is for apples suite of applications, a I have noticed that there's a good amount of customers not using the Apple music store/iTunes. People love streaming music applications such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play music, etc. Identity, most people have iOS because of FaceTime comment iMessage. That's why Apple keeps their self to for pride tonight because they know that if it were cross-platform like WhatsApp or telegram, Android would rip them to shreds in a second. Just no one wants to admit it. And that's my rant lol as far as some of the Enterprise world and your personal life, the g suite of applications is powerful. I don't see most people in the Enterprise field using Apple applications people use Microsoft/Google suite of applications in the Enterprise Field.
    07-05-2019 09:02 AM
  15. DMP89145's Avatar
    To answer OP's question, I'd definitely still carry a Pixel. I don't change launchers and would have zero problem using Messages for my texting app again.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    07-05-2019 02:18 PM

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