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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Why this is a problem
by laffer1 on Thu 27th Oct 2011 18:23 UTC
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2007-11-09

Most people are citing app updates or some other nonsense. I don't care if my phone gets new features, but I do care if it's security patched. I don't want some botnet taking over my phone and sending text messages or emails for instance.

Vendors of Android devices don't care if their users have a secure environment. If this were Microsoft or Apple dropping support for a desktop OS in less than a year (security patches), most people would be outraged in the tech community. When phones got "smart" they also introduced the risk of security issues through apps, text messages (with images), and web browsing. It's not like a traditional cell phone and requires extra care.

Google fans, this isn't an attack on Google just the companies who sell these phones. Maybe google can set a new standard with their motorola acquisition. They can sell phones that get updates and turn it into a selling point. That might get other vendors to follow.

I'd like to point out that my iPhone 3G was no longer supported before my contract expired. Apple isn't perfect about this either. I think all phones should get updates for 2 years from the END of sales. It's not Apple's fault how long contracts are for, but they profit from this model and should offer their customers protection. The same goes for google based devices.

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RE: Why this is a problem
by arpan on Thu 27th Oct 2011 18:46 in reply to "Why this is a problem"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

I'd like to point out that my iPhone 3G was no longer supported before my contract expired. Apple isn't perfect about this either. I think all phones should get updates for 2 years from the END of sales. It's not Apple's fault how long contracts are for, but they profit from this model and should offer their customers protection. The same goes for google based devices.


I agree. New OS versions updates are probably not possible for a phone released 3 years earlier, but they should atleast provide security updates for 2 to 3 years after they stop selling them. Which would mean that since the 3GS is still being sold, it should continue to get security updates until 2014.

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RE[2]: Why this is a problem
by fatjoe on Thu 27th Oct 2011 21:21 in reply to "RE: Why this is a problem"
fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

and how do you know they dont??


Google continuously updates the system apps in background without user knowledge. Security updates are generally unrelated to android version

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RE: Why this is a problem
by zima on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:58 in reply to "Why this is a problem"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I'd like to point out that my iPhone 3G was no longer supported before my contract expired. Apple isn't perfect about this either.

It's worse than that. There are tools which "jailbreak" iPhones via a browser; essentially, visiting some random page. Their security practices are broken, are an illusion; the sandbox isn't about protecting you, but Appstore profits.
Plus how it required updates via iTunes, many could easily go unupdated (especially in less vocal, so less visible users) - while Androids get from market security updates independent of OS versions.

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