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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Comment by snorkel2
by snorkel2 on Thu 27th Oct 2011 19:01 UTC
snorkel2
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2007-03-06

who cares? There is this thing called "rooting" where you can most of the time update it yourself.
Even on new phones the carriers are super slow to do any updates.

I actually have a HTC Inspire(desire HD) and I have never even accepted a carrier OTA update since I rooted the device, I could give a rat's ass what AT&T or Verizon do, I don't want to wait for them to get off their asses and do what needs to be done.

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RE: Comment by snorkel2
by bowkota on Thu 27th Oct 2011 20:07 in reply to "Comment by snorkel2"
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

who cares? There is this thing called "rooting" where you can most of the time update it yourself.

Your grandmother, your mother, your 12 year old daughter, your mechanic, your boss, your children's teacher, your gardener, probably most of your colleagues, most of your friends... and the list goes on.
I would say a good estimation would be 90% of the active smartphone population don't know how to do this but more importantly they don't want to bother with it (and I think I'm being generous here).

Microsoft came late into this and they've done a much better job than Android.

Edited 2011-10-27 20:07 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by snorkel2
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 27th Oct 2011 20:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by snorkel2"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Your grandmother, your mother, your 12 year old daughter, your mechanic, your boss, your children's teacher, your gardener, probably most of your colleagues, most of your friends... and the list goes on.
I would say a good estimation would be 90% of the active smartphone population don't know how to do this but more importantly they don't want to bother with it (and I think I'm being generous here).


That's the thing - the same applies to updates. I have yet to encounter an iPhone or iPad in the wild which was fully updated - other than my own. Just about every iPhone I've seen was running the version it came shipped with.

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RE[2]: Comment by snorkel2
by MOS6510 on Thu 27th Oct 2011 21:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by snorkel2"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

A colleague of mine rooted his Android phone.

Okay, he bricked it and after waiting 4 weeks for it to get it repaired he took up the offer of forgetting about it and taking a show model. But lucky him, there was a 16 GB micro SD card inside.

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