If you have followed my site for the last few weeks you will have noticed a lot more Android updates. It’s partly because I have to use an Android device for my day job but also it is good to expand horizons. I’ve never been a big fan of Android. I don’t really like the UI although it is certainly better than the last time I really tried to use one, circa Ice Cream Sandwich. But it’s still not may favorite. That’s Windows Phone. I love the personal experience of Windows Phone that despite Google’s best efforts – and Apple’s with iOS for that matter – just can’t replicate well.
One factor about Windows Phone that I and many other sites and users have moaned about however is the upgrade process. While an update may be available, it could take months or never for that update to hit your phone depending on your country and if your phone is locked to a carrier. Everyone’s favorite example is Verizon and the Lumia Cyan update which never came out. Instead, owners of the Lumia ICON (Lumia 930 in the rest of the world) had to wait a full year before that got it and Lumia Denim at the same time. A year. It’s unacceptable and is something that Microsoft has said they are addressing with the release of Windows 10 Mobile.
If however you are thinking that the Android grass is greener, guess again. The upgrading of Android devices to the next version of the OS, Lollipop, if fraught with problems, delays and phones that, while can run it, will never get the update. Compounding this is the sheer number of devices that are out there and all the possible permutations of Android that have to be developed to support those devices. By Gartner’s estimate, there are over 18,000 versions of Android out in the wild today. 18,000! That makes a uniform, systematic upgrade virtually impossible.
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