Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Dec 2011 13:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Earlier today, Samsung revealed that it won't update the Galaxy S, its most successful smartphone to date, to the latest version of Android. You might shrug and dismiss that as just more evidence of Android's inherent fragmentation or the need for buyers to beware, but I take grave issue with it. This is a decision based not on technical constraints, as Samsung would have you believe, but on hubris." This. A gazillion million thousand times this. Also: "It's simple: make a large high-end device, a smaller value device, and a QWERTY device. Maybe one or two other specialty form factors, tops. That's it. Update them once a year, and keep the names the same." It would make updating a hell of a lot easier. We don't need the Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch Sensation.
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Comment by Pana4
by Pana4 on Sat 24th Dec 2011 16:02 UTC
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Even though I've been using Samsung phones for the past 10 years this is very disappointing. I always reserve the right to dump a brand the second they become a bad actor. If Samsung thinks it's fine to stop supporting a phone well before it's normal life-cycle is up, then they don't make products I want.
I'm sure another brand will step in to fill their spot.

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RE: Comment by Pana4
by nzgreen on Sat 24th Dec 2011 20:27 in reply to "Comment by Pana4"
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The reason I bought the original Galaxy S was because of the hardware. For me it was the most compelling Android device at the time of purchase.

I think that because the Nexus S is so similar I'll always be able to run the same version of Android that it does.

I realise that installing custom ROMs isn't for everyone. But as long as Samsung keeps bringing out devices with unlocked bootloaders, and the Android dev community keeps porting the latest and greatest to it I'll keep buying them.

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