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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Swimming against the tide...
by AnythingButVista on Fri 28th Oct 2011 01:52 UTC
AnythingButVista
Member since:
2008-08-27

I don't know what is worse, not getting updates in a timely manner, or not being able to downgrade when an update does come in and worsens your experience.

The thing is, none of this will ever change because all manufacturers do it and the loss of one customer will be offset by the gain of another. Example: some Samsung customers get pissed with Samsung's crappy update schedule and they ditch Samsung for HTC on their next phone purchase. So HTC gains customers and now they can afford to lose some by not updating the Nexus One and other HTC phones to ICS, having some customers ditch HTC for Samsung or other manufacturers. Unless we all ditched Android and switched to dumbphones, or Windows Phone, or BlackBerry, or iPhone (same difference), nobody is going to get the message that we demand better support.

And one thing that should be a requirement but isn't, when a manufacturer drops support for a handset, they should be required to unlock the bootloader so the customer can continue to get support from the community. Unfortunately this will never happen because Google doesn't care about us, the users -- we are a product they sell to advertisers, just like Facebook works. If Google cared about Android users they would make this a requirement for using the Android trademark and for licensing their closed-source apps (including the Market).

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RE: Swimming against the tide...
by dsmogor on Fri 28th Oct 2011 09:13 in reply to "Swimming against the tide..."
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

With ICS they have announced some sort of commitment organization to basically get a promise of timely updates after (guessing) 2 years after release from manufacturers.
I thing HTC and Samsung signed in among others afaik.

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RE: Swimming against the tide...
by zima on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 23:03 in reply to "Swimming against the tide..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Google doesn't care about us, the users -- we are a product they sell to advertisers, just like Facebook works.

Well, judging by the flow of money and keynotes self-admiration, users are also a product with Apple ...one they sell to carriers and developers.

In either case, a product which primarily needs to be kept happy, to remain available. Needs to be cared about.

Edited 2011-11-03 23:04 UTC

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