Smartphones, especially Android phones, have a tendency to slow down over time. Every new smartphone feels snappy at first, but as it ages, it almost urges you to buy a new phone. Ever wondered, “Why my smartphone is slow as it ages?”
Here are 5 reasons why smartphone performance deteriorates over time.
1. Several RAM hogging apps
Out of the box, every phone comes installed with limited apps. Once you start setting it up and install apps over time, you fail to realise something crucial. Almost every popular app you install will run in the background to keep you notified. These apps run in the background even when you haven’t opened the app in a while.
Something as simple as Facebook, Twitter and Google apps end up consuming loads of system memory. Having several apps running in the background will result in poor performance and more battery consumption. Know your app behaviours and manage them accordingly.
2. Cleaning junk files
Android heavily relies on cache partition to aid faster performance in apps. With several apps being used daily, this cache partition is bound to fill up. This clogged partition will eventually result in slow user experience.
While many phones come with junk cleaners installed, there are several apps on Play Store to clean your junk files. These apps keep a check on your cache partition and will remind you to clean your cache on regular intervals.
3. Maintain a healthy internal and external storage space
Our smartphones run on flash drives built on the same principle as Solid State Drives (SSDs). These drives slow down as they fill up. Hence, it is wise to keep a healthy internal and external storage space for your phone to achieve best performance.
It’s 2017 and we no longer need to fill our devices with photos, videos and music. Many music and video streaming apps feature offline downloads. Photos and videos can be synced instantly through cloud-based storage services, usually for free.
4. Too hot to handle
Ever noticed your smartphone heat up while gaming or using a resource heavy app? There are several other factors that can contribute to heating. Heat is generated even when you have too many radio sensors (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.) activated.
Phones nowadays come with intelligent software that sense heat and adjust processing frequencies accordingly. If the phone senses too much heat, it will lower the processor frequency. This lower frequency translates to a poor performing device. Avoid using a heated phone for safety reasons and let the phone do its thing.
5. Physical life of a smartphone
A smartphone’s life has reduced drastically over the years. While feature phones could last years, smartphones rely heavily on hardware and software support. Manufacturers support their devices for a year or a bit more and then abandon them. Many will agree that a year is too short for a device you paid with your hard-earned money.
While software can be baked on an older hardware, there is certainly the factor of physical wear and tear to be considered. Phones come with delicate internals and their quality changes across phone tiers. An old phone will be relatively slower despite support from developers as it ages through the space of time and technology.