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[3]: Unfair comparison
by leos on Thu 27th Oct 2011 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Unfair comparison"
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Well I don't know about the subjective part.

I do. There's things that are better on the iPhone, and there are things that are better on Android. Claiming that one platform is objectively better than the other is fanboyism. All you can say is that it is better for you. That's fine, but it has no bearing on the issue of updates.

I don't own an Iphone, but I've played with all the models, it's a well built device, I'll give you that, but ... watching my iPhone loving friends, it seems that they always have a problem with it ... it doesn't do MMS, or 3G, or video

It does all those things. In any case, I could go into details about what iOS does better but this is offtopic and pointless, since I have no interest in converting you. The point is that you do have to be openminded enough to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of both platforms.

I get it that it costs money ... but if for my next phone, me and all their customers go with another brand it will cost them more in lost revenue.

Really? You've done the research on this? Because you can bet they have, and came to the opposite conclusion.

And how much could it cost after all? Isn't it just a matter of plugging the old drivers into the new OS? This should be trivial. Why isn't it built like that? I'm genuinely curious ...

Testing is expensive and time consuming. You can't push out an update to hundreds of thousands of consumers without thorough testing.

Edited 2011-10-27 20:37 UTC

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