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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RE[5]: missing the point
by Nelson on Fri 28th Oct 2011 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: missing the point"
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That came with real multitasking, copy&paste, sane notification system etc right from the start.


From a user experience stand point, its a complete iPhone knock off. Rattling off minor differences which have no perceivable impact to the average person (its my experience that the average person doesn't even know what multitasking is, or at worst, they see Android's full multitasking as a nuisance) does not change this.


How could anybody want that?


I'd be interested to see any tangible proof that multitasking or copy and paste have any impact on device sales. Like I said, in my experience, people I've talked to couldn't care less.


I get it, you are a iFan but even you should understand that not everybody wants a locked down vendor controlled device that only comes with 3G and a single form factor.


I'm in iFan? Read my comment history. Lol. Now, your second point is very true. Form factor plays a huge part, certainly moreso than multitaskng or copy and paste. However, I disagree with the implied notion that it is the primary driver of sales.

Again, I think Apple's ATT exclusivity opened up a sufficient window of opportunity that Android and Operators seized very well.


People actually want smaller or bigger screens, keyboards, 4G, 1GB RAM, AMOLED+, 3D or what the hell. IRL one size fits _all_ is not really working.


I don't know, I mean maybe if they see it on a spec sheet. However what good is 1GB RAM if the phone is not as smooth as an iPhone?

I think its true in general people want a smooth phone, but that doesn't mean adding features conducive to a smooth experience without actually delivering on said experience is enough to drive sales. If it does, it only ends in disappointment, and I think given the satisfaction rates of Android, that this is very likely. The same is true of dual core CPUs, etc.

AMOLEDs I can agree with as it has a very visible impact on the phone experience.

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