Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Dec 2013 09:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

About 2 years back, I read this article on Michael Degusta's personal blog. It was a revelation. Michael ripped the Android ecosystem apart with a simple chart. The chart converted me from an Android user to an iPhone user. I hope this chart helps other folks make an informed decision when their next smartphone upgrade is due.

Charts like this do great in certain areas of the web, but it's too simplistic. First, it does not take into account that many core aspects of Android are updated through Google Play, such as Chrome, Gmail, Maps, the keyboard, and so on. Whereas iOS needs an entire update to fix a small bug in, say, Maps - Android does not. Many core parts that require an entire OS update for iOS are updated weekly on Android.

Second, it does not mention that even though older iPhone models get the latest version of iOS, some functionality of these latest versions is disabled due to marketing, and in some cases due to hardware constraints (if you were to believe Apple, that is).

Third and foremost, though: I'm betting each and every one of those devices has at least an Android 4.2 or 4.3 release (and some have 4.4 too, like my Find 5) from, for instance, CyanogenMod - and countless other ROM makers. Installing a custom ROM is one of the strengths of Android, and not nearly as hard or difficult as some make it out to be. If your iPhone becomes unsupported or really slow due to iOS7 - you're screwed. You have no other options. If Samsung's TouchWiz crap makes your Galaxy slow, run out and get a quality phone install a custom ROM.

I see this all the time: people ignoring core strengths of Android because they don't understand them or because they don't belong to their interests - "this is just for nerds and geeks, so it's irrelevant!" Take discussions about application on iOS and Android, for instance; those arguing in favour of iOS routinely ignore that Android has access to types of applications iOS users could only dream of. If you leave those out, it's easy to make Android's application offering look weaker. The same happens when looking at Android and updates.

All this doesn't negate the fact that updates are by far Android's weakest link, although not nearly as much of an issue as it used to be during the gingerbread days. Moving more and more parts of Android to Play will eventually all but solve the issue completely.

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Sounds good.
by Windows Sucks on Thu 5th Dec 2013 14:40 UTC
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But there are several things forgotten.

1. As Google moves more to the play store, the less of it is open source. So the changes Google makes will not show up in Roms anymore and or you might not be able to install them in your Rom once you change over to one.

2. You can jailbreak your iPhone a get a lot of features that Apple leaves out just like you can install a rom on your Android phone.

3. Also though Apps are updated through the play store that still leaves the old core OS on a lot of phones with security holes etc. Where a lot of times the OS updates that Apple does also most of the time address bug and security issues also.

4. Roms also can cause you to void your warranty as you see from Google kicking out the easy installer that Cyanogenmod added to the play store.

5. Most people will never load a rom, just like most people never buy a second battery and most people never upgrade the SD card. (Notice that Google's Nexus phones are more like the iPhone on both of those counts now) It sounds good to have that freedom but 99% of people never use it.

6. Also Google its self only supports its own phones for 18 months. That might cover 2 versions of the OS, the shipped version and one version update. (Maybe)

In the end Google is taking more control over this finally. I hope it does work out to where all Android phones can get updates in the future!

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