Updating old phones


In addition to adding custom launchers, OEMs tweak included apps to add and remove features.They’re convinced that this helps differentiate their products in the market, although diehard stock Android enthusiasts disagree.The original reply from Motorola India has since been deleted, but the damage was already done - customers are mad.And they should be; even if O hadn't been promised, the G4 is well under two years old (the traditional major update cutoff). Most notably, the Moto X (2013) got 4.4 Kit Kat before the Nexus 4, and the Moto X (2014) got 5.0 Lollipop before the Nexus 5.For example, Samsung never updated the original Galaxy S to Android 4.0 – Samsung said that the phone did not have enough RAM to run Touch Wiz and Android 4.0 at the same time.While many cried out for Samsung to drop Touch Wiz on the Galaxy S, Samsung refused – Galaxy S owners are either using Android 2.3 or a community-developed ROM like Cyanogen Mod.Android OEMs and carriers often aren’t very interested in updating devices after they’re released.

Google can’t just release a new version of Android that works on all devices – manufacturers have to update the drivers to work with newer versions of Android.Unfortunately, most Android devices in the wild will never get the update.New Android users are often disappointed to discover that their shiny new smartphone won’t get any updates – or worse, that it was running old software from the moment they bought it.Android smartphone manufacturers are also beholden to cell phone carriers, who can delay updates by months on their networks.While Apple has the muscle to overrule carriers and roll out new versions of their operating system, Android phone manufacturers do not. At launch, Motorola advertised Android N and O updates for the Moto G4 line, but to the shock of many G4 owners, none of these phones were listed in the company's official Oreo update list.

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