The results are out! Android software updates: how happy are you with your manufacturer?
0. phoneArena 20 Feb 2014, 08:02 posted on
Timely software updates in the world of Android have, as the time has gone by, grown into a full-fledged tool for differentiation between the many manufacturers, and more importantly -- a considerable advantage. In an industry characterized with being at the very wave of technology, any kind of compromise is hard to swallow, and exposes the company behind it to risk. Falling behind on Android, it seems, is a sure-proof way to deter consumers from your products, and there's more pressure than ever for handset makers to keep up...
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3. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Just wish they made a 6 inch version of the phone
16. tokuzumi (Posts: 252; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
Sony Xperia *Something* Google Play Edition
15. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
you all "same here" guys could have liked the original comment!
20. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)
htc one and very happy with the updates and i have a note 3 from samsung still waiting for an update.
2. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Updates for me are excellent...for anyone dissatisfied there is always XDA...
5. rawbow (Posts: 407; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
It's really not an update if you gotta break your balls in XDA which is good btw . OTA counts as an update. The rest are working cracks and fix ups.
22. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Naw, it is fun modding your phone and flashing ROMs...
25. 1701nino (Posts: 236; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Nah it's not fun,it's very uncomfortable,i always get nervous when i mess around with my phone,cause if i brick my nexus 4 back to the stone age for me.Wife says NO NO to a new phone.And you seem to forget that roms can be pretty unstable,heck i had problems with my jailbroken ipad 2 (evasion) and hat to unjailbreak it,most people don't even know what and how to do this thats why they are stuck on their stock firmware maybe updating it OTA here and there.
4. ReaperChief (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Galaxy S4.. happy with everything except for some features that aren't really critical priority such as waterproofing and better build quality..
6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 759; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
HTC One owner and more than satisfied, been using kitkat for months now HTC really stepped up their game regarding updates last year.
12. Gulliver (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
I am usually happy with the polls you PA do, but I am sorry, this time it is a bit non sense.
"how happy are you with your manufacturer?" and not manufacturer you can point to show your satisfaction level. Its like comparing apples and pears ... no offence :)
13. iyngr (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
Its the LG I'm unhappy with. G Pro hasn't seen an update since launch and they're all ready to release the next iteration..
17. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
ummmm....U talking of Optimus G Pro or G Pro lite?
18. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
All you rooted people stop the false tells,this article is for OTA updates,
19. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Im on 4.3 on the Z1 and im quite happy about it, 4.4 will add more stuff, but I can use most of it on 4.3 (included the Google edition launcher and the 4.4 camera with photo sphere)
21. Deaconclgi (Posts: 220; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I am ok with the OS versions what I am NOT ok is with silly oversights that make apps incompatible on phones that have the same or vastly superior hardware. It makes NO sense that Asphalt 8 isn't compatible on my G2 but is on my Nexus 5 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I have been dealing with App fragmentation for YEARS!!!!!!
I have bought several apps that worked on my HTC One S years ago that are not compatible with my newer phones..hint hint...EA games such as Mass Effect and NBA Jam..
It would be nice if Google would enforced an app compatibility model similar to PCs where it was based on the hardware, where there are minimum requirements and as long as your device meets the minimum requirements to install it, it should be installable with your experience varying.
It is a shame that my Snapdragon 800 devices cannot run apps that ran perfect on a Snapdragon S3 due to the dreaded "This app is not compatible with your device". What does that even mean? I have the latest OS and the latest hardware....did Joe developer forget to click LG G2/Nexus 5 in the multi-thousand list of Android devices?
It shouldn't be up to a check box to determine app compatibility when the OS and hardware are more than capable. No, PC devs don't check every hardware setup, OEM and so forth, they build software that runs with a minimum OS and hardware requirement and go up from there.
I don't care if I have Android 4.0, 4.4, 9.5, if my hardware can run it and it requires Android 2.3........I should be able to run it.
23. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
My kids have that problem with their 4th generation ipods as some apps do not work on them - that is how companies 'persuade' you to upgrade...
24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5578; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
aka 'Planned' obsolescence.... Just not planned by the device owner.
26. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 320; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Even though I own a Nexus 5 I can't honestly say I'm happy with the eighteen month policy.
31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3935; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
You realize it's an at *least* 18 month policy, right? You are guaranteed 18 months of support, but will most likely get more. The Galaxy Nexus got 21 months of support, and got dropped because of lack of official drivers from Texas Instruments. Since Qualcomm shows no signs of stepping out of the mobile business like TI did, they'll more than likely support the S800 in the Nexus 5 for more than 2 years.
32. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 320; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
I seriously hope you're right but I have doubts, if the lack of official drivers was the reason then why didn't Google state that and apologize?
Also, I just checked and the Nexus S was also updated for 21 months, development may have been started within the eighteen month window and finished after it. We'll see how rigid the policy is sometime after April, but as of now I'm not comfortable with it.
27. Jason78 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
I bought a Nokia E5 just before Nokia announced they were killing symbian. Then I bought a Motorola Photon 4G just before Motorola announced they were breaking their promise to support all phones for 2 years. I bought a Moto G just before the sale to Lenovo. So NO, I'm not happy with software updates.
28. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
100% satisfied with how well Moto has done with their new devices. I am one happy customer.
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3935; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Completely happy with Motorola. Already on 4.4, with 4.4.2 on the way.