pls no, 12 Jul 2016Marshmellow ruined my smartphoneMe too, now my device can't connect to wifi. Try factory reset, still the same.Need to visit service centre.
"The user experience for any of these iterations of the OS has to be abysmal in 2016" Â– "Has to be"; that's just silly. Jelly Bean is just fine with any high end or upper midrange hardware of the time, such as Samsung Galaxy SIII. Nothing seriously wrong with the UX. Only problem is that some apps these days require KitKat.
Security issues are another matter, but if you only install well known apps from Google Play and don't surf too wildly at porn sites and such, your chances of getting any malware are still rather slim. This is not to say that Android does not have a security problem, but there's no need to exaggerate it, either.
What's wrong about Android? - most are stuck on KitKat 4.4 - 2014 product...
You mean there are devices older than 2 years out there which are not being provided with OS updates anymore. Imagine that!
If you do not access dodgy websites you should be fine on older Android OS. I also use anti-virus software just to be sure ...
Joonius, 13 Jul 2016And what part of "fear mongering" do you not understand? People are keeping quiet about these ... morestop worrying about what he said , he clearly does not understand what is FEAR MONGGERING :3
Anonym, 13 Jul 2016What is the part of "you don't get the patched ROM" that it's too hard for you to understand? ... moreAnd what part of "fear mongering" do you not understand? People are keeping quiet about these huge critical exploitable flaws when there are so many? There's hardly been any number of epidemic in any of the OSs. Ones I remember are Stagefright, Xcodeghost, and the fappening. What were the damages of these?
Joonius, 12 Jul 2016Considering that Android has the least number of OS vulnerabilities of the big three OSs and a... moreWhat is the part of "you don't get the patched ROM" that it's too hard for you to understand?
Yes, Google patches Android on a regular basis and it could even have less identified vulnerabilities than others, but the fact is most phones don't get any patches at all (even to critical flaws).
So you are now in a situation that everyone knows a major vulnerability exists, often even how to exploit it, but you may not do sh*t because there's no update/fix to your phone.
Samsung is very slow with updates !! samsung forget your customers! I'm still waiting for the update to Android 6.0.1 for my A7 (2016)
Anonym, 12 Jul 2016You mean other than the unpatched ROM it runs having so many gaping security holes that they c... moreConsidering that Android has the least number of OS vulnerabilities of the big three OSs and at the same time being spoken as the 'most worrisome OS', I would conclude that what you're saying is only fear mongering.
I purchased Nexus 5x as soon as it went on sale so that i could get latest OS and monthly security updates. But sold it after 3 months when i realized that this whole update thing is just a hoax, and purchased redmi note 3 for 1/3rd price of nexus 5x.
Well an average user does not know/need latest security updates along with newer android versions. He is just happy to use a smartphone which works without lag.
I am using redmi note 3 on android 5.1.1 and faces no lag whatsover. It gives more battery backup than Nexus 6p with all those marshmallow features including doze mode. Similarly there are devices like redmi 2 prime still on android 4.4 but works without any lag. So why should one bother about an upgrade to Android M or N.
If you get an update soon, good for you. Even if you do Not, it is not a problem. People should be concerned more about choosing right mobile instead of newer OS.
alex.ess, 12 Jul 2016"For some reason there still are devices out there, actively being used, with ancient Android ... moreYou mean other than the unpatched ROM it runs having so many gaping security holes that they could just as well be posting every single contact they make with that phone on Facebook? (along with pictures taken, location data and essentially an open microphone on demand)
Anonymous, 12 Jul 2016the old versions can easily be information tablets on the side of stores for people to view fl... moreYour point being?
To be in those stats they have to access the Play Store which, by your own argument, would imply store-owners concerned about getting the latest updates but not being able to get a newer version of Android.
"For some reason there still are devices out there, actively being used, with ancient Android releases such as Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich . . ."
Watch it guys... Quite a lot of people are using older Android versions on very capable devices simply because the manufacturers do not want to upgrade it. This is an age old problem that every savvy Android user is aware of so I don't expect gsmarena writers to go pretending it's the users' fault for not upgrading to 'the latest version of Android'.
I see no reason a reasonable person would want to change a 1GB RAM, 1.7 GHz multi-core phone which meets their daily needs just because "there is a new Android version in town".
the old versions can easily be information tablets on the side of stores for people to view flyers or what-not.