3. "Unlike iOS, Android phones aren't tied to the OS for updates." In response to Reply # 0 Wed Dec-07-16 05:42 PM by wallysmith
Core apps update on their own schedule, through the Play store, outside the purview of both the OEM's and carriers.
Sure, there are going to be bells and whistles with the newest update. But major phone functionalities live in the core Google services, not in the UI-driven operating system. That means users on older versions of Android can still enjoy feature updates to Gmail/Maps/Home/Chrome/etc. even without needing the newest OS update. This has been the MO for Google starting with Ice Cream Sandwich. You supposedly use both operating systems, you should already know all this.
On the other hand, iOS core apps are all tied to OS updates. This is fine if you have the last version of the phone but with each OS update there are always reports of phones that are 2+ generations older that perform poorly with newer iterations of iOS. Anecdotally, my wife refuses to update her iPhone 6 to iOS 10 because of reports of user slowdown.
There are pros and cons to each system. But don't act all smug and try to use an argument from 2013 to assume some sort of weird Apple superiority complex.
(As a sidenote, it seems that the Pixel is doing Apple's "it just works" better than Apple these days. It's even got the camera beat.)
4. "It was a HONEST question" In response to Reply # 3
>There are pros and cons to each system. But don't act all >smug and try to use an argument from 2013 to assume some sort >of weird Apple superiority complex. I'm an Apple guy - I don't need to convince my friend to switch. that's just more apple for me. No
He likes his phone, it's an S6 and he's kind of mad about not getting the latest/greatest on it without a "technological" reason. And thinks a month or a few month's delay would be more understandable than over a year.
Is he mad enough to switch? Not even close.
But he paid for his phone, he pays for his service and he doesn't understand why it took so long. He think's the update situation is stupid and it sucks. I wonder how many other people shared that sentiment - or is he an outlier?
As for the Pixel - that might work for him as his next phone because he is on Verizon - but I have other friends not on Verizon where that's not an option for them (again because of a business agreement between the maker of an Android phone and a carrier.)
8. "Sure, it was an "honest" question." In response to Reply # 4
And I answered it honestly. You proposed a flawed premise (lack of updates for Android phones) and I corrected you. It sounds like your coworker is misinformed about the nature of Android updates and I gave you information to correct him. Maybe he would appreciate that he can update his apps with granularity, instead of once a year. Maybe you should be "honest" with him and point out that the specific advantage Android has when it can update its apps independent of OS version.
>On the other hand, iOS core apps are all tied to OS updates. >This is fine if you have the last version of the phone but >with each OS update there are always reports of phones that >are 2+ generations older that perform poorly with newer >iterations of iOS. Anecdotally, my wife refuses to update her >iPhone 6 to iOS 10 because of reports of user slowdown.
12. "w/Android phones, it really depends on the phone" In response to Reply # 0 Thu Dec-29-16 01:48 PM by Dr Claw
If it were all that important, I'd get a Pixel
I care about it on phones like the Moto X Pure (because Android 7.0 has features the "skinned" versions of Android have had for years) and the Samsung phones because their UI is moving to the one on the Note 7.
otherwise, eh. if it's on an OS that can run Android Auto I'm good
19. "It’s a really big deal to me. " In response to Reply # 0 Thu Feb-02-17 01:06 PM by Cold Truth
If my phone can’t update to the new Funfetti Rainbow Chip Frosting version I sell blood, mow lawns, and turn tricks to scrape up enough money for one that can.
I just don’t know what it is but even though my apps work fine, I can still make phone calls, texts, browse the internet, watch Netflix, etc all on Lollipop I just feel like such a loser if I’m not updated to the latest, greatest confectionary moniker.
Anyone who really cares about their phone OS version like that an embarrassingly huge dork If this actually matters to anyone beyond a real security threat or compatibility issue, i.e, a certain game or app or function you use/need won’t work on an older version.
It doesn’t make you a bad person.
It just make you a huge dork and not in a proud, Comicon attending "nerds are in now" kind of way but in a way that makes a father seriously consider adoption as a means of securing the family name through the next generation.