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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It's the Fasr East production model
by danbi on Wed 28th Dec 2011 11:50 UTC
danbi
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2011-12-28

I believe the only sane explanation to this 'phenomena' lies in the way 'things' are manufactured in the far east (China, Korea.. name it). It sort of goes like this:

1: You get a product design. It maybe coming form your own R&D labs, or someone has ordered you the production to their own design, or you just hm.. borrowed it. (*)
Then you build the production lines. You might even build a plant for the purpose. You source all the necessary components and you start production. You produce few million of these things. Optionally, you dump the whole production line, or you keep parts of it. You go back to 1.

This production model says that a product is as good as it sells. If it is selling well, you repeat the process with "improvements". If the product is not selling well, you dump it at lower price to "secondary markets" (for some weird reason, the US market is considered primary, although there is least profit in there -- perhaps politics).

Following this production model lets you, the manufacturer not care at all about this "western" things as "customer support".

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Similar dynamics were present in big mobile brands of a ~decade ago, when the production or support were largely in the fabled "glorious west"... really, drop the ~sinophobia.
(BTW, most of Nokia fabs are not in the Far East, ~half are in the EU, one is even quite close to Cupertino... doesn't do that much good, it seems, and/or nobody cares)

for some weird reason, the US market is considered primary

At the very least, it's certainly a very visible market with loud pundits; plus relatively homogeneous, easier to coordinate & push things.

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