Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Dec 2011 13:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Earlier today, Samsung revealed that it won't update the Galaxy S, its most successful smartphone to date, to the latest version of Android. You might shrug and dismiss that as just more evidence of Android's inherent fragmentation or the need for buyers to beware, but I take grave issue with it. This is a decision based not on technical constraints, as Samsung would have you believe, but on hubris." This. A gazillion million thousand times this. Also: "It's simple: make a large high-end device, a smaller value device, and a QWERTY device. Maybe one or two other specialty form factors, tops. That's it. Update them once a year, and keep the names the same." It would make updating a hell of a lot easier. We don't need the Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch Sensation.
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Nice to see I'm not alone
by phoenix on Sat 24th Dec 2011 13:42 UTC
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It's nice to see that I'm not alone in thinking the Android phone manufacturers are going way overboard with the bazillion and one different phones released every year.

It would be so nice if they concentrated their efforts on releasing just 2 hardware platforms per year (high-end, low-end), in 2 (maybe 3) formfactors (touchscreen-only, touchscreen + hardware keyboard).

That way, there would only be 4 (maybe 6) phone models to worry about:
1a. high-end, large screen, touscreen-only
1b. high-end, large screen, touchscreen + keyboard
1c. high-end, large screen, other formfactor
2a. lower-end, smaller screen, touchscreen-only
2b. lower-end, smaller screen, touscreen + keyboard
2c. lower-end, smaller screen, other formfactor

Sony Ericsson was looking like they were going this way with the Xperia 2011 phones. The Arc and Play are the same hardware, but one has a slide-out gamepad. The Neo and Pro are the same hardware, but one has a slide-out keyboard. The Mini and Mini Pro are the same hardware, but one has a slide-out keyboard. If they had left it at that, things would have been about perfect and easy to support.

But, then they went and added all the other models and just totally muddied the waters. And now it's going to take forever and a day to get upgrades out to all the variations. Still waiting for 2.3.4+ on my Pro. And 4.0 won't be coming to the Pro until after April (Arc, Neo, Ray get it first).

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