I was involved in a Twitter conversation in which someone mentioned that he ran into 5 or 6 Nokia N8 users with their devices still on PR1 or 1.2 firmware. I also mentioned that the average BlackBerry user here in Nigeria does not install any apps besides those that come with the phone, update apps, not to mention update their devices’ firmware. Evidence before me says the same is true for most iOS and Android users.
In my opinion, device manufacturers and OS developers should make app and firmware update notifications more intrusive or in-your-face. And it should be totally OTA. No-one should ever have to connect a mobile to PC in order to update it in this day and age.
So, why should you ever bother about updating your mobile? No long stories.
One, some of the complaints you have about your mobile have been taken care of through newer firmware. Update, and the problems go away.
Two, some new features and functionality may be available through newer firmware. Update to enjoy those features.
Three, newer firmware may bring cool, fancy, tricks to your phone. We geeks call it eye-candy. In other words, everything looks better. Upgrade and you may fall in love afresh with how your mobile’s user interface looks.
I carry three phones around with me these days – Nokias N8 and N9, and a BlackBerry 9300 Curve 3G.
I updated my N8 to enjoy the new benefits of Anna, and also flashed it unofficially to enjoy the benefits of Symbian Belle (which will be officially released soon). Belle is a totally different beast and as a result, my N8 is a different device entirely from what it was.
The N8 is so different that I can’t leave it at home while I have the N9 with me, so I carry both.
I also updated the firmware of the Curve 3G from BlackBerry OS5 to OS6, and the improvements are superb. Thank God for firmware updates.
Install your device’s PC software on your system, connect your device and click through the menu to check for any available updates. If one is available and you have a fast Internet connection, you should be done in some minutes (except you are updating an iOS device, in which case, go watch a movie while the update is downloaded).
Have you updated your mobile? Is your device any better after the update? If you haven’t, go get it done now.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.