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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RE: i'm confused
by jtfolden on Mon 31st Oct 2011 22:49 UTC in reply to "i'm confused"
jtfolden
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2005-08-12

As for the chart, its not quite clear on a couple things. Most Android phones are less than 2 years old. In that time, Android has gone through 5 major versions including ICS, not counting the 3.0 series for tablets. Thats 1.6 - 2.0 - 2.1 - 2.2 - 2.3 - 4.0. Apple has only gone through 2 major version changes. Are there some bad Android companies? Sure. But thats the nature of being free (freedom). You can take it and treat your customers like crap. Its not a fault of Android.


Wait, so 2.1 or 2.2 are considered major releases on Android but things like 4.2 and 4.3 aren't major on an iOS device?

Also, it's irrelevant who's fault it is in the end - Android customers are still being treated like crap.

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RE[2]: i'm confused
by Neolander on Tue 1st Nov 2011 08:53 in reply to "RE: i'm confused"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I see a kind of a point in what he said though. If Android releases are indeed more frequent (can't tell), then a fair graph would use a number that is independent on the update frequency, such as the time since a given release of iOS or Android has been on the market.

Also, considering feature updates as a supreme concern leads to the release of half-baked aberrations such as iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G. What matters most is security and bugfix ("support") updates, not breaking working phones with OS releases that do not work on them, and I'm astonished that so few comments are mentioning that. But this is another story...

Edited 2011-11-01 08:56 UTC

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RE[3]: i'm confused
by Neolander on Tue 1st Nov 2011 10:04 in reply to "RE[2]: i'm confused"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'm currently trying to draw a version of this guy's graph using these principles. I use partly this guy's data, partly wikipedia's one. Maybe I can post that this evening. It shows a fairly different picture, which interestingly enough may be worse for early Android.

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