When smartphones became popular, suddenly there was one thing more for people to consider when buying phones. With older feature phone OSes, upgrades weren’t very important as most of the time, the phone works just as is and no one was too worried about upgrades. Even I had to admit that back when I was using a feature phone, I didn’t make a fuss over whether it had upgrades or not. I don’t even think I had ever upgraded the OS of any feature phone.
But in came iOS, Android and Windows Phone. With smartphones becoming the norm, upgrades have also become more common. It is an often discussed topic which sparks many a comment about how good or bad a manufacturer is at providing support for upgrades. Gone are the days when users bought a phone to use and if there are upgrades, great, if not, that’s fine too.
However, this situation is only what you see online and still there are plenty of customers who aren’t too bothered at not getting upgrades and just wants a phone to use. These are the non-techies. Among my friends and family, I have observe quite a few who aren’t bothered by what OS they’re running or whether their phones support the latest OS or not.
These users are not too bothered by trend or upgrades. They bought their phone and use it as it is. The fact that Android is such an open and diverse universe is lost on them. These are also the kind of people who don’t mind using a feature phone as long as it supports their whatsapp, instagram, facebook or <insert favorite app>. As a matter of fact, I’ve even had a reply “Can meh?” (Malaysian for “Is that doable?”) after telling such a friend that if she didn’t like the stock firmware, she can always install a custom rom.
While they are not doing anything wrong and if they love their phone the way it is, then I see no problems with continuing on their ways. However, it would be good if they dipped their toes into the Android open waters and witness for themselves how big the ocean really is.
For me, I love Android for its flexibility. You have a choice as vast as the oceans on what look you have, what ROM you use and so much more. There are many self proclaimed update addicts who wait for the latest and greatest ROM released by their favorite developers and flash it into their phone as soon as possible. While I do not upgrade as often as them, I do like to upgrade my phone every now and then, especially when the developers have something new in their latest release that I’m interested in. There also have been times when I install a different ROM just to experience something new on my phone. What about you?