Stock Android — stock with capital ‘S’

There are hundreds of smartphone brands out there. Interestingly, the Graphic User Interface (or GUI/UI) for every smartphone is different. To start from the very scratch let us first try to understand what the heck is a Graphic User Interface. Nothing fancy and keeping it simple, it really is the way your phone’s or any digital device’s display looks like. Different companies gave different names to their UIs, for example, Samsung calls it “Touchwiz”, Oppo calls it Color OS (don’t get confused here because by OS, they mean UI. Eh! Marketing tactics). Lets talk about Stock android.

The UI of Samsung in Galaxy S8: Touchwiz
Image Source: The android soul
Color OS 3.0 in Oppo
UI of Moto G4+

From the above three pictures, it is really clear that devices running on same OS can have beautifully different looks and features.

Understanding it better:

Lets talk little about definitions too. To understand “Stock Android”, we need to refresh our basic understanding of the terms “stock” and “android”.

According to Webster, Stock is “a supporting framework or structure” and Android is simply an OS.  Read more about Android here.

The best part about Operating systems like Linux and Android is their open-source nature. This means their original code is available for the public to tweak. Connecting this to our understanding of Stock Android: Stock android can be defined as “A supporting framework or structure of android released by Google Inc, either directly in their flagship devices or by making it available for different companies to make some UI tweaks.”

The UI of Moto G4+ shown above is how Stock Android looks like. Clean, cute, smooth and less bloatware! On the other hand the Samsung or other devices come up loaded with their own apps like Samsung pay, S note, S console, etc. Surprisingly, Samsung have their own app store too and how can we forget Bixby, the Samsung’s very own “Google assistant”. These apps take up space in the storage and even in the RAM, thus making the devices slow and lagging. On the contrary, devices like the Nexus or Pixel have only the google apps which makes the coordination between the hardware and software really simple and hence giving a smooth user experience.

In general terms, Stock Android is the version of android without any UI add-ons or tweaks.

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