At What Point Does An Old Android Smartphone Become Unsafe For Users And When To Get Rid Of It?

By Kachi Ojieh Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Photo Credit: Antos777/Shutterstock

It is human nature for individuals not to relinquish things they place so much value on. Some label themselves as a “die-hard fan” of such things. In 2010, a 28-year-old Korean man by the name of Lee Jin-gyu married a body pillow. (Huh!). This sent a chill through my body because I couldn’t understand how much he loved the pillow that he wouldn’t give it up.

Now back to smartphones, i cherish cell phones however I don't plan to marry one.

Follow Tech Is Bae as we investigate what point  an old android smartphone become unsafe for users and when to get rid of it.

1. Get rid of your old android smartphone if it is more than three years old


Your smartphone may be tagged unsafe if it is more than three years old. Individuals living on low income during this recession have a lot of additional burdens to take care of and getting a new smartphone because it is three years old may not be in their budget. Although an android smartphone which has been in use for the past three years may not kill you but sure you may get frustrated as your friends make funny joke of you to replace it before the phone cries for you (*smiles).
Three years is not three days so just follow the trend and get a new phone because manufacturers tend to stop channeling effort to deal with issues that may arise in their older products as they focus on newer ones.

2. Get rid of your old android smartphone if there are no more support or security updates


If there are no more security updates delivered by the manufacturer to your smartphone, then it is now considered unsafe to continue using it. Android smartphones won't get any more security updates if it's more than three years old and this means after three years, you're better off getting a new smartphone.

The benefits of security updates outweigh users’ enthusiasm to continue using their smartphone if the manufacturer ceases to support or roll out security updates. The benefits of security updates include getting the most recent features and software, issues present in OS version is fixed, protection against vulnerabilities discovered etc.

3. Get rid of your old android smartphone if newer version of the phone OS is released


Due to low income and budget, people tend to stick to a particular smartphone for some years. Others buy a smartphone running outdated android version.


For instance, the present release of newer android version, Android 7 Nougat, released in August 2016, is not intended for compatibility with cell phones that utilizes Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801/800 chipset, which includes many smartphones made over the most recent couple of years.

Samsung Galaxy S4 won't run Nougat, neither will Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 or OnePlus One, all flagship models released in the spring of 2014. However, the latter three can be upgraded to Android 6 Marshmallow (from fall 2015).

If your phone falls under this category, it’s time to surprise yourself and get a new Smartphone.

What do you think? Feel free to drop a comment.
 
For the latest technology news and mobile reviews, follow Techisbae on Twitter and Facebook.
Photo Credit: Antos777/Shutterstock

It is human nature for individuals not to relinquish things they place so much value on. Some label themselves as a “die-hard fan” of such things. In 2010, a 28-year-old Korean man by the name of Lee Jin-gyu married a body pillow. (Huh!). This sent a chill through my body because I couldn’t understand how much he loved the pillow that he wouldn’t give it up.

Now back to smartphones, i cherish cell phones however I don't plan to marry one.

Follow Tech Is Bae as we investigate what point  an old android smartphone become unsafe for users and when to get rid of it.

1. Get rid of your old android smartphone if it is more than three years old


Your smartphone may be tagged unsafe if it is more than three years old. Individuals living on low income during this recession have a lot of additional burdens to take care of and getting a new smartphone because it is three years old may not be in their budget. Although an android smartphone which has been in use for the past three years may not kill you but sure you may get frustrated as your friends make funny joke of you to replace it before the phone cries for you (*smiles).
Three years is not three days so just follow the trend and get a new phone because manufacturers tend to stop channeling effort to deal with issues that may arise in their older products as they focus on newer ones.

2. Get rid of your old android smartphone if there are no more support or security updates


If there are no more security updates delivered by the manufacturer to your smartphone, then it is now considered unsafe to continue using it. Android smartphones won't get any more security updates if it's more than three years old and this means after three years, you're better off getting a new smartphone.

The benefits of security updates outweigh users’ enthusiasm to continue using their smartphone if the manufacturer ceases to support or roll out security updates. The benefits of security updates include getting the most recent features and software, issues present in OS version is fixed, protection against vulnerabilities discovered etc.

3. Get rid of your old android smartphone if newer version of the phone OS is released


Due to low income and budget, people tend to stick to a particular smartphone for some years. Others buy a smartphone running outdated android version.


For instance, the present release of newer android version, Android 7 Nougat, released in August 2016, is not intended for compatibility with cell phones that utilizes Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801/800 chipset, which includes many smartphones made over the most recent couple of years.

Samsung Galaxy S4 won't run Nougat, neither will Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 or OnePlus One, all flagship models released in the spring of 2014. However, the latter three can be upgraded to Android 6 Marshmallow (from fall 2015).

If your phone falls under this category, it’s time to surprise yourself and get a new Smartphone.

What do you think? Feel free to drop a comment.
 
For the latest technology news and mobile reviews, follow Techisbae on Twitter and Facebook.
Kachi Ojieh
Kachi Ojieh

"Tech Is Before Anything Else since 2017". Kachi Ojieh is the CEO and Founder of Tech Is Bae. An enthusiastic blogger with the heart to unify all tech lovers across the globe. Currently working to make sure readers keep coming back for more.

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