Five Things to Know Before You Upgrade Your Android Cell Phone


With Android updates coming out almost every year, Android owners would definitely try to upgrade their phones with the latest Android version. This is quite simple, if done in the right way, as Android offers over the air updates, and therefore even laymen can upgrade their Android phones.

If the phone is not updated in the right manner, there is every chance that the phone bricks, which means that you will not be able to use the phone at all. Therefore, it is very important for you think twice before you upgrade your Android cell phone. Here are five things that you need to know before you download that file.

Most Manufacturers Offer Official Updates

Manufacturers like Sony, Samsung, etc. provide official updates for their bestselling models and others too. All you need to do is to go to one of their service centers, and your cellphone will be updated to the latest Android version in a safe manner.

Therefore, there is an option for you to upgrade your phone without any further issues. Before you decide to go DYI on your phone, try to check if whether your mobile phone manufacturer allows for official updates or not.

The Phone May Become a Brick

You do not need programming skills to upgrade your phone, but you will definitely need a lot of software and need to follow some steps to upgrade your phone.

If you do not have the software when wanted, you might suddenly turn your phone into a brick, and you will have no other option but to buy a new phone. Therefore, before you decide to upgrade your phone installation, make sure that you have all the installation files, and that you do are completely sure of doing what you are planning to.

Some Old Phones May Upgrade, but the features and speed may not be that great

Computer users will know this. Some games work on older graphics cards, but the quality is so low that you do not actually feel like playing any of the games for a longer time. The same goes for Android phones with an older processor.

The newer phones have processors that are almost equal to computers a decade back, so anything older might not actually be a good draw on the new operating system. Therefore, even if the Internet is crying itself hoarse about the fact that your cell phone will support the new operating system, do not try it, as it might not be too good for your processor, and you might have to flash and go back to the older version of Android.

It is a Risk

If you look over the Internet for flashing options, also look at the comments sections below. You will routinely read that ‘the camera doesn’t work anymore’, or the ‘bluetooth doesn’t work anymore’ and horrors… sometimes you won’t be even able to SMS!

This is all a risk and even if it happens in one in every ten thousand phones, with the cost of these phones, we can only suggest not flashing your phone on your own.

It may be worth it

Taking all of this into consideration, if you do actually flash your Android phone and it works, you will be very happy with the final product. Of course, you need to be careful enough to do it the right way. The latest version for the Android phones is Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

These are the five things that you should know about flashing your Android phone to upgrade to a better operating system.

Author Bio:

Roy Blogs at Android Mag. Know more on Firmware pre upgrade instructions and imaging app for android on his blog.