Results: do Android updates matter that much to you?

Results: do Android updates matter that much to you?
Android has always been scrutinized for the major issue of slow updates. Sure, Google pushes out the latest Android build to its Nexus and Pixel phones quite fast, but 3rd party manufacturers get left in the dust, trying to make their custom UI play nice with the new OS, then pushing the update to carriers who have to give it the final greenlight before distribution to the users.

But let's slow down and think about this for a second. Samsung and LG have long had their custom interfaces on top of Google's OS and they both look radically different to the vanilla Android. On top of that, features like multi-view (split screen), fingerprint scanner support, and battery-saving were present on many 3rd party skins before Google made them native to the OS.

So, if you are a Samsung user, for example, the only thing you gained, feature-wise, in the past 2 years were two facelifts of the operating system. Everything else is still there as it was before, simply because it was there before Google implemented it.

We thought we'd ask you — does it really matter if you are on the latest Android? Here's how that poll went:

Does it matter if you have the latest Android update?

Yes! Granted, I am on a vanilla or close-to-vanilla device
33.83%
Yes! Even if I am on a heavily-skinned device
39.8%
Nope, as long as I have the latest features
26.37%

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9 Comments

1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

It's not just features. Google also changed a lot under the hood of Android with and since KitKat. Android is much more responsive, quicker and smoother since gingerbread and icrecream sandwich. Users would miss the under the hood updates if they only look on features. Think about project treble for example.

4. dafababa2002

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

You are assuming that the average person even knows what the new features are. You cant miss what you do not know exists and the overwhelming majority of Android phones run 5.0 or higher so those folks aren't missing all that much. Also don't forget about the inevitable performance decrease that comes with updates. Battery drain issues, app incompatibility, and the like accompany virtually all OS updates (both Apple and Android). In all honesty, there really isn't a compelling reason to upgrade an OS on a year old phone these days.

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

I can think of one huge compelling reason that should be very important to just about everyone on this planet whether they realize it or are aware of it or not Security updates in newer OS versions and added security features via new OS updates. In a day of age where zero day exploits run rampant and wild and are heavily being abused to millions of people who are on unpatched, not updated devices. People's lives have been and can literally be ruined through unpatched vulnerabilities/exploits in their devices/version of OS Your life and almost everything you hold dear resides on your smartphone/computer, beyond important to stay as secure as possible

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6855; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is why in recent Android times. A number of OEMs devices are now putting out either monthly, quarterly, 1/2year, or yearly security updates.

9. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Problem is the OS and the apps from the playstore. None of them are running and utilizing the 64 bit processor. Most of them would use 16 to 32 bit arch.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think a better way to ask this question is how many versions behind can you be until you start to get upset? When I was on MM, going to Nougat wasn't a huge deal. However if my device running KK was still my daily driver, getting an update would be more important.

3. monoke

Posts: 1144; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Kk ftw!

6. 99999

Posts: 142; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

KitKat was the best , the rest are crap.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not really, cause the OS does so much, it only needs security patches.

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