I was fan of classic dumbphones, till before few years I got my first smartphone – Nokia Lumia 640. Before I definitely moved to iPhone, I was also using some Android smartphones. My Lumia was lucky model, because I got Windows Mobile 10 and all of its updates. Problem with Windows Phone based smartphones was fact, that many smartphones running Windows Phone 7.5 did not get Windows Phone 8, just little tweaked Windows Phone 7.8. And that’s not all – Microsoft claimed that all Lumias with Windows Phone 8.1 will get Windows Mobile 10 – but that didn’t happen. And if we count low market share and practically no interest from many developers of, but not limited to, key apps, it was slow death of Microsoft’s mobile platform.
Support for Windows Phone 8.1 ended before almost two years. To compare, Windows 10 Mobile will be out of support by the end of 2019. Microsoft is slowly shutting down services related to its mobile platform. As for Windows 8.1, Microsoft will shut down Windows Phone 8.1 Store in December 16, 2019. Since July 1, 2019, developers were not allowed to publish new apps and updates of existing apps in Windows Phone 8.1 Store.
It also means, that if you make factory reset of your Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, you won’t be able to reinstall your apps, even payed ones. If you are still using this dead system, you should reset your device before 16th December.
Unlike Android, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile were running swiftly even on low-end hardware, often with 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. Though performance of common Android-based smartphones is better than in the past – till you didn’t get smartphone priced at 50 USD or something like that – situation is still not as good as in case of iPhones. I have iPhone 6s and I can run the latest operating system without lags. Also, I will get updates till September 2020, when Apple will cut iPhone 6s from support of the latest iOS, iOS 14. If I imagine, that iPhone 6s started with iOS 9, it’s 5 years of support.