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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Speak by spending $$
by jimmystewpot on Sat 24th Dec 2011 23:53 UTC
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Member since:
2006-01-19

The continual improvement in Android hardware is excellent.. however the software of ALL the manufacturers can't keep up with the hardware pace, that's why we keep having these lagged upgrades. HTC etc simply can't keep up partially because of the bloatware, partially because they want to keep customers upgrading every year... unfortunately it's not going to work if they don't get the software updates, and the carrier terms are almost always 24 months now.. it's unacceptable to have a 24 month contract any only have 1 update, if your lucky 2..

I love android, but I can't stand the carrier/vendor arrogance around their update policies.. I am now a keen Cyanogen mod follower so I can get regular updates AND not have the hassle of carrier/software lock in.

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RE: Speak by spending $$
by unclefester on Sun 25th Dec 2011 00:05 in reply to "Speak by spending $$"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

You may keep your new car 5-10 years. The manufacturer won't offer any upgrades at all during that period. If you want an improvement in performance, handling, braking etc you have the choice of either paying for modifications via a 3rd party or buying a new car.

If you don't expect a $100k car to get upgraded why would you expect a $100 phone to be upgraded?

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RE[2]: Speak by spending $$
by Drumhellar on Sun 25th Dec 2011 03:01 in reply to "RE: Speak by spending $$"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

If you don't expect a $100k car to get upgraded why would you expect a $100 phone to be upgraded?


Well, frankly, phones are not cars. Nobody has ever expected free upgrades to their car, but people expect that with their phones.

The fact that Samsung won't support even the most recent phones with software updates is alien. Microsoft still releases minor updates for XP, and for a while, provided new features for users who bought it years before. Apple does the same, with their desktops and their phones. For Samsung to ditch support of a still new phone for such a lame excuse is something that is unreasonable.

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RE[2]: Speak by spending $$
by kaiwai on Mon 26th Dec 2011 01:21 in reply to "RE: Speak by spending $$"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

You may keep your new car 5-10 years. The manufacturer won't offer any upgrades at all during that period. If you want an improvement in performance, handling, braking etc you have the choice of either paying for modifications via a 3rd party or buying a new car.

If you don't expect a $100k car to get upgraded why would you expect a $100 phone to be upgraded?


Because smart phones run sophisticated software that have bugs and security holes - as a consumer I expect that they provide software updates to address those short comings in a timely and responsible manner. Sorry, you're comparing a physical product to something (software) that can be replicated over and over again via the distribution channels (internet) for a few cents. The situation isn't even comparable.

Edited 2011-12-26 01:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Speak by spending $$
by PresentIt on Mon 26th Dec 2011 19:23 in reply to "RE: Speak by spending $$"
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

You may keep your new car 5-10 years. The manufacturer won't offer any upgrades at all during that period.

Actually, they will recall cars if they discover some problem that might cause to their customers. Lots of models have been recalled though the years because of flaws in the design (bugs).

Similarly, phones will have bugs. Especially with all the security problems everywhere it's important to provide updates.

You don't want someone to own your phone because of a security hole, right? You'd want it patched, right?

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RE: Speak by spending $$
by unclefester on Sun 25th Dec 2011 04:47 in reply to "Speak by spending $$"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

In most countries, except the USA, phones are readily available unlocked or can be unlocked for a relatively modest fee.

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