Saturday 18 April 2020

4 Important Things You Miss When You Don’t Update Your Devices

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We’ve all been there - looking at pop-up notifications on our phones but keep dismissing it for later. It's not from your IM apps, but from the device’s OEM asking you to update your firmware to a newer version.
No, we are not here to back your device manufacturer against you. We will, instead, show you what you are missing out on by not following through with that notification.

More Features

Your device manufacturer might have spent a lot of time working on new features that they believe will boost your experience and use of the unit – and that is what they have sent to you in that update. If you don’t get the update, you are robbing yourself of the full value of the device anyways.

We have seen smartphones that did not ship with, say, a Night Mode feature for their cameras get this in an update. We have heard of smart TV systems becoming compatible with more hardware after they got an update. The same can be said for just about any other device that can get an update from their manufacturers.

So, getting the update will be getting the right value for your money.

Improved Stability

Sometimes, it is not that new features are being brought to you – but that the ones that have come with the device are being improved to be better.
The software game is as tricky as it is interesting.

On the tricky side, the manufacturer could release their unit into the market only to find out that it has some glitches in operation from the software side. On the other hand, it could be that the manufacturer has found new ways to make a nice feature even better. Thus, they send out an update to fix the situation.

A notable example is that of the Pixel 3 devices that were seen to generate a halo effect around some pictures snapped with its camera. Google learned of this and sent out an update to fix the camera while bringing some more improvements with the same update too.

Newer Firmware

When we see the work that device makers put into tweaking aesthetics of their units with software updates, we never want to not download another one.

What worked in the user interface market last year can get outdated this year. Likewise, the manufacturer will always find new ways to make the device more intuitive, less clunky and better appealing. They will package all of these into the update and ship it out to their users.

Still, on the firmware side, this is where cross-compatibility also comes in. It takes just one right update to make it possible for your device to work in line with other kinds of units in the same ecosystem. In short, there are a lot of things to consider here alone to show you that you need to get that new update downloading ASAP.


Saving the most important for last, as you can see.
More often than not, a device firmware update aims to boost the security of the unit. The same update could bring other features with it, of course, but the focus would be on the security of your unit.
This is needed because bugs and vulnerabilities will be found in the system from time to time.

We have seen device manufactures fix both hardware and software security problems with an update to the software alone. That ensures the customer does not have to shell out money for another device based on security when they can just upgrade their current device’s firmware.

Downloading Updates

When downloading firmware updates, make sure to go through the official links provided by the device manufacturer. This will ensure you don’t fall on third party websites where you could download malware unknowingly.

Also, it helps to use a secure VPN for network encryption before you update your devices on a public Wi-Fi network. That will help keep your data tunneled and prevent you from hacks/ data loss in the process.

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