Sunday, February 4, 2018

[Poll] How long should phones get OS updates?


Whenever a phone gets a major OS update, it's like new a devices with new features, faster software and new UI. Most importantly you don't have to pay for every OS update which makes your device as fast as a new one.

Different devices has different update profiles. If you own a PC you will keep receiving updates till 10 years but in the world of smartphones, companies like Google, for example, commits to deliver major Android updates to the Pixel 2 phones for 3 years (longer for just security updates). Sony just announced it would support its flagships for two years.

That’s fine, but the cost of the update is built into the cost of the phone – we shouldn’t have to tell you how expensive the Pixels are and Sony’s more affordable phones don’t get the firm 2 year commitment.

The upgrade potential of a phone is something we always consider – it expands the useful life of a phone. We might not recommend a phone by a brand with a spotty upgrade history, for example.

So, how long do you expect makers to support their phones (all phones, not just flagships)? Obviously “forever” is impractical, but 1 year may be too little.

How long should phones get OS updates?

1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years ore more