The Android Update BackFire

We all love the Android Updates and always look forward to the next up coming Android Update. But be careful as the next update could also land your Android device in trouble.

Here are a few examples of what we mean by problems with the Android Update :

  • After the update to Android 2.3.4, the users of HTC Droid Incredible reported problems with battery life and contacts being deleted.
  • After the update to Android 2.1, Motorola Droid users experienced slow 2D graphics.
  • After the update to Android 2.3.5 with Sense 3.0, the T-Mobile HTC Desire S users had problems with a proper signal reception.
  • After the update to Android 2.3, the users of HTC EVO 4G had problems with internal memory leakage.
  • After the update to Android 2.3.3, HTC Incredible users experienced delayed sms reception.
  • After the update to Android 4.0.4, users of Galaxy Nexus experienced limited signal availability.

Reason For Drawbacks In Android Update

We all know that none of the software’s out there are bug free. With the complex coding involved and the sheer need to keep the code updated to meet the growing demands of the users, bugs are bound to creep up from time to time.

Android has two challenges to deal with when compared to their iOS counterpart. Android’s first challenge is to be compatible with various different models unlike their iOS counterpart. It has to deal with compatibility issues for various screen sizes or resolutions, storage, processors, etc.

Android’s second challenge is to deal with different wireless carriers and phone manufacturers who from time to time keep applying modifications to the Android with UI and S/W, which create more problems. Manufacturers enjoy the flexibility that comes along with the Android compared to the iOS devices or Windows devices as certain features like battery saving from Motorola might not be available on another device. Even though the extra features enhance the experience of the users, they add more pressure on manufacturers and wireless carriers to ensure that the software runs flawlessly.

Fix The Damage

You can avoid updating the your phone, but it could become a little annoying. You might see the update reminder popping up from time to time asking you to download the update. Not updating your phone could also mean that you would miss out on the latest features or any bug fixes which are available. So, not updating your phone might not be the best choice either.

The bugs in the Android Updates could take ages to get fixed as Google and phone manufacturers along with the wireless carriers put the software via tons of tests. For example: The Android ICS update was rolled out in Dec’11, but so far only 3% of Android devices have the Android ICS running on them.

So, if you look at it, we actually cannot conclude whether an Android Update is the best or the worst thing to do to your Smartphone. What do you think?

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