Main Reasons why Your Android Phone is not getting an Update

Many of our readers keep asking this question, one of the most frequent being “Why is my Samsung Galaxy S not getting an ICS upgrade” etc. but most of the users don’t actually know which version is the best for their device, or which version is actually available for the device. Nevertheless, its always good to see that Android users do have a better knowledge of the updating and keeping the phones updated and secure, unlike the iOS ones who first have to think many times before updating, as the phone is at risk of getting locked if they had previously unlocked it. Not all the brands of Android phones provide timely updates for the devices, and there are several reasons for the same.

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There are hundreds of Android devices, and hundreds of thousands of users of each of them, but the update availability is always a question. No, the companies cannot be called backward or bad for not sending the updates, as there are multiple reasons behind that. Here are a few reasons that we can give, nothing officially from the companies:

Apps incompatible to the newer version of the OS:

Lagging behind an OS manufacturer, and in this case Google, is what keeps delaying the OS updates because the official OS is out but there isn’t the same pace that the companies see from the App developers in updating their apps and making them compatible for the latest operating system. Would the users be happy to flaunt the new OS version and brag saying that they have the latest OS, when the actual apps don’t work at all?

Some of the big app developer companies don’t update the applications on time, and this makes the mobile companies to stop themselves from sending the update of the OS version. A very famous app named BBC iPlayer is still able to run only on devices which are Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and less, but won’t be able to function on the Android 4.0 ICS, the version which users are craving to get for their phones. This explains it very simply why the companies would wait till most of the actively used apps are updated to work on all the available OS versions.

Unnecessary huge expectation brings out nothing:

I would bring out two names here – Apple and Samsung. Apple users always regret using the same phone and would want an upgraded phone which comes with the upgraded iOS too. Samsung does the same, but users who are using the Galaxy S would want to have the same OS version and stuff that the Galaxy S II has, and if at all Samsung tries to provide a similar OS version just to satisfy the users, it won’t get the similar praise because the end user would some day come to a conclusion that the OS version isn’t the one they wanted, and believe me, there are thousands of users who keep searching “How to downgrade my Android Phone OS version”. Do I need to explain more? You expect a lot from the newer version of the OS in the same device that you have held in the hands since a long time. It’s time you upgrade your phone when you think of upgrading your device OS version.

Limited Hardware support for high-end needs:

This is one thing that many users won’t be able to understand but this could be many a times a major reason for the unavailability of the newer version of the OS for an Android phone. The answer actually is two way: Benefit for the companies, and benefit for the users.
Benefit for the companies: For many devices, companies falsely claim that the phone cannot run a higher version of the OS and the users blindly have to accept that as they aren’t sure what all the phone has packed in. This brings in more sales for the company, with the fanboys and users purchasing better phones.
Benefit for the users: Trying and risking is not wrong, as there are many unofficial ROMs available for the phones but if the device gives up and if really the given hardware for the phone couldn’t support the installed OS, then you might end up with nothing. Companies are instead saving you from damaging your device.

Do you really need to latest version? for what?

It’s true and many would agree that people would want the update only because someone else or the other device users are getting it and bragging about it. Does every user know what all comes in the new OS version? this is the case with ICS. People started saying “Wow, ICS is coming soon”, but we have even seen readers who asked with innocence.. “Can someone tell me what is ICS?” and later the same readers without much knowledge would come and ask for the process to update to ICS.

Do make sure that you have a device which might be working well and won’t make you feel frustrated and regret after updating it.



  1. Scunner3

    July 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    What IS the best OS for Galaxy S?

  2. Scunner3

    July 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    What IS the best OS for Galaxy S?

  3. jai

    April 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks very much for ur advices i really appreciate it

  4. Peet

    April 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    That is not true !

    Why don’t you try Cyanogen Mod 9 nightlies (Android 4.0.4) for Gt-I9000 and then write and comment ?

    Acording to me, the main reason about the absence of updates for old devises is quite simple – there is new devises, which must to be sold.

    • Chetan Bhawani

      April 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Hope you have read the entire write-up. I did mention that companies claim the same only to get more sales for the newer products, but that is not the only reason. Do you think CyanogenMod is always totally stable and safe?

      • Peet

        April 12, 2012 at 1:53 am

        I’m sorry ! Yes, I did not read the entire article. The fault is mine.

        Maybe because I did not read from the outset that, what you wrote at the end of the article – about “Benefit for the companies”.

        I’m not an advocate of CM9 nightlies. But I’m pleased to use it. I will give only one example – the battery consumption:

        Gingerbread: Android System=8-10%, Android OS=6-8%

        CM9 nightlies, Ice Cream Sandwich: Android System=5-7%, Android OS=3-4%

  5. Boogyman

    April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    When will we see a root for captivate with 2.3.5 update

    • Chetan Bhawani

      April 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      We will update you soon with an answer for the same.

  6. dede

    April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    whoaa poor my gt i9003 can’t run ICS.. 🙁
    but i’ll upgrading ICS see how slow my handset will run

    • Chetan Bhawani

      April 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      You could try upgrading using the unofficial ones, but its always on your own risk. The company could guarantee you some good stable versions when they bring them out officially.

  7. bilal

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Neel you are right but after 3 months we have goy xwjv4 so why xwjv4 has got so much of bug with touchwiz4?answer i am not alone with this probleme

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