Stock Android really isn't all that great
In the world of Android, one point of contention that comes up more often than just about anything else is the endless debate over "stock Android." Starting first with the Nexus line and then continuing with Pixel phones, the software that's on Google-made gadgets is seen as a representation of what Google thinks Android should look and feel like — a stock, default setup.
Manufacturers such as LG, HTC, and others often place their own skin on top of Android to give it a unique twist, and ever since Android has been a thing, there's been a debate about Stock Android vs. OEM Skins.
Stock Android usually comes out on top as the winner, but according to some AC forum users that have been playing with the Galaxy Note 9, the whole stock software experience may not be all that it's cracked up to be.
What do you think? Is stock Android better than manufacturer skins?
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.