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Which version of Android is your smartphone running on?

0. phoneArena 10 Jun 2014, 02:34 posted on

The long road of new Android versions from announcement to an actual release on a myriad of devices across the globe has been a subject of ridicule from the Apple faithful for a long while…

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posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:18

111. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


For the first time in 3 years I give you a thumbs up. :P

Thanks for the agreement.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:52 3

23. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Motorola already said that they are going to give one major update guarenteed . This is a minor update!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:59 2

28. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


This is one of the reasons I'm thinking about switching to an iPhone in the fall; they continue to give updates even to their older devices. For example, the iPhone 4s will be 3 years old in the fall and it's still getting the IOS 8 update. You wouldn't find something like that on android devices not even with the Nexus lines which stop updates after 18 months.

Do you know the update range for windows phones?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:22 6

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You forget that not only does Apple cut big features out of the updates it throws onto older phones, but the "3 year old" phones that get the updates can't run worth a sh-hi-hit at that point, because "optimization" is a word Apple only remembers for its newest and second newest devices.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:45

37. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I agree, with the iOS update system that just drop newer iOS features on the older phones and claim that they all get the newer versions of the OS.

as for Windows phone, it's hard to say, Windows phone 7 was released around November 2010 and none of these devices get updates to Windows phone 8, they did get updates to Windows phone 7.8 as recently as March 2013(probably mostly security patches by then?), though I have doubts how many devices would have gotten it.

Windows phone 8 was released supposedly October 2012, all Windows phone 8 devices are *supposed to wind up getting Windows phone 8.1 eventually, in addition Microsoft have claimed that Windows phone 8 will receive updates until as late as January 2016.

When Microsoft released Windows phone 8.1 to oems anyone could sign up to an app studio account for free to receive it as an update as part of their dev preview thing, skipping the wait on the phone manufacturers.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:27

84. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


WP has apparently stopped burning bridges and may be the better choice for you.
If you only upgrade every three, you'll see same fragmentation of being left behind in updates as well in iPhone camp.
Older phones may get updates, but in name mostly, not features.
Usually resulting in buggy and laggy usage.
Just saying.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 15:49

100. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I see, thank you all for the input. I may consider a windows phone after all. The only problem with windows phones is that they appear to be behind in terms of hardware. Their latest flagship coming in the summer, Nokia Lumia 930 is coming with a snapdragon 800 processor despite the fact that the 805 processor is making a debut in the fall.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 16:38

104. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I don't you'll ever notice that in usage honestly.

I would not go less then a S800, if I was going that direction though.
May not be needed so much as just a security blanket of sorts.

Nexus fan, just mentioning.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 16:41

114. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


We'll see, I'm on T-mobile and they tend not to get WP flagships. I was reading an article that mentioned that the Lumia 930 might be a Verizon exclusive.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 01:48

115. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Looks like I won't have to wait for the Lumia 930 after all. Evleaks claims that Microsoft is releasing a high end Lumia phone in November for T-mobile, AT&T and Verizon. It's rumored to come with the snapdragon 805 chip, Adreno 420, 5.2 inch screen (561 PPI) and 3D touch type technology similar to the x-box Kinnect.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 06:09

49. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3040; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


No need to get a custom rom or build one yourself. Your S3 LTE (I9305) does get kitkat officially from Samsung. I think it's already available since the US S3 already has kitkat.

http://www.sammobile.com/2014/05/07/heres-a-list-of-samsung-devices-getting-the-android-4-4-kitkat-update/

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 06:24

51. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I am well aware it's on their charts to be getting it, but the i9305 model's version has NOT been found anywhere yet and isn't on sammobile yet either.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 06:09

50. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3040; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Double entry

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 15:36

99. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I have an SGS3 as well running 4.3. I'm quite happy with it and plan to use it for another year or so. The really big update for the SGS3 was 4.1 with project butter. I haven't really noticed much difference between 4.1 and 4.3. There isn't anything I saw on 4.4 that I felt I really had to have.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:05

7. csoulr666 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


My Wildfire S came with Gingerbread but I run Kitkat on it

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:05

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Still a few people at Froyo?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:17 14

10. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, I think some of the haters still are.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:28

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, that's what I was thinking. I find it funny, since in most places around the world you almost have to try to still be on Froyo these days.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:33

18. MacWiNux (Posts: 119; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


yes i'm one of those i don't mind upgrading it since i only use it for call and texting...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:52 1

68. naveenstuns (Posts: 173; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


then you are the dumbest one to buy a smartphone.. lol go get a Nokia 3310

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:59

81. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


You've had 14 phones and most recent is GB based?
Seems strange that you'd be a buyer then go an stagnate on purchases.
Can happen, but even now contact should have ran out an upgrades are free for the thrifty if you don't need the greatest.
So yeah, somewhat loaded poll.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:04 1

29. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I dont think anybody on PA is below Android 4.0, coz all here are nerds. I'm on Jelly bean 4.1.2. (Although I'll root tommorrow & get Android 4.4.2 kitkat also). People voting for below 4.0 are iFans i guess

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:03 3

56. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


HAHAHA I find this comment so funny. So now that you see first hand how many people are not running the lastest version of Android its now Apple people ganging up to throw off the results, Priceless!!!

1. KitKat is trending at over 50%, because we all know if your Phonearena your probably a techy which means your going to push to run the lastest and greatest. Nothing wrong with that.

2. KitKat globally is running on less than 20% of phones (Google's numbers not Apple's) so this shows how mis-leading this survey is.

3. Im still laughing at the iFan comment.

4. Working in the real mobile retail world you will find out how many people don't know or care about updating their phones. Honestly that 50% number in the real world is Gingerbread because I see at least 5 phones a day running it.

5. Im running 4.4.2 Moto X (US)

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:15

61. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


*I meant to say Jellybean* my mistake

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:32 3

66. Awalker (Posts: 1578; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It's not misleading at all. They're asking their readers what version they're on and most are on Kitkat and Jellybean. Phandroid.com asked the same question a month ago and 90 percent of readers was on Kitkat. Those who follow tech want the latest version. I'm not sure the general public cares or knows what version they're on as long as the phone works. And Google has removed a lot of core functions from AOSP and put them in the Play Store so they can easily update it.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 12:29 2

93. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


#4. You're right, most people don't care. The people on this site that do seem to care the most are people who don't use Android. Those of us that do, don't care that much because most of us are on Jellybean or newer so the difference isn't that much.

But if you're pushing the worn out 'fragmentation' argument, those numbers mean the world to you.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:13 1

9. N3Z1droid (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


4.4.2 with Note 3 & Z2

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 12:41 1

94. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Same here to, N3 and Z2

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:18 9

11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Half of the KitKat voters are die-hard fans without KitKat.,

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:20

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Most likely

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