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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RE[3]: Speak by spending $$
by unclefester on Sun 25th Dec 2011 04:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Speak by spending $$"
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13


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



Really? I doubt that even 10% of people expect their phones to be upgraded for free (or at all).

I've owned mobile phones for around 20 years. Most of them have never been able to been upgraded in any way.

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RE[4]: Speak by spending $$
by Drumhellar on Sun 25th Dec 2011 06:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Speak by spending $$"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Older phones are different (Though, I have gotten updates for a couple), but smart phones are different.

Apple has greater than 10% of the smartphone market, right? Their phones have seen major software updates for a while after release. Updates for Windows Mobile-based phones (pre 7) were frequently available, and Microsoft pushes WP7 updates, giving carriers limited ability to restrict updates. Blackberry phones received updates, as well.
HTC and Motorola lately have been committing to longer-term support than previously offered.

So, yes, whether or not you've been paying attention, OS updates on smart phones are expected.

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RE[5]: Speak by spending $$
by unclefester on Sun 25th Dec 2011 07:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Speak by spending $$"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

So, yes, whether or not you've been paying attention, OS updates on smart phones are expected.


The fastest growing market is occurring in sub-$150 phones. These are considered to be basically disposable items. The owners don't expect them to be a long term investment and don't care less about upgrades.

Edited 2011-12-25 08:02 UTC

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