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?

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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54 Comments

54. maulgandhi unregistered

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.

44. Dadler22

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

53. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

43. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Lumia 920. Not going anywhere.

52. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

35. dome888

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

51. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

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.

31. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 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

50. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

BBM is coming to windows phone in few weeks.

29. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

28. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

27. Jason2k13

Posts: 1487; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

If you have the money, try all 3 major platforms. Phone: android Tablet: iOS Portable Cam: Lumia 1020

23. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I LOVE MY WINDOWS PHONE.

21. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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!

20. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

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

22. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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,

18. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

iOS all day everyday.

17. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Android forever

14. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

12. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

11. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 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

37. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

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

38. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Sorry wrong post

10. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

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

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nope!! I'm all windows phone OS

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

25. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

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