Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:36 UTC
Google Forget patent trolling - Android's biggest weakness, and most daunting obstacle to overcome, is its complete and utter lack of updates. Motorola has detailed its upgrade plans for Ice Cream Sandwich - and it ain't good. If the company Google just bought can't even update its phones properly, what can we expect from the rest?
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This will never change
by moondevil on Thu 16th Feb 2012 10:30 UTC
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

Having some experience in the telecommunication world and as a former Nokia employee, I can say this will never change.

Any manufacturer is happier to sell you a new mobile than provide you free OS upgrades.

Apple does it, because they control both hardware and OS.

WP7 manufactures are doing it, only because Microsoft imposes them to do it. But if Microsoft can see better manufacturer support for WP7 by dropping this requirement, they will drop it.

The guys developing Android phones are the same ones that did Brew, Symbian, or whatever proprietary OS they had. These are on the game to sell you mobiles, not OS upgrades.

Actually the casual user has been educated that if he/she wants a better mobile, then he/she needs to buy a new one. It is a shame that works like this, but I see hardly any possible change on how it works.

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RE: This will never change
by dsmogor on Thu 16th Feb 2012 10:43 in reply to "This will never change"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Your former employer has already forced MS to support an additional SOC (ST Ericcsson Novathor ) in WP. With Win8 o believe the situation will more resemble one with Windows. MS is enforcing a number of PC-like interface standards so o guess only manufacturers who adapt will be given invitation.
In the longer term this should beneft android platform as well.

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RE[2]: This will never change
by Neolander on Thu 16th Feb 2012 10:53 in reply to "RE: This will never change"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Indeed, it would be good if non-Windows ARM devices benefitted from the ARM standardization that Microsoft try to bring on the table for Windows 8.

Here's to hoping that most OEMs will attempt to reduce their manufacturing costs by using the same standards everywhere...

Edited 2012-02-16 10:53 UTC

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RE[2]: This will never change
by _txf_ on Thu 16th Feb 2012 11:44 in reply to "RE: This will never change"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

MS is enforcing a number of PC-like interface standards so o guess only manufacturers who adapt will be given invitation.


The other side of the coin is that you cannot mod,alter or remove the OS. So the fact that there are standards, for us at least, there isn't any discernible benefit.

That is, unless they start selling completely open tablets with the same architecture...

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