the problem is it is then left up to the user to go through countless apps that don't end up working properly, until they find one that does. I went through about a dozen timer apps before I found one that continues the count-down while the screen was off. I then had the issue that the ones that actually worked were not aesthetically pleasing, and really did not fit in with the holo theme at all.
I have discussed this with many local Android users, most of whom were using either Nexus devices or AOSP ROMs, and they all agreed about the small basics that stock Android lack. App store or no app store, very basic features of pretty much any phone from the last decade are missing from Android.
Another example is a smart dialler.. AOSP (when I last used it at least) did not have a smart dialler built-in. These are however much easier to find working replacements for on the market than a count-down time, but I still had trouble finding one that would fit in well with holo.
Little things like this are what is missing from stock Android IMHO. Yes, you can eventually find apps that will give you this functionality, but how many end users WANT to have to search the market and try a dozen or more apps to find something that provides functionality that has been basic stock functionality on pretty much all their prior phones in the last decade? Just because they can, doesnt mean they should have to, or that they even want to. +Kwasi Bunsie
so.. If I don't like that stock Android lacks basic features of pretty much any phone from the last decade, I should stick with stock? Stock what? Stock Android? That is exactly the problem, and it is a legitimate concern and one that is not held only by myself. If you instead mean stock ROM on my HTC phone, well yes it does suit my personal needs more in its current state (though my device is not running stock firmware), but that does not in any way make my concerns regarding stock Android functionality any less legitimate