As soon as the KitKat version of Android rolled out, we saw a large number of people jumping on to it. It was natural that people wanted to try out the new operating system. Google has released quite a few new OS since then, including Lollipop and Marshmallow. but people don’t seem to moving on to them. None of the newer entries have been able to attract too many people despite offering a bunch of new features. As of now, 36.6% of Android users are still using KitKat on their smartphones. We believe that we have figured out why that is so.
Pretty Close to Flawless
When people buy a phone, they want it to work without any issue, and KitKat offered them just that. The launch was smooth and even after that, there were rarely any serious concerns. In the beginning, users were reluctant about moving on to this OS, but as soon as the reviews came out and they saw how good and problem-free it actually was, they started to migrate. The ratings of the most recent versions have been pretty good, but every few days there is news about some new issue in them, like Wi-Fi connectivity issue in Marshmallow, which puts off the consumers. People don’t want something that’s broken, which is why they’re sticking to KitKat version for now.
Decent Battery Timing
Google promised to improve the battery timings with new OS releases, but has so far failed to deliver on this promise. Instead of enhancing the timings, the new updates have clearly made the battery timing even worse. This caused a huge stir in the Android community and forced a lot of people to downgrade. The users who hadn’t moved on to the most recent OS of course breathed a sigh of relief and probably would continue to stick to it until Google rolls out a newer OS version with better battery timing.
We all multitask on our phones and really hate when it slows down just because we opened three or four apps at the same time. This issue has been quite prevalent in the smartphones running on the post-KitKat OS versions, and has remained one of the biggest reasons for users downgrading from a newer OS version. Performance is something no user can compromise on, and when the multitasking issues made the news, a large group of people decided that they will just stay with the one that has already proven itself to be up to the task.
No Silent Mode
In the most recent versions of Android, Silent Mode is not accessible through power button. It has been there for such a long time that users have gotten pretty used to it. Whenever they wanted to put their phones on silent, they just pressed the power button and made it happen. However, Lollipop update took away that convenience, which affected the experience for a lot of people. Just to put their mobile on silent mode, they now have to go through multiple menus, which is proving to be quite an unnecessary nuisance for those craving for the coveted one-press silencing feature. Guess which OS version are there turning to for consolation?
No Lock Screen Widgets
Lock screen widgets are a huge help. People don’t use all of them, but some of those are incredibly helpful and give us information we need. However, version that followed KitKat discarded the feature, something that has not been taken well by a significant majority of Android users. This of course has taken a toll on the adoption rate of newer OS versions.