For me, Android is the best solution for a mobile platform. The thing is that the latest mobile phone versions have this annoying block.
I recently had to deal with a login error on my Samsung Galaxy J5. After a Factory Reset, the phone wouldn’t start without the Google Account that was previously installed on the phone. How the hell is that normal? Why would a phone not work without some optional account? Well, it’s not optional anymore. Google seems to push it’s power unto us. They want to control everything! So when you buy an Android phone, you’ll probably render it useless by doing something wrong with your Google Account. I didn’t buy a Google Account! I bought a phone! Well that means squat today, because a phone on Android means Google power. Man, how times have changed! Maybe I should switch back to Nokia, to the good old days…
If you didn’t know it by now, the Android system was bought by Google back in 2005. It makes sense that Google controls Android and thus your phone but is it normal though? Of course not! Let me tell you my story with this Android block. I bought my phone from a pawnshop. Totally legal, totally fair. The previous owner didn’t factory reset it’s phone so his accounts and data were still there. I even found a picture of his girlfriend showing her boobs. Anyway, I factory reset it and did not upload said picture on the Internet. Good guy me. I faced a problem with the login. I had to bypass that and explained it in Romanian in this article. It gave me a real scare but I managed to fix the situation. Yesterday, my mother’s Allview X3 Soul encountered the same problem. It seems that my 12 years old cousin had access on my mother’s laptop and by mistake she changed my mother’s Google Account password. That immediately shut down my mother’s cell phone. After the restart process, that error came up. I wasn’t able to bypass it like I did on my J5 because Allview makes shitty phones. The simple solution? I got on my mother’s laptop and managed to change the Google Account password and I logged in. After a successful login on the laptop, I entered the details on the phone and it worked just fine.
What I’m saying is that this stupid security measure in disguise is a big problem for the normal user, for that user that will most likely screw up something. That will render the user’s phone worthless and this is a huge damage to a legal property, bought in a right way. Google should really rethink this before, you know, the European Union threatens again with various measures and sanctions on stuff like this.
Until then, be very careful with your Google Account (always have a current phone number linked to the account) and be sure that when you buy something from a second-hand dealer you posses the skills to face such errors! If my mother would’ve bought her Allview phone from a pawnshop I wouldn’t really have had an option to bypass this situation.