For years, Android phone enthusiasts have been asking for phones running a clean, unadulterated version of the Operating System -- a.k.a stock Android. And for years, manufacturers have mostly lent a deaf ear to these requests, customising the frack out of Android in an attempt to control their fate. Not to say there are no benefits to a customized Android over stock -- the ultra power saving mode in Samsung and other Android phones, the built-in call recording feature in MIUI, or the one-handed mode seen in skins like the ASUS Zen UI are useful indeed. But these customisations come at a cost. Here are a few things that you gain with Stock Android:
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