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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missing the point
by TechGeek on Fri 28th Oct 2011 00:53 UTC
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Member since:
2006-01-14

Did I miss something somewhere? Did all Android phones just stop working because of lack of updates? Did you lose all access to the app store? No? Then whats the problem? So your phone didn't get updated to ICS. Big deal. Its an end user device, not a PC. Did you ever think maybe you don't need to upgrade? As long as the phone does what was promised when you bought it, then you really have no complaint against it.

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RE: missing the point
by Nelson on Fri 28th Oct 2011 01:07 in reply to "missing the point"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Lol, this is rich. "You dont NEED to update!!"

Give me a break. Android only exist because iPhone was an ATT exclusive. We'll see how much longer customers put up with that crap.

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RE[2]: missing the point
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 28th Oct 2011 04:45 in reply to "RE: missing the point"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

So, in countries where AT&T does not do business, android does not exist, right? Or now that three mobile carriers in the US have Iphones, Android's will be relegated to Tmobile and see their market share plummet, right?

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RE: missing the point
by bowkota on Fri 28th Oct 2011 01:39 in reply to "missing the point"
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

Did I miss something somewhere? Did all Android phones just stop working because of lack of updates? Did you lose all access to the app store? No? Then whats the problem? So your phone didn't get updated to ICS. Big deal. Its an end user device, not a PC. Did you ever think maybe you don't need to upgrade? As long as the phone does what was promised when you bought it, then you really have no complaint against it.


Yes the carriers should be congratulated for loading the devices with crapware and hindering users from updating to the latest OS for more than a year (if they ever do get the chance).
I thought only us Apple users where supposed to be sheep.

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RE: missing the point
by leos on Fri 28th Oct 2011 04:01 in reply to "missing the point"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Did I miss something somewhere?


To be concise: Yes

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RE: missing the point
by ichi on Fri 28th Oct 2011 10:56 in reply to "missing the point"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

The problem is that Android updates are an "all or nothing" issue. If bugs or vulnerabilities show up in a certain version the only solution is upgrading to the next OS release. If your carrier decides to not release new OS versions for your device you are screwed.

I've always thought Google should modularize Android so they could push fixes to the core OS though the market the same way they push updates to their apps, instead of relying on whole new ROMs that OEMs and carriers might or might not release for their devices.

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RE[2]: missing the point
by zima on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 23:31 in reply to "RE: missing the point"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Curious how you missed a "top level" (without "RE") comment just above ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?494672 ) which paints not so clear picture...

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RE: missing the point
by Soulbender on Fri 28th Oct 2011 14:44 in reply to "missing the point"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Then whats the problem?


The problem is that someone is afraid of the competition.

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RE: missing the point
by kaiwai on Sat 29th Oct 2011 15:56 in reply to "missing the point"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Did I miss something somewhere? Did all Android phones just stop working because of lack of updates? Did you lose all access to the app store? No? Then whats the problem? So your phone didn't get updated to ICS. Big deal. Its an end user device, not a PC. Did you ever think maybe you don't need to upgrade? As long as the phone does what was promised when you bought it, then you really have no complaint against it.


You do realise that there are important security and reliability fixes that come with new versions of Android.

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