This is Why Your Smartphone Getting Slower as it Gets Older


We often feel like our smartphone become slower as it gets older. Whether it’s an Android or iPhone operating system. Especially to open applications that spend a lot of memory space and RAM.

Excessive use of RAM greatly affects the performance of the phone. In addition to a number of applications often ask for updates so that the performance of the phone feels slower.

Usually, near Christmas and the end of the year, Apple and Google release new versions of their operating systems (OS). After updating, suddenly a lot of people claim that their old device suddenly started slowing down.

Many say that this condition is deliberately done by cellphone manufacturers to encourage users to leave their old cellphones and buy their latest cellphones.

As reported by The Next Web, every year usually around May and June, technology companies announce their new OS updates. The updates released are usually about new system features such as improved Facetime, improved voice assistant, or more attractive system designs.

But did you know these features roll out and are optimized for new devices which are usually released in the middle of the year? These new devices usually have new chips and hardware.

Thus, system updates must be programmed for two purposes. The first goal is to support new hardware devices and chips, which bring the latest features.

Second, continue to work with existing hardware devices that don’t support new features and this means coding the OS so that it doesn’t rely on new features to work.

Cited from The Conversation (17/11/2021), çhere are things that we need to understand regarding the slow working of mobile phones.

  1. Operating system incompatibility
    Almost every year, technology companies announce an operating system (OS) update. These updates usually bring improvements to a number of features such as Facetime, voice assistant, or a better system design.

However, the update is actually designed for the latest mobile phones and the chips that come with them. Meanwhile, it could be that your old phone doesn’t support the updates offered. So, don’t be surprised if you find that your phone’s work slows down even after a system update is performed, including in performing tasks that you were used to doing before. Not only on mobile phones, the same thing also happens on computer hardware.

  1. Difficulty with hardware

As mentioned earlier, the new OS was created not to match the capacity of old phones, but aimed at new types of hardware.

Here what needs to be understood is not that the new OS was created to slow down the work of old phones, but that old phones do not fully support the features offered by the new OS. Then, if it’s not designed for old phones, why do people update their hardware operating system so much?

The answer is simple, because people don’t like being left behind or sticking with old features. The solution, the manufacturer should write that the latest OS is designed for the latest devices as well.

So that old users who want to update can choose whether to continue updating with the consequences of slow working phones or keep using their old operating system. Also read: Joker Virus Returns: Suck Up Account Contents, Beware of This Android Application

  1. Business matters
    Regardless of who a system update is designed for and what problems old phone owners face, it’s all a matter of business. Manufacturers certainly make system updates to make money.

So, why is the new OS always offered to users of old phones even though its existence is intended for new phones?
The answer is to make money.

Manufacturers try their best to successfully sell the products they produce, even though the product is not really needed, not even very suitable to be applied.

Meanwhile, technology companies do not provide much education to hardware users, how they can optimize the features in the cellphones that are in their hands. As a result, manufacturers still offer their products, consumers are still provoked to want to use the latest OS with many purposes.

  1. Are phones designed to slow down over time?
    Regarding cellphones weakening due to inappropriate OS implementation, this cannot be proven, because to find out the truth we need to read the operating system code which is closed.

So, when your phone slows down after using it for a long time, it’s not clear whether it’s the result of an inappropriate OS application or because the phone was designed that way from the factory, slowing down over time.

  1. Choose not to update OS
    After reading the explanation above, now the best option so that the phone does not get slower is not to update the existing operating system. If there is an offer for you to upgrade to the latest OS on your phone, resist the urge to update and simply ignore the message from the manufacturer. Even if there are automatic updates that you can’t avoid, there’s no need to worry. Automatic updates are usually security related and don’t bring major changes regarding new features. If your phone runs on its original OS, in theory, it should last with good performance for a long time.