I’m amazed it took me so long to figure this out – when the evidence was staring me right in the face – two Android 4.0 touch devices lying on my desk that I cannot make work – and never will be able to make work.
Android is not an operating system for mobile devices – as everyone assumes – it is a collection of software components that can be used by manufacturers – plus a few software components of their own – plus the right hardware – to make a mobile device. This is not easy, and it takes some first-rate engineering (which is not cheap) to produce a quality product.
It is up to the manufacturers to make something that will work. Often they don’t bother – they just buy some marginal hardware (from the first-rate manufacturers) – add a few Android software components so it almost works – and then sell it cheaply as an Android device.
The old adage “Let the buyer beware” no longer applies. These products are so complicated, and do so much, the average user is in no position to evaluate them. The expert user, who knows what is going on under the hood of these devices, will highlight the problems he is interested in. And overlook the rest.
In short, the high-tech world is breaking down – and like Humpty-Dumpty, cannot be put back together again.