Should I upgrade my Android software with every new updates?

Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, soaring ahead of other Mobiles operating systems like Apple, Blackberry or Microsoft. 82.2% of the world’s smartphones are currently running on Android OS.

Every now and then, Google rolls out a newer version of Android. From Android 2.3 Gingerbread in December 2010, we have now reached Android 7.0 Nougat in late 2016.

New phone or new android?
In today’s world, everyone wants to stay up to date with the current technologies. Nobody wants to own an outdated smartphone. Unfortunately, smartphone technology is reaching new heights every day. So, unless you have a ton of money, you cannot afford to buy the newest smartphone all the time.

The other option is – update your OS. Make sure you buy a phone, whose specs are considerably higher than what is required to run the current version of Android. One important factor is the internal memory. You should try to buy the phone with the maximum possible internal memory, like 16 GB or 32GB. This is because – the OS is always stored in the internal memory, and the new OS might need a lot more space than the old one. This will ensure that, even if the newer version of Android requires better specs than the last one, you will be able to upgrade your phone.

Do I really need to update?
This is the most important question you need to answer for yourself. Do you actually need the new “features” provided by the newer version? Are you comfortable or satisfied with the current features or not?

Most of the time, the changes incorporated in the newer version of OS is minimal, sometimes just cosmetic (improvements in the UI). So, unless are really attracted by those new features, you might not want to go for that update.

When should I update my phone?
Now, that you have decided to update your phone, the next question is: when do I get it? You might think: Why not get the update as soon as it is rolled out? The Answer is no.
Every software out there has some bugs here and there. Android OS is no exception to that rule. When a new version is out after a period of Beta testing, there will still be a few bugs left. Once people start using the OS, they will identify the bugs.

It is always best to wait for a couple of weeks to a month before going ahead with the update. This will give enough time for many of the new bugs to be pointed out by users. My suggestion is: wait until Google issues the first update to correct the bugs. So instead of Android 6.0, you should wait for them to release 6.0.1 or 6.0.2. In that way, you are getting a better, bug free version of the OS.

Given all these facts, it is ultimately up to you to decide if you want to update your phone now, wait for a few weeks, or not update at all.