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Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?

Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?

Although we’re now in the second quarter of 2014, most smartphone users in need of a new handset have yet to decide on what to buy next. There are still flagship smartphones that haven't been properly released - like Samsung's Galaxy S5 - while other highly anticipated flagships, like the LG G3 and Apple's iPhone 6, will be announced later this year. This being said, we’re curious to know how many of our readers are planning to ditch their current smartphone OS for something new.

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.  

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Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?
32.75%
638 votes
(638 votes) Yes, I'm getting tired of the OS I'm using at the moment
54.41%
1060 votes
(1060 votes) No, I'm happy with what I'm using, and I don't think other OSes have what I need
12.83%
250 votes
(250 votes) I am already using multiple OSes on a daily basis

1948 votes

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:21 22

1. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


If WP 8.1 lives up to expectations, then I just might ditch Android.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:27 21

5. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


You are crazy!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:47 5

17. MrKoles (Posts: 368; 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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:57 5

20. Finalflash (Posts: 3204; 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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:59 13

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

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:10 1

26. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; 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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:20 2

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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:25

29. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; 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

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:30 1

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

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:36

33. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Nexus 5. I tried like 5 launchers. nothing to do with my phone. try on your current phone

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:52 1

34. iampayne (Posts: 322; 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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:20

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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:49 1

43. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Why would anybody do this? Sounds crazy.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:30

61. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3026; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


For the average European person?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 07:05

62. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Yes...whats the problem?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 07:32

63. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3026; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Just wondering if you think the average European person can't afford an iPhone.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:19

66. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Do you think Europe only consists of the rich western part?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:55 7

19. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Until, they have 'rooting' option, I am staying put...Android has way too many options to ignore..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:01 5

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wp is rising

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:52 4

44. MrKoles (Posts: 368; 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...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:10

39. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


If WP can sideload apps, change theme, has widgets, and many features that android has, then I'm in.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:34

42. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


This is silly. What expectations? it's trying to play catch up with android.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:47

46. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; 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

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:24 16

2. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'm happy with Android at the moment.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:48

51. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Same here....

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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:25 2

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Chit NO!!! especially with wp8.1 coming

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:26 2

4. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; 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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:28 4

6. allawi (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


I am using Windows os on my Lumia and Android on my samsung tab, so I am really satisfied.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:28

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


40.54% must be android and Ios users, (the fisrt choice) lol ., I'm just trolling y'all...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:28

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; 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.

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