Does my phone go out of date?

Following on from last month where I talked about Windows 7 going out of date, I would like to address the same point regarding mobile phones.

Android devices, such as Phones and Tablets, are generally supported for the last 3 versions of the system. Google release a new Android version every year, which effectively gives you 3 years of support. The current version is Android 9, so the oldest supported version of Android would be Android 6.

Apple devices are a little different, in that instead, they support the physical device instead of the operating system version. These devices are supported but the amount of time varies. The average is 4 to 5 years.
On both platforms, eventually the device will be out of date.

What does this mean for you?

Generally speaking, a device being out of support means that App developers do not have to make their app work with your device. Things may work fine for months or even years and then one day something like Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, or your emails may stop working because your device can’t run it.

At that point, what do you do? Can you update it?

To be honest and simple, the answer is ‘no’. Once a device is out of support and the things you want to use it for do not work, your next step is to start looking at buying a modern, up-to-date, device.

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