Android is a great mobile operating system. The biggest setback for most Android users is the fear of how long their device will be supported by Google and the manufacturer in regards to Android updates and technical backing.
It seems as if most devices are ready to be replaced and consumers are pushed to get new Android-run mobile phones within or a little over a year’s time. Why isn’t it the same when it comes to laptops and desktop computers? Mainly because the manufacturers ensure long-term support and seeing how the price difference between flagship devices and top-range laptops can easily be compared, mobile phone manufacturers need to begin doing the same.
Android updates are crucial for the OS and the user alike. Without the ability to upgrade, Android users are faced with a traumatic situation of losing out on new app features, better stability of the OS and increased battery and processor performance. No one who spends hundreds of dollars on a brand new Android device should have to go through that.
Just some examples are the Nexus devices by Google. These devices are guaranteed an update for at least two years from the date of their release. Seeing how time really flies, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will not be getting Android updates beyond September 2017. Which is not that far away and users are still pretty happy with their devices.
And that’s Google. The company who actually made the Android OS. Just imagine the limited support devices made by manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, LG and Motorola get.
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Apple Doing Better in the Updates Category
Hands down, Apple has a far better reputation when it comes to providing support for their mobile phones and tablets. iOS receives updates in sync and on time, as compared to the mystery which always confines Android users on when their Android device will get an update.
Amazingly, the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 are still being supported by Apple. Most Apple devices have received updates and regular software support for over 50 months! Android updates have never gotten even close to that number for even a number of flagship devices.
Android Updates a Problem Because of Manufacturers Laziness?
You can call it laziness or corporate greed or whatever else you want, but the fact is that most Android devices are lucky to get any sort of support for two or more years. The cheaper your Android mobile phone is, the quicker a manufacturer like Samsung will take it off the list of devices to be updated. Maybe they do want you to throw it out and get a new one, but if you’re someone like me, it won’t be an Android next time.
To get a better understanding of the technicalities that go behind Android updates, take a look at this infographic created by HTC. It is pretty interested and nevertheless, will give you better insight into the process from the viewpoint of the manufacturer.