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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There's no obvious ROI
by siki_miki on Fri 28th Oct 2011 10:01 UTC
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Why update the phone when you can sell a new one to customer? Not "getting it" that next time customer will stray from their products (as long as competition, like Apple is offering it).

This is old story of mobile phones, which is now getting noticed due to Apple's good job. There's always some carrier crap, custom UI shells and other crap that they never thought of porting to the updated OS. Retesting everything costs, but they will be saving money once they learn to address problems/bugs/missing features/customizations in a way that will be easy to reproduce on the updated platform and/or REPORT UPSTREAM to Google's Android dev team. If forum rom communities can do a better job, so can Samsung, Sony or HTC.

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