We go through this every time a new version comes to Google’s own phones while we wait for it to come to the rest. And the outcome is always the same – Pixel phones (and previous Nexus phones) look the way Google wants them to look and the rest of the phones look however the company that made them want them to look. That’s because you can’t see Android – it’s simply software that supports the things you’re looking at.
It’s confusing. And tech bloggers (myself included) don’t help ease the confusion very well when we write about the things we see on a software update for the Pixel. It’s too difficult to try and break everything down every time we write something, and while we are good at a lot of things, we tend to shy away from “difficult”. To compound it all, when we do try to break “Android” down, we usually make it worse. I’m going to try here because I’m feeling courageous and want to face “difficult” head on today. If I don’t come back, tell my wife I love her.
Android is quite a complicated term, entity, and operating system.