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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by oiaohm on Thu 27th Oct 2011 22:47 UTC
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ICS moves to more modular. So more can be updated by normal android market.

Ok you cannot replace the core kernel unless it supports the hardware. So the major version will not always change. But the applications and interface will still update.

Then comes a question is it important to be running the latest kernel?

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