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.  

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

Yes, I'm getting tired of the OS I'm using at the moment
32.75%
No, I'm happy with what I'm using, and I don't think other OSes have what I need
54.41%
I am already using multiple OSes on a daily basis
12.83%

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66 Comments

59. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

For me, I'll have to see what the low-end market has to offer this year before I make a decision

58. macfire

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

I am both an Android and WP user . Both offer me differing experiences of course , Android is what i use mainly for gaming and some social . But my WP is used more for work . I enjoy using WP more but the lack of true quality apps and games must be improved . then , who knows ? I may only use my WP

57. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Will switch from 4s to z2.

56. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Switched from xperia z to BlackBerry z30 and still do not regret once tried wp but was bored so wp never again

50. piko1

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

im still with Symbian OS v9.3 fp2 i have android tablet i prefer winp 8.1 over android but xl makes me want android but to choice android phone is over complicated too many models brands specs etc

49. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

ANDROID(OGP) + SYMBIAN(808) + MAEMO(N900) hip hip hurray!!!

48. wilsong17 unregistered

im staying with my mode android

45. MiAnyemi

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Well, i have no intentions of switching from android, at leat not now. The customisation it offers is enough to make it look lively all the time. Having said that though, i wouldn't mind trying my hands on WP 8.1 on a high-end smartphone like the lumia 1020 or 1520.

54. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

One beauty of Android...I can put a WP or iOS launcher, home screen replacement on it and have it look like other phones. Even some that are not them like are nice. I have a few I paid for...and they look, function so different a few people thought I had a new phone.

41. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I don't want to change and I even don't want to change to another smartphone of the same OS. I didn't see anything so wonderful to thing about that.

40. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Ugh, I don't know. I will see about Android on high-end device, because clearly Galaxy Ace 2 + TouchWiz is killing my experience with it. Sluggish, buggy even with firm. updates...oh my... If even that will dissapoint me, then clearly WP 8.1 as a phone and iOS for my tablet. No doubts then.

38. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Android is the only OS I will ever need. I've been using it since it's early days( 2.1 eclair to be exact). It's has gotten so much better and it continues to get better. I will never leave android.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, right now there is nothing that meets my needs /wants better than Android. But I'm always on the lookout.

36. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I think this should have just said OS instead of smart phone OS. I know a lot of people that multiple OSes when using tablets and smartphones; Android phone iOS tablet for example. you wouldnt need to switch in that case. Also I think you should do a poll on that. When it comes to your smart phone and tablet do you have both the same or different. That would be an interesting poll.

35. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

1. Already bought apps on Google Play. 2. Already have an iPad lying around. 3. Android (and just 4.1/4.2 at that) works well enough and suffices my needs. 4. I usually cycle around a 2.5 year cycle and I only just swapped to a limited edition XPERIA A (japanese ZR) a few months ago. And for auxillary sakes Windows Phone and BBX don't particularly appeal to me (though I by no means doubt I can live with them).

53. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yup for 1. If I had bought apps on Win Mo....it wouldnt have mattered since Win Mo is basically dead now. My Android apps....some ppl dont understand how much ecosystem plays a part. if I would to one day get an Apple or WP mobile device...I would have to: Make sure I dont get overlapping apps if I plan on using more than 1 OS. Try to balance my spending on each OS. But....sticking with Android....I can get a tablet...hope the developer made it so their app scales to tablets...and not have to invest much in tablet software. Even if it doesnt scale...I can still use it without much hassle. Google making it so that Android apps can scale to tablet use was a great thing.

32. jellmoo

Posts: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It really depends on what happens in the next few months. I've been very disappointed in the direction of the latest Android flagships. They are oversized for the screen size they offer, and in the case of the M8, a step back in a few key areas. They simply do not meet my needs. I will be waiting to see what's coming from Apple and Motorola. If Apple presents a really compelling iPhone with a 4.7 inch screen, it may be a strong temptation. If Motorola presents a strong successor for the Moto X (my favourite handset of 2013 by a mile), then I would likely stay with Android. WIndows Phone is also a possibility, but gets next to no support from my carrier (Bell) that it's a tough path for me to take.

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think its not good to chase the flagships and just get what you want. If flagship is what you want...thats different. I am more than pleased with the Moto G. Except for storage. And because I am a big Moto fan...my next phone might be the Moto X if their next phone doesnt get my attention. I was thinking about getting a Bionic recently...lol. Since I am doing the pre paid thing...my next phone will be GSM. Much wider and better selection...and better service. I currently use Boost. WP, Nokia have an advantage for pre paid because the Lumias are really good, cheap phones to be on pre paid carriers. Still shocked Apple is offering the iPhone for damn near full price on pre paid carriers. Or the discount is still high. Shows they really only care about making a buck.

65. GBPN15

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Z1 Compact you need. Yoda just talked

30. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Like the other above me, I will consider switching to a Lumia 1520 if Windows 8.1 updates pan out

28. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I am not truly satisfied with Android but it is the only OS that is not tied to a single hardware maker. Technically Windows Phone is open but Nokia has a big advantage over the others due to its relationship with Microsoft. I really like BB10 but I found AT&T's support for it to be poor. So for now Android on my Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the best OS and hardware combination I can find. If I had to choose something else I guess it would be a Nokia 1520. But I really do not like those tiles.

25. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

At the moment there really aren't any OS systems that compare to Androids versatility, Customization and features. I like some of the things windows has going for it but the tiles & horrible app store is a deal breaker.

24. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Sticking with Windows Phone. The M8 looks enticing but I'm staying put! GIVE ME A 930!!

23. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I use all the main ones so I'm good. I am curious to try out Ubuntu though.

18. Amir1 unregistered

from IOS to SONY android FLAGSHIP. yes please. no more itunes and ios!!! whoo hoo!!! can't wait.

64. GBPN15

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Such a smart pick. U wouldn't be bad with One either. Source: Changed from iPhone to Z1.

16. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

my answer would be yes, but I wouldn't say it's necessarily because i'm tired of my current phone OS (not that harsh anyway) but simply because I had decided before buying my Galaxy S III that my next phone after it would be a Windows phone, and this is the year.

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wanna taste WP.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yes. From MeeGo to Android lol

12. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

No other OSs are offering what I want aside from Android right now.

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