Most, if not all, smartphone OEMs usually roll out OS updates to devices that are less than two years old in the market.
While you might be thinking that Samsung, LG and most of the companies that make use of Google’s Android OS have some sought of the rule that guides them when it comes to rolling out OS updates to their devices, it is not the case. What happens is that the companies usually want to ensure that the new update only but makes the device better regarding performance and not the opposite.
Whenever there is a new update to an operating system, every enthusiast expects a new feature, functionality and improvements as well. This is what has been happening with each and every release of a new Android version. These improvements come with bigger file sizes and a greater demand features such as RAM or CPU power and as a result, these older devices start getting weaker and lose the capability to accommodate these changes.
In essence, this is actually what Samsung Galaxy S4 is going through at the moment. The South Korean tech giant’s most successful flagship will not be receiving the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The phone is now approaching its third year, which leaves it out of the two-year time frame that most companies use as far as rolling out OS updates are concerned.
Galaxy S4 will perform poorly with Android 6.0 Marshmallow
As mentioned earlier, the goal of pushing new OS updates to an older device is to help improve its performance. While it happened with Android 5.0 Lollipop when it was released back in 2014, it is not possible for the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow on this 2013 flagship.
Despite receiving Android Lollipop, the Galaxy S4’s performance still did not get better and adding it, another update will do more harm than good to this amazing device. Some users have been complaining about the sluggish nature of operation the S4 has taken ever since they upgraded to 2014’s Android OS.
Now that Samsung has made it official that it will not be releasing an update for the Galaxy S4, the internet space will soon be filled with Android 6.0 Custom ROM. It is advisable to stay clear from these updates since they will only but deter the performance, usability as well as the functionality of the device. It is obvious that if Android 5.0 Lollipop updates are making the S4 slower than when it is using Android KitKat, there is no need of updating to the current Android 6.0 Marshmallow for it will only make matters worse.