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iPhones outlast Android phones two to three times when it comes to running the latest version of the OS

0. phoneArena 15 Oct 2013, 07:05 posted on

When you buy a new phone you probably run through all the reviews, the specs, the camera and so on, but rarely does a person consider just how long that device will actually…

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posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:40 5

18. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That's a really good article. I wonder why PA hasn't covered it...

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:46 6

20. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Really, really good article. It completely changed my opinions of Google and Android. Google is doing a lot of things right here. But, I have not seen any Android news site cover that article. It bothers me a lot. Come on PA, be an unbiased news site for once and cover these details in this article.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:42 9

19. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yup atleast if your android device gets updated it isn't missing features. Siri requiring 4s hardware is complete BS and Apple did it to make more $, they couldn't think of a new software gimmick for the 5S so they did 64bit, the fingerprint scannr and lie its 2x the power of the 5. Either way both the 5 and 5S lag and are buggy on IOS 7.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:47 1

32. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Really? You mean features like google now, which is only available on devices running 4.1+ . This is less than 50%

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:19 5

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


What he means is that the iPhone 4 for example its on the latest version and still can't use siri, any device that hgets 4.1 (for example) will have it regardless

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:33

76. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Awesome read, thanks NexusPhan

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:16 3

3. LoveHater (Posts: 178; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


IPHONEARENA.COM

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:32 1

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


How is this iPhoneArena.com? Apple did the right thing this time. I don't like Apple, but I must say that they done a very good job for updating their older devices to the latest iOS version.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:34 9

30. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


They don't give you all of the features on older devices. They give you some features of the new version and slap on the tag that they "update" their devices to the latest iOS version. That's not a whole system update. Nexus devices are better updated in that regard :)

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:00 3

35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


^ This.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:20 5

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Plus let's not talk about the performance issues these so called updates bring

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:45 5

49. LoveHater (Posts: 178; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


and the crashes it brings

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:35 1

106. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


They might as well give a Zero feature Update to the iPhone 3GS, 3G and Original, with absolutely no new features, but Only a change in Firmware Tag that reads iOS 7.0

And then they can claim that all iOS devices are updated

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:16 4

4. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Its called INNOVATION when it comes Android, one thing Apple seems to lack.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:21 1

7. jellmoo (Posts: 1699; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I... uh... What? What does that even have to do with the article?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:19 3

5. promise7 (Posts: 883; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


OS updates r the most important thing to me. If the hardware is able to handle the latest updates it should be updated. In Google's case I'm not sure they r totally responsible as they need to go through both the manufacturers, and carriers.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:33 3

14. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/balky-carriers-and-slow-oems-step-aside-google-is-defragging-android/

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:20 1

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 2071; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Look at how apple gives customer support, hands down apple for updating even your oldest devices while android already stops support after about 1-2 years. I've always hated apple but when it comes to software updates, there's no denying that apple has done a very good job, take note android

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:28 1

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't you mean "take note Google"? Android is just an operating system.
But I don't think it's Google's fault, it's the manufacturer's fault for not updating their devices to the latest version of Android. I'm talking about you LG and HTC.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:37 2

15. tiara6918 (Posts: 2071; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Manufacturers are lazy to update, they should learn from apple. This is one of the many reasons why customers become loyal to their brand

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:52 1

21. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Only Flagship android phones get VIP treatment.Other mid end & low end phones dont even get the light.Google should exclusively release Nexus devices in all the countries with update support expanded from 18 months to 24 months atleast.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:58 1

66. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10681; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


That is false. Many older Android phones don't have the space to run more recent versions of Android. For example, the HTC Thunderbolt has Geningerbread 2.6. However, it has the power of an iPhone 4. So why doesn;t it have Jelly Bean? Because its ROM is only 8GB, while todays Android takes up more than 8GB of space. If you ported Jelly Bean to it, you would have to remove a lot of features because it wont fit. WHich is a very good excuse. What is Apple's excuse? The iPhone 4 doesn't have Siri...why? The CPU in the is nearky identical to the 4. The only different is it is a dualcore version vs single. But it is the same CPU, same amount of RAM and everything else.

It is still not illegal to think for yourself. The reaosn you all think you are getting more us because you don't even compare what you are getting, you only look at a number. Oh God I have #7 it does more than a phone with #4. When in fact it doesn't.

Google from 2011 called, they want their iPhone 5S back.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:30

74. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


how did Google from 2011 called ?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:52 2

65. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10681; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Huh? Wait...The Galaxy S II is over 2 years old...in fact 2 models have been released since. Guess what, it still got updated to 4.1 Jelly Bean. Oh and here is another fact. Even after only being updated to 4.1.2, the Galaxy S II still does more than the present iPhone 5S.

The fact is sir, Android phones do so much out the box that even 2 years later they don't need updating because the only phone that has more features? Well is a newer model of an Android phone.

It doesn't matter than your phone has iOS 7. The iPhone 4 still doesn't have Siri which would be equal to Google Now. Yet a over 2 year old Android phone has GOogle Now? You know not of what you speak, because thinking is not something iFans do.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:32

75. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


If what you say is true how come the android phones dont sell well... try selling an iphone and an Android and see how your wonderful Android phone wlil get close to nothing

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:38

78. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


That's strange that you say that, because Samsung has been kicking apples @$$ in sales for almost 2 years now.

Weird how iPhoners have trouble backing up their outlandish statements with facts. If you'd like I will cite my statement as well.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:52

83. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


only because they are 100 Samsung devices...but if count flagship versus flagship.. I doubt it... is no secret iphones retain their value better than any Android out there... in the US you can now get a 'free' Galaxy S4 on T-Mo

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:22 2

9. jian9007 (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Well, technically it's correct if we measure from several generations back. Apple does usually do a decent job keeping the phones updated. However, with iOS 7, only the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C are compatible with ALL the features of iOS7. It can be ran with as far back as the iPhone 4, but not all features are supported. It's the carriers and OEM's that hold back the updates from Android, then tell the customers that it wouldn't be an improvement so they decided not to issue the update. It's why I use Nexus products instead.

As I said before, Apple does do a good job of keeping the phones updated. It is because they control the software and hardware and do not have a large variety of different phones (with different versions of software, hardware, drivers, etc.) to update. Android has issues with updates because of all the different OEM's that use it. It's a blessing and a curse with using it, and the price to pay for the plethora of phones you get to pick from.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:25 7

10. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Considering that Android is more comprehensive regarding internal components, operation and changes, It is not surprising. Apple has maintained the basic concept through all of its operating system only to add more features to the system making it more adaptable to its own ecosystem. The exception is ios7.

However, Android users also do not need to upgrade as often to add more features since the offerings are more abundant at release.

John B.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:29 4

12. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Not sure If Phonearena Or iPhonearena. -.-

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