Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:42 UTC
Google So, Gingerbread has finally dropped below 50% of devices accessing Google Play. Ice Cream Sandwich has almost hit the 30%, and after six months, Jelly Bean (4.1 and 4.2) almost hit the 10%. Google's page listing these numbers is like a trainwreck in slowmotion.
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Risk factors
by bram on Fri 4th Jan 2013 02:49 UTC
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I think this may have to do with risks.
If you look at an OS upgrade from the carrier's point of view:
There is not much immediate financial gain in upgrading devices.
There is a huge threat though: although chances are slim, pushing firmware could theoretically brick millions of devices.
If that ever happens to a carrier, it will be game over for them.
No user is ever want to be their customer again.
Why run a risk (however unlikely) with stakes this high?
It's easier just to sell them new phones with newer^H^H^H^H^H less old OSes.

Edited 2013-01-04 02:50 UTC

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