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[5]: Speak by spending $$
by unclefester on Sun 25th Dec 2011 07:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Speak by spending $$"
unclefester
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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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RE[6]: Speak by spending $$
by zima on Sat 31st Dec 2011 19:29 in reply to "RE[5]: Speak by spending $$"
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2005-07-06

Not really true, such price ranges strongly imply uptake happening in places with much less "disposable" funds, where people are already known to hold onto their phones for a long time (and they actually own them / are typically on prepaid)

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