Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Oct 2011 00:20 UTC
Google "Let's not mince words here: This 'Android and iPhone Update History' chart [OSNews item] is not a good chart. Oh, it's a pretty chart, to be sure artfully illustrated and researched. But this chart - done up by Michael Degusta at The Understatement and reposted by anyone unable to think clearly, apparently - is not a good chart. Or at the very least, it fails to recognize a fundamental difference between Android and iOS and the iPhone."
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RE[3]: So true.
by zima on Sun 6th Nov 2011 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So true."
zima
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Apple's three year support cycle is longer than any other one I've seen in the mobile space. The point isn't that Apple eventually quits supporting devices -- every company must do that -- but that they wait a lot longer to do so

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_5800#Firmware_updates - this one has nice summary of updates on Wiki, 3.5 years and counting (essentially the same phone as many others, 5230 for example - this one just doesn't have extensive article)

And yes, earlier big updates were rare... but that's mostly because of the realities of HW constraints & the pace of its evolution; Apple jumped in almost at the point where such practice became possible. Previously, software needed to be much more tied to HW generation (or, how do you upgrade, say, Nokia 3310, 3510i or 5300?)


Plus, 3GS - as you say, a fairly popular phone bought new, now - will be likely dropped quite soon (relative to time after recent purchases); Apple needs supporting them longer from the launch of the device (notice, those are two different things) since they have much longer stretches between devices AND PUSH THEM ON CONSUMERS FOR MUCH LONGER (you say that yourself nearby; together with this, they might even possibly have a shorter period of support when counted from the median times of when given model was available, when it was purchased - but of course, simplistic stats won't look at that, only at launch dates)

The average Android handset isn't pushed for nearly so long on the consumers.
(also, if OS releases - or rather announcements, really - are more frequent, then it looks worse, it appears as if it lags more often, despite it being a function of something a bit else than speedy updates)

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