Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 18:29 UTC
Google At the Google I/O conference, Google just held its second keynote address, which focussed on Android. The talk was held by Vic Gundotra, and he unveiled a number of new features coming in Android 2.2 "Froyo", as well as some features coming in Froyo+1. The main theme of the entire keynote? Openness and choice, and a whole bucketload of not-so-subtle jabs at Apple. I'd like to apologise upfront for a possible lack of critical notes in this article - I'm still handing out the brownie points to Google for yesterday.
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RE[3]: Comment by phoenix
by ricegf on Fri 21st May 2010 09:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by phoenix"
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So? If new phones are being introduced that run 1.5 or 1.6, and those phones are selling well, it's because non-geek people *don't care* about operating system version. They like the physical features, or the color, or a specific capability, or the "feel".

Look, just as a test, I asked a few of my iPhone using friends what version of the OS they were running. All of them looked at me like I was an alien; one said "They have OS versions?" and another said, "George, you're such a geek!"

You and I know that phone updates can break apps, and that apps can be written to specific OS versions or to require certain phone features. Maybe it's the triumph of Microsoft, but user's just don't *care*. If the phone does what they want, and has a nice slew of apps plus the mainstream ones they care about (like Kindle with my wife), it's all a non-issue.

Have you noticed how many Symbian phones are sold nowadays? 44.5% of all smartphones? Something like 35% of all phones? When was the last time an existing Symbian phone received a brand new OS version? Still selling, and still predicted by both Gartner and IDC to be the best selling smartphone in *2012*.

Normal people just don't care.

And it's not that much of an issue with a lot of geeks, including me. Android has 50,000 apps. If only 40,000 work with my OS upgrade (pretending I use Android for the moment), even *I* don't care. We'll get 10,000 new ones next week, and they *will* work with the new OS. Plus I get all the shiny new features. Win!

And I've had computers all my *life* that couldn't be upgraded to the latest version of the OS; do you think most computers are going to 7? Do you think my Nokia 770 went to Maemo 5? Heck, it didn't even go to 4! These devices use the OS that came with them, and only update if I believe it's a *big* win (because upgrading always carries both risk and a bit of hassle), and that's ok - they run what I bought, and do what I bought them to do.

Some iPhones can't be updated to 4, and some can but don't get all the new features like the pseudo-multi-tasking, and some apps will certainly break. I haven't condemned Apple for that. It's par for the course. And they're true to their customer base - you get the one model of iPhone, and the one OS upgrade per year (until they drop support for your year), and if that's what you want, Apple's got it. Limited choice, limited change, Steve's patented "great experience". I'm happy for you. But not everybody wants that. Given recent sales figures, quite a *lot* of people don't.

It's just a non-issue. If it weren't, why would Android be outselling the iPhone now?

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