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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by spetzie, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. spetzie

    spetzie Newbie
    Thread Starter

    It is rumoured that the S5 could be released as early as January 2014. After the time and money spent setting up your s4, would you be tempted to upgrade your 8 month old phone or will you wait until the s6.
     

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  2. wtherrell

    wtherrell Android Enthusiast

    I will probably wait. They may have it locked down even worse than ever. In which case I will wait a long time.
     
  3. KryptoNyte

    KryptoNyte Android Enthusiast

  4. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    It wont come out in January, and I wont upgrade if it is as locked down as it seems it will be, and I have owned every one up to this point.
     
  5. SebaKL

    SebaKL Android Enthusiast

    At home, I change everyone's device every 11 months. But less than that, NO. Just. NO.
     
  6. ceva321

    ceva321 Android Enthusiast

    Only if the phone is metal
     
  7. I will wait until the S6 is released as I only got my S4 two weeks ago.
     
  8. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    Very unlikely because I tend to keep devices a long time and I'm very happy with the S4 right now. Assuming my next phone is a Samsung Android device (huge assumption) it will likely be an S7 or S8.
     
  9. SirEagle

    SirEagle Android Enthusiast

    NO
    I don't buy the latest and greatest just because it's the latest and greatest. I get a new one about every 1-1/2 to 2 years when mine is starting to show it's age and the new ones are an actual improvement that can be seen.
     
  10. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    My Note 3 suits my needs better even though I really like my S4. That said, it depends on where Google is going with Android. That's what will influence my future purchase.
     
  11. Poweranimals

    Poweranimals Android Enthusiast

    I'm waiting for my next free upgrade so no.
     
  12. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    Nope, I have no idea when I'll upgrade again. I only got an upgrade from an S3 to a Note 3 due to Vodafone's promise to let you upgrade to a 4G phone and plan had you got an S3 or iPhone between certain dates (I can't remember off hand) I moaned and argued and finally got it free with an expensive 4G contract. I've hammered the data on it to make it worth while (6Gig in my first month) my SGS4 is only mine because I had my wife's upgrade, as was my long gone and much loved SGS2.

    I can upgrade in July 2015 officially, probably be a locked down thing, no internal storage and all apps and media in "the cloud", rendering the device a phone, text messager, browser and large screen with access to "services". If the networks an ISPs get their way by then you'll pay them for the type of Internet access you want, just like cable TV.

    My advice is enjoy the Internet and your device because these are the halcyon days, and they are starting to wane.
     
  13. SMALBA

    SMALBA Android Enthusiast

    I will for sure be upgrading. I will admit that I love having the latest phone and I love Samsung so yes the St will be mine.

    One question though, what are you guys talking about when you say they are locking it down?
     
  14. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    Rooting and installing custom recoveries and ROMs. Only the ATT and Verizon phones had their bootloaders locked, which with the most recent updates cannot be unlocked, but with the introduction of Knox there will probably not be a way to unlock them on future phones either, and they could all be locked down and not just the US carriers. Either way, I'm likely moving to Sony phones next
     
  15. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert


    And you think HTC, Sony, LG et al won't have their own version of enterprise/BYOD solutions within six months, say? I think Android in general, while still giving an ordinary user many, many ways of customisation and freedom will, security wise be tighter than a ducks backside. It is inevitable that Rooting and flashing stuff will get more and more difficult if not impossible because of security at the hardware level.
     
  16. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    I know HTC will do the same, probably lg also. Android is moving away from the old standard rooting and stuff like that, but there will still be a modding community and Motorola or Sony will probably be the ones to cater to them. The modding community made the galaxy s phones popular with the simplicity to mod them. There will always be a way to mod android, some companies will remove it, but not all.
     
  17. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    I hope your right about only some companies locking down Android, unfortunately I can't see it myself where there is A) a bottom line. B) Money to be made in the BYOD world and C) Locking up Android would only affect <5% of users (probably vastly less than 5%)who actually root.

    I can't agree that it was the modding community that made the original Galaxy S popular. It was popular with them, yes, but seeing how "we who mod" are a tiny proportion of users I feel that the phone was just great for it's time and therfore popular. The modding community while ultimately a tiny minority have given many, many new and often better functioning ROMs and mods than the original, and I belive we should be catered for. Sadly I just don't see it happening. I truly hope in two years time this post is quoted back at me to prove me wrong.
     
  18. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    Locking down phones is mainly due to the bootloader, nexus devices will not have a locked bootloader for the foreseeable future. Cyanogen is making its own phone, a custom ROM is now a company and has its own hardware. Root is very likely going away, but I really think that there will always be a way of modding android. But i do not think we'll have to rely on a company like cyanogen to keep the modding community up
     
  19. ktklein72

    ktklein72 Lurker

    Just got my S4 back in June so no chance I'll be on the S5. Maybe the S6 but will most definitely switch next time around from VZW to TMo because of how things are locked down.
     
  20. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    Hopefully by then their network will be better. That would be the one thing that might get me to upgrade before the S7. ;)
     
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  21. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    My recent experience with T-Mobiles network via my Note 3 has been just stellar, it's every bit as fast as my wife's Note 3 on AT&T! Not only that but I'm using their new Unlimited Text, Talk and Data plan for just $70.

    Last month I used 6 gigs with absolutely no throttling. In addition I get an additional 2.5 GB of tethering free. I'm loving the new no contact money saving T-Mobile.
     
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  22. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    I'm not talking about speed, I'm talking about coverage area. I need a really wide coverage area hitting on remote locations.
     
  23. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Android Enthusiast

    I'd say no, but tried that before and then someone came out with an awesome device and geek mode kicked in ... So ... Basically I don't even know :)
     

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