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How to survive the wait for an Android update

Why do Android updates take so long? There are occasions when I've waited more than a year for the latest software version, during which time my mind and body have been tested like never before. But I am still here – still standing – and I want to pass on my wisdom to others in need. This is how to survive the wait for an Android update.

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Waiting for an Android update? Check out our survival guide. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download Headspace

Headspace is vital to surviving the wait for an update. This is the meditation and relaxation app said to provide a number of benefits to your mental health: better sleep, less stress and more focus are just a few.

Though meditation can be a scary word for some people, Headspace is simply a way to give your mind a break in a world filled with noise and distractions. It gamifies the idea of relaxation and meditation – which I think is almost counter-intuitive – but I honestly believe that everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness in some way. It's really good for you

Headspace also features a sort of ‘panic mode’ called SOS for when things get really serious and you need a quick break. This will be particularly important for when you hear that your update is rolling out, but only in Poland.

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Staying calm during the long wait for updates is essential. / © ANDROIDPIT
Headspace - meditation Install on Google Play

Play Kitty Cat Clicker

If you aren’t spending at least four-fifths of your day clicking cats, you might as well give up your fight for survival. When I was waiting for the Find 7 update, Kitty Cat Clicker became invaluable.

Headspace can be particularly important for when you hear that your update is rolling out, but only in Poland

Kitty Cat Clicker compels you to click kitty cats (try saying that out loud) and that's basically all. You can tap the display anywhere, at any pace to progress; all it asks is that you keep doing it. 

And I think that is, in essence, what the wait for Android updates is all about. When you think you can't wait any longer, wait some more and then keep on waiting after that. This is particularly relevant advice for owners of Huawei and Honor devices.

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Don't think, just tap. / © ANDROIDPIT

Consume a Marshmallow

Like, the actual candy. It will console you while you think about software Marshmallows. 

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Some reference Marshmallows so you know what to look for. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download new Android version wallpapers

You can trick yourself into thinking you’ve received an update by downloading wallpapers from the latest version. I used Android 6.0 wallpapers long before I received that update and it was almost like running the actual Marshmallow software (save for all the new Marshmallow features I was missing).

Tired of waiting for Marshmallow? Buy some real Marshmallows

If you want to take this idea a step further, you could install the Google Now Launcher app, which will make your device look even more like the latest Android version.

Download Marshmallow wallpapers at the link and install the Google Now Launcher from the button below.

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With this Marshmallow wallpaper, it's almost like I have Android Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Now Launcher Install on Google Play

Check your updates page every day

Think about it. If the rescue helicopter is overhead, but you're asleep in the island cave, then the helicopter might as well not be overhead, right? In other words: the Android update could be ready for you to install, you just need to seek it out.

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Check your update page regularly. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sometimes Android updates become available before you see a notification about it on your device. Go to settings > about phone > software update and tap refresh or check now to see what the situation is.

Invariably, it will say "your system is up to date," in the coldest, most heartbreaking way possible. But sometimes, when the stars align, this tip will allow you to download the update early. 

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This is the face I make when I don't have the latest Android update. / © ANDROIDPIT

Just don't be too disappointed if it's not available. It probably won't be.

Root your phone

Rooting your phone allows you to flash software onto your device which would otherwise be unavailable. This could provide your phone with a fresh look and feel, and might give you more impressive features than the new Android software would anyway.

Here is a list of the best custom ROMs, and some advice on how to root your phone.

Buy an iPhone

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Most iPhones receive the update to the latest version within the first two weeks of release... / © ANDROIDPIT

Just kidding. 

Hang out in the park

Rich or poor, young or old, no matter who you are, or where you are from, parks can be enjoyed by all. Go to parks more often and see how much fun can be had.

And if they aren't already occupied by underage drinkers and potential muggers, even better.

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While you wait for the next Android update, have fun outdoors. / © ANDROIDPIT

How do you cope with the wait for an Android update? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • This article has made me a better man and human. I feel like my soul is at peace now after all this knowledge from you, Master Scott. Oh sensei, I will await Android N with great patience from now on. Much gratitude you have from me, yes yes.

  • Buy a Nexus and don't worry about it

  • Ralph R. 4 months ago Link to comment

    No matter the reason, or situation, and also no matter how outdated your phones software is, I think just because your 2014 Moto X, or whatever is you own that is outdated like mine is, and in need of an major software update, buying an iPhone in my opinion should never be an option worth considering, and is taking things a little bit too far. Just kidding, I could care less what you buy, go ahead and by you some of that $800 iCrap, and let Crapple control your whatever the hell it is you want done to your smartphone.

  • Rideau 4 months ago Link to comment

    Buy a Nexus... maybe?

  • it is better to have nexus phone

  • How do I download Chrome on to my Sony XD93 TV. Find Opera useless.

  • I start thinking of rainbows, and ponys and how wonderful life can be, but then I remember that my straitjacket is really tight and I start screaming until my throat hurts. Then I bang my head arround the corners of the room and against the wool and cotton walls that surround me and think about how I wasted so much of my life.

    • I agree....
      The moment I would be in any need of some APP or AndroidPit to tell me how to relax it would be time to visit my doctor. There would be something serious wrong with me....

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      Earl 4 months ago Link to comment

      what a faggot lol

  • Lalit
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    4 months ago Link to comment

    @Scott I can't hang on park or meditate alot instead of it, I'll prefer to move forward in getting my device rooted or sometimes getting a new device does helps alot :P

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      Earl 4 months ago Link to comment

      sounds like u could use all the help u can get lol

  • An Droid 4 months ago Link to comment

    Here is the big advantage of waiting 6 months for an upgrade: received MM 2 days ago, and it works perfectly. No bitching and moaning about functionalities that don't work, like the Nexus owners did, when they received MM fresh from the oven.

  • Alex R. 4 months ago Link to comment

    Lol... :D Scott!!you are too funny :D

  • hi Scott,
    you forgot to mention the ultimate waiting for an update app...
    "Update blocker"
    a great app that does what it more updates and no more hassle..
    the pro version is even better, it has a brilliant Android retro RSS feed feature.... ArRSS
    with ArRSS feed you can ban all news about new OS updates,.... stuck on lollipop, simple just tell ArRSS feed and it will delete all Marshmallow news and only give you last year's news on how great lollipop is...

  • Super entertaining article! Love it :)

  • Azmin MS 4 months ago Link to comment

    This is very cool article. Love it. Waiting for an Android update is such a great pain indeed.

  • Mark 4 months ago Link to comment

    I look at android updates like I do the lottery. I like to think about how great it will be if I get it. While keeping my mind in the reality, that most likely it won't ever happen.

    Fun article I enjoyed it.

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