Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Oct 2011 00:20 UTC
Google "Let's not mince words here: This 'Android and iPhone Update History' chart [OSNews item] is not a good chart. Oh, it's a pretty chart, to be sure artfully illustrated and researched. But this chart - done up by Michael Degusta at The Understatement and reposted by anyone unable to think clearly, apparently - is not a good chart. Or at the very least, it fails to recognize a fundamental difference between Android and iOS and the iPhone."
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So true.
by bowkota on Sun 30th Oct 2011 10:54 UTC
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2011-10-12

If that’s not “fragmentation,” we don’t know what is.


I think this article is spot on. Andoid doesn't have any update or fragmentation issues; the iPhone is the one that's fragmented!!! And even if Android has any such issues, you shouldn't really care.

Are you staying up nights waiting for an upgrade because you have just have to have to be on the latest version? If you’re reading this, then you might well be. Or you might have rooted and ROM’d by now. (And if so, good on ya!) The rest of world? The “normal” consumers? Not so much.

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RE: So true.
by moondevil on Sun 30th Oct 2011 14:41 in reply to "So true."
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2005-07-08

"If that’s not “fragmentation,” we don’t know what is.


I think this article is spot on. Andoid doesn't have any update or fragmentation issues; the iPhone is the one that's fragmented!!! And even if Android has any such issues, you shouldn't really care.
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Couldn't agree more. Sure has Android some fragmentation, but iPhone also has it.

The thing is, iPhone users as Mac users are used to be left behind after a few OS releases. I doubt that there are many software houses targeting all iPhone generations. Plus iOS does not support all previous models. So the developers are also constrained which APIs they are able across iPhone devices.

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RE[2]: So true.
by bowkota on Sun 30th Oct 2011 15:44 in reply to "RE: So true."
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2011-10-12


The thing is, iPhone users as Mac users are used to be left behind after a few OS releases. I doubt that there are many software houses targeting all iPhone generations. Plus iOS does not support all previous models. So the developers are also constrained which APIs they are able across iPhone devices.


I was being sarcastic. There's barely any fragmentation in the iOS platform. By Christmas 9 in 10 users will be on iOS 5. The similarities between the 2 in terms of fragmentation is like heaven and hell.

Let's not start talking about developers here, the differences between the 2 markets are even more significant.

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RE[2]: So true.
by tbutler on Sun 30th Oct 2011 19:08 in reply to "RE: So true."
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2005-07-06

I think bringing up a lack of iOS support for the original iPhone or iPhone 3G is absurd. Apple's three year support cycle is longer than any other one I've seen in the mobile space. The point isn't that Apple eventually quits supporting devices -- every company must do that -- but that they wait a lot longer to do so. Android devices are sometimes released with outdated software and stay that way for good. Right now, every new iPhone (3GS/4/4S) has a current copy of iOS on it.

Will any Android device still be receiving official updates at the 3 year mark?

Yes, the newer iPhones support additional features, but the core platform is up to date even on the 2 1/2 year old iPhone 3GS.

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