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Poll results: Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?

Posted: , by Florin T.

Poll results: Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?

Last week, we published a poll that asked readers to vote whether they were planning to switch to another smartphone OS this year or not. Because, you know, competition in the smartphone space is now fiercer than ever.

We received nearly 2,000 votes (1,948 to be exact), and it turns out that quite a lot of people are content with their current OS: 1060 users (54.41%) voted against switching: “No, I'm happy with what I'm using, and I don't think other OSes have what I need.”

638 users (32.75%) opted for switching their smartphone OS, though, or at least for planning to do so. Not all want to do it because they’re bored or tired of their current OS. Another reason is that the hardware they want doesn't use the OS they want.

Finally, 12.83% of voters (meaning 250 people) stated that they’re already using multiple smartphone OSes on a daily basis - so they kind of perpetually switching between platforms.

Is anyone surprised by the poll’s results?

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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

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posted on 09 Apr 2014, 20:36 4

1. DaHarder (Posts: 168; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Nope!

No plans to switch.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:07 1

40. sgodsell (Posts: 1287; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Android still has the best options. It also has the most hardware and best price range. I am getting the new S5. It is going to be my altimeter in my ultralight, then it is my TV remote, mp3 player, video player, and so much more.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:01

42. amasog (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


so???

oh & where do you "need" the s5?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 20:37 3

2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 802; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I switch between Android and Windows Phone... Seems like our choices have dwindled to the last "Big Three." I am willing to give iOS another shot (after using and losing - on purpose - an iTouch) if the OS develops and is delivered on a larger form factor (which leaks are showing to be true.)

If not, seems like my next phone will be the next Nokia flagship on T-Mobile.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:01 2

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The only thing that would get me using iOS 8 would be if the iP6 has true OIS. If VZW had a version of the L1520, I would get one, but otherwise, I will probably stick with my Maxx.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 02:31 2

24. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I too have both Android (S4) and Windows Phone (Lumia 1520). Would love to get an IOS gadget (iPad) but finally settled with Tab Pro 8.4 for Multitasking, Amazing Screen and Storage Flexibility.

I'll consider getting IPhone6 (my last IOS was iPhone4) to replace the S4 if the iPhone has much improvement over the 5S (especially the screen size).

Excited on WP8.1 (Cortana!) and if I get the iPhone6. I'll soon have my own Cortana vs Siri goin. lol

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 20:41 8

3. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Happy with Android....but I like the strides WP is making. I dont know about BB anymore.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 20:42 8

4. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Tried android = great customization but buggy
Currently on IOS = great apps, less bugging, but lack of customization.
Future WP8.1.....to be continued.
The OS is important but the hardware is important to!! Nokia is my top choice because apple is lacking in the screen and camera

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:02 9

6. jmill75 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Jul 2009)


Buggy??

Haven't had a single bug on my M8, Moto X etc...Not saying there isn't but your comment makes it sound as if the OS itself is more buggy than another.

You do realize, KK trumped iOS7 in stability right?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:42 3

19. Havok125 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


"You do realize, KK trumped iOS7 in stability right?" Says who??? In real world application there is a difference and yes Android is buggy. Before you start saying I'm a fanboy know that I am using a Note 3 and I left a 5S for it. Android "is" buggy but not to say it doesn't do the job. I love the big screen and speed is about the same to me. Wondering why in real work application and use, the iPhone without the 3GB of ram that my Note 3 has is smoother. All in all, I'm sticking it out with my Note 3 because there are just too many pros versus cons.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 02:45 4

26. o0Exia0o (Posts: 398; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


SAYS WHO?? SAYS WHO????

I'll just leave these here for you to read:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.x-is-more-than-twice-as-stable-as-iOS-7.1_id54459

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/03/27/report-gingerbread-highest-crash-rate-android-ios-7-1-stable-ios-version/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=profeed&utm_reader=feedly

http://pages.crittercism.com/rs/crittercism/images/crittercism-mobile-benchmarks.pdf

Have a good day.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:09

30. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


See there is your problem, you are showing him objective tests. They only believe in their gut feeling and what the ghost of jobs told them in their sleep. Talking points and marketing bullets is their whole scope of knowledge. At the end of the day even when their world of lies and deceit is crumbling around them, they go to their ultimate pillar of support....the fact that Apple is making more money off their idiot asses than any other company. That...and that alone is what sustains them now, knowing they are taking it in the back harder than others.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:40 3

32. papss (unregistered)


Listen... He is talking about his personal experience and then is shown a survey? Come on now.. You fandroids are so ridiculous sometimes. His opinion is HIS..

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:09 2

34. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


You said: "He is talking about his personal experience and then is shown a survey?"

That guy that is Havok125 said in his comment: ""You do realize, KK trumped iOS7 in stability right?" Says who???".

tldr; he asked for it.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:23

45. Havok125 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


An article written by a site doesn't change real life application.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 20:21

48. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 802; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


To be fair, I own a Nexus 5 and Kit Kat is not nearly as stable as WP8 on my Lumia 925.

I cannot compare Kit Kat to iOS7, and I am not dissatisfied with Kit Kat... But 0.07% may be a misleading number in my experiences.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:05

39. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


He is a windows phone fanboy currently on ios cos wp is far from practical...Android is a world he doesn't understand hence buggy...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:30

46. Havok125 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Funny how when my test message app doesn't open when I click on it is something that I don't understand. When someone points out how Android has flaws automatically you use your vast knowledge against people who don't understand. Get over yourself and realize you are as brain washed as you say apple users are. I expect my phone to work when I need it to and honestly android doesn't deliver 100% just like every OS because no phone or OS is perfect. Android users have this false mentality of superiority over other OS users. I wonder how many times you need to tell yourself that to help you sleep at night. Ignorance is bliss so keep on enjoying.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 19:01

47. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Oh your te's't message app? Did you code it? No surprise it doesn't open:)...
In Android text message has been integrated with hangouts app long back try that... Works like a charm for us...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:12

41. Sealblaighter (Posts: 55; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What kind of device is the M8? Do you mean the HTC One M8?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:02

5. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I'm still deciding whether to wait for iPhone 6 or not. I definitely loved ios when I was on it and most of my friends have it so imessage is great but I can't deal with 4 inch screen.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:02

7. wilsong17 (Posts: 958; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Now why would I switch my mini laptop the note 3 you must be smoking

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:02 9

8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1947; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Nope!! I'm all windows phone OS

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:05 9

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm switching from android to wp soon. #930

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 02:31 4

25. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I bought a Nokia lumia 920 last year and this year i'm gonna buy the lumia 930.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:53 4

36. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


I currently have a galaxy s2 great phone but I wp is what I am goin to switch to this summer whan I am done with my college and I am goin to get the lumia 920 soon

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:43

49. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That's great, i think that the Nokia lumia 920 is REALLY cheap these days.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:15

10. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


happy with ios but mine is jailbroken. No SD card makes it really hard to stay on iphone though.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:24 2

11. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I have always been an android fanboy and probably always will be (unless Ubuntu touch picks up some ground).....iOS 7 does look good visually but I'm just a development junky and couldn't live with a idevice

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:58

37. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Great compaction the 720 is one the best wp phones ever to date and I am switching from android to wp this summer

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:01

38. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Sorry wrong post

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:52

12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


If I did not try out the iPhone 5s last year I would have said yes; I would switch. But as it stands Android is the superior more flexible OS.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:54

13. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Switch, um no.I don't think so this year.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 21:59

14. Stuntman (Posts: 730; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Not switching for my personal phone. Switching from BlackBerry to iOS for work. Not my call at work as I don't really have a choice. Have to use what they give me.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:05 1

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Android forever

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:13

17. haikallp (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Juggling with WP and Android at the moment. Though I'm using my Android device (Nexus 5) more. Will get a 930 once my contract ends in August. Not planning on getting an iOS device any time soon.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:26

18. Kishin (Posts: 617; Member since: 30 May 2013)


iOS all day everyday.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:57

20. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Galaxy S4 & Lumia 720. I will continue to use both. No intention of ever going for iOS.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 02:05 1

22. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


I agree, I plan on getting the Nokia Lumia 930 a huge upgrade from my Lumia 520. I only use a Android / Nexus 7 for tablet purposes and games,

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 02:04 3

21. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Switched from Android to Windows Phone 8 in March, loving every bit of it so far. Could use a bit more app development and features but what they have is GREAT. Excited for Windows Phone 8.1.

Just funny how my higher end Androids I used lacked battery, performance and especially affordability. I get what I had with Android for 100s less. Spent $67 for my Nokia 520 and works excellent for an entry level. Cant do that with Android, $65 gets you GARBAGE!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 02:29 3

23. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I LOVE MY WINDOWS PHONE.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:04

27. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


If you have the money, try all 3 major platforms.

Phone: android

Tablet: iOS

Portable Cam: Lumia 1020

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:39

28. GMS85 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


YES. I'll give apple another chance...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 04:13 3

29. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2040; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Loving WP on my L1520 & 520! No plans to switch to any other OS ever.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:23 1

31. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


using 2 currently, Lumia820 and Moto G...
Android is buggy as sh*t, even though it is a fresh install of the OS, I still have apps crushing all the times
WP8, more stable, no crushes, but lacks BBM, which is a deal breaker for me...moreover, notificatios on WP8 are sh*t, very limited control and no notification center, let's see how it goes with 8.1

that's why I keep both

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:48

50. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


BBM is coming to windows phone in few weeks.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:43

33. papss (unregistered)


I currently have a L1520 and a M8 so ill stick with them. No apple this year no matter what they bring out.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:25

35. dome888 (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


still waiting for Android 4.3" 1080p with good battery life

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:49

51. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


and after 1 year..."still waiting for android 4.3"

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:40 1

43. pookiewood (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Lumia 920. Not going anywhere.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:50

52. sip1995 (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Me too, but i'll buy the Lumia 930 in X-Mas.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:07 1

44. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I switched to a Lumia 928 (Icon) after I cracked my third Galaxy Note II screen. The OEM lasted 7 months, the refurbished units last on average 2. I'm not knocking Samsung build quality, just Verizon's Refurbishing process

I do enjoy windows phone, and its ability to integrate all of the services I use into the OS and not require apps. That being said, every single app, besides some Xbox games, are 100% terrible, and if you cant adapt to using Microsoft's infrastructure, this is NOT for you.

Looking forward to the App store getting some actual contenders, definitely limits the functionality of the smartphone.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:04

53. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"if you cant adapt to using Microsoft's infrastructure, this is NOT for you."

Thumbs up...because I agree with this in general...not just MS. In a way they you have to adapt to whatever mobile platform you use. Google its Gmail....as your login and back up/restore is tied to it. It may can be done other ways...buts its easier thru Google.

Apple....I think many of us know about adapting to that...or not adapting...as I despise iTunes. And that just came from using it on desktops....I didnt even wanna try on phones.

I like Android the most because right now its the most flexible. Customization, I can make it as simple or as complicated as I want....the choice is mine. Even with Google Experience, Experience type phones going more to the no sd card route.... Android OEMs still have sd card options.

IMO that was one area MS dropped the ball when WP was first launched...it had a hybrid storage system ...a mix of Win Mo/Android and iOS. I kept say...MS pick one...they finally did I think.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:20

54. maulgandhi (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


I big plans this year. Switch to nexus (I hope to see HTC nexus phone or a tablet). Well i have a note 3 atm, and im liking it except the part i can't install custom roms on it. I had enough with touchwiz. Plus there is so much bloatware on the phone, literally two apps of everything. Samsung is competing with Google with their version of Apps. I have invested so much in play store and it makes sense to use Google's version of apps. not to forget Google apps are better and smoother. 99% i am likely to switch to nexus phone, and get nexus tablet and android wear.
P.S. dont forget carrier version of apps. At&t is also competing with maps, cloud service, contacts back up and more.

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