Android may have started with the mantra that developers are allowed to do anything as long as they can code it, but things have changed over the years as security and privacy became higher priorities. Every major update over the last decade has shuttered features or added restrictions in the name of protecting users, but some sacrifices may not have been entirely necessary. Another Android 11 trade-off has emerged, this time taking away the ability for users to select third-party camera apps to take pictures or videos on behalf of other apps, forcing users to rely only on the built-in camera app.
They’re small changes, but they’ve been adding up over the years to make Android less and less desirable. Sadly, there’s really no other viable option, so we’re stuck with it.
+1, that pretty much sums it up.
The lack of competition not only keeps fees high, but also reduces features and innovations. There’s always someone who says “if you don’t like it, go buy something else”, but that kind of ignores the lack of competition. Unfortunately there are significant issues that rise up to the “don’t buy it” mantra in both camps such that you can’t actually get what you want. This duopoly is screwing over consumers – kind of like being forced to vote between two bad candidates.