Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Oct 2011 15:45 UTC
Google "The announcement that Nexus One users won't be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google's support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I've been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones and Nexus One users have fared much, much better than most Android buyers." I'm happy the modding community takes care of orphaned devices, but a solution it is not. I'm hoping the crop of Android phones released this past year - which were not included in this analysis - fair better. If there's one thing Google should steal from Apple, it's their iOS update support.
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RE: That's all very nice, but...
by WorknMan on Thu 27th Oct 2011 18:07 UTC in reply to "That's all very nice, but..."
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SO you can only compare phones running android individually, and not group them as 'Android'.

Horseshit. If it says 'Android' on it and has access to the Android market, then it's an Android phone, and SHOULD be compared with all other Android phones.

This whole lack of updates thing is the reason why I will only consider getting a Nexus Android phone from now on, until/unless this situation changes. So for me, those phones that are infected with vendor bloatware don't exist, thus the Galaxy Nexus will be the only Android phone released in the next year or so. If the Galaxy Nexus ends up being a shitty phone, I will wait for the next iPhone or decent Nexus phone to come out.

As for a lack of updates not hurting anyone, think about this... if there is a MAJOR vulnerability found in Android that effects several versions, if Google fixes it in ICS, will they back port it to Gingerbread and Froyo? And if they do, how long will it take for individual vendors to get that update out to individual phones?

And lack of updates isn't the only thing wrong either... last time I checked (a few months ago), there were still brand new Android phones coming out with Froyo, a full 6+ months after Gingerbread was released!! Can you imagine brand new PCs being sold today with Windows Vista installed? It's lunacy.

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