I am beginning to really hate android
January 12, 2018 8:55am CST
About 4 pr 5 years ago I bought a Nexus 7 tablet running android. The tablet is easy to operate, but I have no in depth understanding of android. Yesterday my lack of android knowledge became a major problem. The Nexus 7 tablet refused to boot and kept stopping at a page displaying the android robot with the message “No command”. Eventually I checked online for any advice or solution available. Many sites gave the same advice about performing a factory reset, so I followed the instructions and reset it. Despite repeatedly telling me that the reset was successful, the device would still not boot. At this point I decided to install Ubuntu onto the tablet and went online for instructions. I installed the required protocols onto my laptop and connected the tablet via USB. When I entered the relevant commands into a terminal on my laptop the system could not find the tablet. It seems that the device has to have USB debugging enabled in order to be seen by my computer. I spent hours online searching for a solution, but every site suggested setting USB debugging via the tablet settings, which was impossible since the tablet would not boot. Even sites offering instructions of how to install Ubuntu onto a device that will not boot still suggested enabling USB debugging on the tablet first. After hours of repeatedly running the factory reset it finally began to boot, but remained at that state for a couple of hours. I left the device booting and went to bed, but it was still attempting to boot when I awoke today. For some unknown reason it did eventually boot up this morning, so I have now set USB debugging and will install Ubuntu later.
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Android does have a learning curve, and it's known to be more buggy. iOS works better if you seek simplicity and problem free operations, although Apple products are more expensive. I was using iPhones for years, until I got bored and switched to Android. Although I don't want to go back to iOS and I am very happy with Android, I understand your frustration. I hope your Ubuntu installation goes smoothly.
I installed Linux on many PDAs/phones/tablets with a preference for Angström GPE, but a major problem is the power consumption needed, 2 or 3 times more than for Android, limiting seriously the interest. Any Linux console software can be compiled for Android, and many Linux software have been adapted, it is the choice I have made now : I use console versions of FFMPEG, SOX, etc on Android. The last tablet where I installed linux was an Android 2.2 tablet, I would not do it again.