Android Users Actually Care About OS Updates
What do you want to know
- We asked our readers if they would like to receive new Android updates.
- Among the votes, more than 80% say they like receiving updates on their Android phones.
- A small percentage agree to only receive security patches.
With Android 13 in beta and the stable update on the horizon, we asked our readers if they would like to receive updates on their phones. We received nearly 7,000 responses, with more than 80% saying they have “all updates” on their phone. However, only 10% of voters say they are fine if their phone only receives security patches.
A Twitter user says the updates show a company cares about the phones it sells to consumers:
Yes. This shows the standard the company stands by. Buying a device and then instantly forgetting about it shows exactly what kind of business it is. Or worse, promising updates are not delivered. Like @OPPOCareGlobal.June 25, 2022
Although OPPO has been singled out, their complaint is very similar to Qualcomm’s Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, which was left without a single update for several months despite the whopping $1,500 cost to fans. Of course, you won’t get better software support than Google and Samsung, and even Microsoft runs a fairly consistent update schedule with its latest Surface Duo 2.
On Facebook, a reader, Kevin Blanco, says he certainly prefers security patches because many launchers can do a good job of improving the look of a phone without needing a system upgrade. exploitation.
“I won’t deny it, I’m more interested in security updates than OS updates,” they comment. “I mean with a good launcher like Nova, Action or whatever, you probably don’t even think about what OS version you’re running when you customize your phone and only notice the few times you go to settings for something. A good launcher can allow you to imitate the version of the operating system you are interested in.“
While Motorola makes many of the best budget Android phones and doesn’t provide extensive software support, Blanco loves its phones and doesn’t care that they don’t get as many updates. It was also a common response among readers, who said average consumers generally wouldn’t care about an Android update.
Another reader on Twitter also says they don’t care about updates because they can often mess things up:
Android is a mature OS, there haven’t been any cool new features for a while. I avoid updates because there are usually more problems than benefits (for example: removing the hidden notch feature or limiting access to the SD card). As a root user, these security updates only make things more annoying.June 27, 2022