It would be tough to imagine the modern smartphone world without Android. Google’s operating system powers phones from almost every company beyond Apple. There’s little indication that Android’s growth and popularity will be dented in the coming years.
But what would it take for you to leave Android? It’s a question we posed our readers in a recent poll. Below are the results.
This was a wildly popular poll gaining just short of 24,000 votes since it went live on August 24. Despite the flurry of responses, two choices really grabbed our readers’ attention. “Google locking it down like iOS” and “a better alternative OS emerges” were the two most popular options, with 27.7% and 24.6% of the vote, respectively. Interestingly, more readers care about Android turning into iOS than updates becoming a premium feature. The latter choice only garnered 18.9% of the vote.
The remaining three choices received a smattering of support. Leading the charge is “lack of innovation,” with 9.3% of the vote, followed by “major OEMs abandoning it” with 7.2%. Surprisingly, readers wouldn’t ditch Android even if Google sold it, with only 6.6% of respondents going with this option.
Overall, it seems unlikely that readers would have to make this choice, at least not anytime soon. There’s little indication that Google plans to lockdown Android. A slew of alternatives have also come and go, too, with none really rising to Android’s level of popularity or functionality.
Notably, at least 5.7% of our readers provided their own reasons. You can find some of them below.
That’s it for this poll. Thanks for all your votes and comments. What would make you leave Android? Do you agree with the poll results? If you have any additional thoughts, be sure to drop them down below.
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