Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?
It’s not uncommon to see users switching between iOS, Android and Windows Phone (by the way, Windows Phone 8.1 will probably be introduced later today). Not to mention users leaving BlackBerry for any of the three platforms mentioned above. What’s more, there are quite a few newly-born smartphone platforms out there, including Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, and Ubuntu Touch.
Of course, there are users who already own at least two smartphones with different OSes - we’ve added an option for this in the poll below. Cast your votes, and add your comments to tell us why you're planning to switch - or why not, if that's the case.
- Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?
638 votes (638 votes) Yes, I'm getting tired of the OS I'm using at the moment
1060 votes (1060 votes) No, I'm happy with what I'm using, and I don't think other OSes have what I need
250 votes (250 votes) I am already using multiple OSes on a daily basis
1. Lt.Green (Posts: 371; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
If WP 8.1 lives up to expectations, then I just might ditch Android.
17. MrKoles (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Since I don't prefer tiles I'll never say WP is great, but there are still people who prefer simplicity over functionality...
Android isn't leaving place for WP, the only competitor worth to mention is iOS, but it's somewhat luxurious for the average European person.
20. Finalflash (Posts: 1720; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
I'd switch to WP if they weren't behind all other OSes by several years. Don't know why they still haven't caught up on features or apps yet.
21. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
You can make android as dumb as WP. Just install WP launcher, install alternative animations, and there you have WP with better apps
26. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I've tried many WP launchers, too many things wrong with the launcher. Better to make the switch for those preferring WP8.
27. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Can you give me an exempel of what is wrong with them. Why would anyone choose such an inclosed OS is beyond me, and here I was thinking that humans put freedom pretty high on the list.
29. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
they don't run smoothly, clicking on some tiles do nothing but with other tiles, they load so slow. obviously apps don't launch with WP interface. tiles don't look clear. there's more, try it
31. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
What kind of phone do you own because I tried once a WP launcher on my SGS1 and it ran smoothly
33. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Nexus 5. I tried like 5 launchers. nothing to do with my phone. try on your current phone
34. iampayne (Posts: 236; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
The freedom comes from freely choosing which OS you want. Some people are completely content with a flip phone does that impede on their freedom? Im sure when you mention freedom your speaking of customization, which is very low on many people's list.
47. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
What I don't get is why you would want something that everyone else has. Don't you want to be original? If you buy a WP you are stuck with what you get and can't change that in any way (you can reorder tiles wow). But with android you get the chance to make the system to your own personal taste. Everything from changing colour of the status bar to changing the icons.
61. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 739; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
For the average European person?
63. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 739; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Just wondering if you think the average European person can't afford an iPhone.
66. MrKoles (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Do you think Europe only consists of the rich western part?
19. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Until, they have 'rooting' option, I am staying put...Android has way too many options to ignore..
44. MrKoles (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
What standards have you set up?
Other OS's are multiple times forward WP and still faster improving.
WP is playing a neverending catch-up game...
39. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
If WP can sideload apps, change theme, has widgets, and many features that android has, then I'm in.
42. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
This is silly. What expectations? it's trying to play catch up with android.
46. Ashoaib (Posts: 1924; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I switched from ios to andriod in 2013 and it was the best move, so I am not seeing myself to change from andriod at the moment
51. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
WP is making some nice strides...I find myself reading up more on WP than the iPhone lately. Usually its to combat the fanboys...now its just general interest.
iPhone info is just to combat fanboys...lol.
3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1829; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Chit NO!!! especially with wp8.1 coming
4. Beijendorf (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Keep it simple, PhoneArena. I'm switching OS because the hardware I want doesn't use the OS I want. Not because I'm bored with the OS.
Have a simple "Yes" or "No" option.
6. allawi (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
I am using Windows os on my Lumia and Android on my samsung tab, so I am really satisfied.
7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1829; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
40.54% must be android and Ios users, (the fisrt choice) lol ., I'm just trolling y'all...
8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
More than happy with Android and probably going to continue using it. iPhone 6 seems cool, and I really like iPad Air, so I guess that I might change phone or tablet to iOS.
9. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
Not a fan of iOS, but I'm very much flattered by the fluidity of WP. The lack of apps, and the ugly tiles on the home screen refrains me from jumping its ship. The absence of slide-down notification bar is a deal-breaker, too.
55. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
It has a slide down notification bar, center now.
Its part of the 8.1 update.
10. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
The iphone 6 might be cool but it's lacking in hardware for it's camera and I'm a shutter bug. I have YouTube so I have google play already. Itunes for ios and xbox account for windows. Basically I can switch back and forth os each one has it's good and bad. I'm going to WP when the 1820 comes out. Keep using itunes and YouTube.
15. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Iphone 6 is not even out yet and it is already lacking in hardware??? Iphone always has one of the best possible hardware if not the best.
60. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
I'm only saying this from it's rumors. I'm not trying to troll apple but my iphone 5S is lacking in some features. Nothing personal
12. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 357; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
No other OSs are offering what I want aside from Android right now.
13. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yes. From MeeGo to Android lol
16. nlbates66 (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
my answer would be yes, but I wouldn't say it's necessarily because i'm tired of my current phone OS (not that harsh anyway) but simply because I had decided before buying my Galaxy S III that my next phone after it would be a Windows phone, and this is the year.
18. Amir1 (Posts: 262; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
from IOS to SONY android FLAGSHIP. yes please. no more itunes and ios!!! whoo hoo!!! can't wait.
64. GBPN15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)
Such a smart pick. U wouldn't be bad with One either.
Source: Changed from iPhone to Z1.
23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 854; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I use all the main ones so I'm good. I am curious to try out Ubuntu though.
24. pookiewood (Posts: 582; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Sticking with Windows Phone. The M8 looks enticing but I'm staying put! GIVE ME A 930!!
25. BenCjamin (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 May 2011)
At the moment there really aren't any OS systems that compare to Androids versatility, Customization and features. I like some of the things windows has going for it but the tiles & horrible app store is a deal breaker.
28. isprobi (Posts: 197; Member since: 30 May 2011)
I am not truly satisfied with Android but it is the only OS that is not tied to a single hardware maker. Technically Windows Phone is open but Nokia has a big advantage over the others due to its relationship with Microsoft. I really like BB10 but I found AT&T's support for it to be poor. So for now Android on my Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the best OS and hardware combination I can find. If I had to choose something else I guess it would be a Nokia 1520. But I really do not like those tiles.
30. rayman173 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Like the other above me, I will consider switching to a Lumia 1520 if Windows 8.1 updates pan out
32. jellmoo (Posts: 665; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
It really depends on what happens in the next few months. I've been very disappointed in the direction of the latest Android flagships. They are oversized for the screen size they offer, and in the case of the M8, a step back in a few key areas. They simply do not meet my needs.
I will be waiting to see what's coming from Apple and Motorola. If Apple presents a really compelling iPhone with a 4.7 inch screen, it may be a strong temptation. If Motorola presents a strong successor for the Moto X (my favourite handset of 2013 by a mile), then I would likely stay with Android.
WIndows Phone is also a possibility, but gets next to no support from my carrier (Bell) that it's a tough path for me to take.
52. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I think its not good to chase the flagships and just get what you want. If flagship is what you want...thats different.
I am more than pleased with the Moto G. Except for storage. And because I am a big Moto fan...my next phone might be the Moto X if their next phone doesnt get my attention. I was thinking about getting a Bionic recently...lol.
Since I am doing the pre paid thing...my next phone will be GSM. Much wider and better selection...and better service. I currently use Boost. WP, Nokia have an advantage for pre paid because the Lumias are really good, cheap phones to be on pre paid carriers.
Still shocked Apple is offering the iPhone for damn near full price on pre paid carriers. Or the discount is still high. Shows they really only care about making a buck.
35. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
1. Already bought apps on Google Play.
2. Already have an iPad lying around.
3. Android (and just 4.1/4.2 at that) works well enough and suffices my needs.
4. I usually cycle around a 2.5 year cycle and I only just swapped to a limited edition XPERIA A (japanese ZR) a few months ago.
And for auxillary sakes Windows Phone and BBX don't particularly appeal to me (though I by no means doubt I can live with them).
53. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yup for 1.
If I had bought apps on Win Mo....it wouldnt have mattered since Win Mo is basically dead now. My Android apps....some ppl dont understand how much ecosystem plays a part. if I would to one day get an Apple or WP mobile device...I would have to:
Make sure I dont get overlapping apps if I plan on using more than 1 OS.
Try to balance my spending on each OS.
But....sticking with Android....I can get a tablet...hope the developer made it so their app scales to tablets...and not have to invest much in tablet software. Even if it doesnt scale...I can still use it without much hassle.
Google making it so that Android apps can scale to tablet use was a great thing.
36. iampayne (Posts: 236; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I think this should have just said OS instead of smart phone OS. I know a lot of people that multiple OSes when using tablets and smartphones; Android phone iOS tablet for example. you wouldnt need to switch in that case.
Also I think you should do a poll on that. When it comes to your smart phone and tablet do you have both the same or different. That would be an interesting poll.
37. tedkord (Posts: 4719; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Unfortunately, right now there is nothing that meets my needs /wants better than Android. But I'm always on the lookout.
38. cR203 (Posts: 188; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
Android is the only OS I will ever need. I've been using it since it's early days( 2.1 eclair to be exact). It's has gotten so much better and it continues to get better. I will never leave android.
40. PorkyBurger (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Ugh, I don't know. I will see about Android on high-end device, because clearly Galaxy Ace 2 + TouchWiz is killing my experience with it. Sluggish, buggy even with firm. updates...oh my... If even that will dissapoint me, then clearly WP 8.1 as a phone and iOS for my tablet. No doubts then.
41. antonioli (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
I don't want to change and I even don't want to change to another smartphone of the same OS. I didn't see anything so wonderful to thing about that.
45. MiAnyemi (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)
Well, i have no intentions of switching from android, at leat not now. The customisation it offers is enough to make it look lively all the time. Having said that though, i wouldn't mind trying my hands on WP 8.1 on a high-end smartphone like the lumia 1020 or 1520.
54. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
One beauty of Android...I can put a WP or iOS launcher, home screen replacement on it and have it look like other phones.
Even some that are not them like are nice. I have a few I paid for...and they look, function so different a few people thought I had a new phone.