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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It wouldn't matter if Google stopped having major point upgrades and just upgraded individual features of the OS and apps.

The primary problem is that the phone makers do not make money from pushing new OS upgrades to existing phone users. They make money by selling new phones. So, a new phone with the new OS upgrade makes them money while putting the new OS upgrade on an already purchased phone does not.

A secondary problem is that the carriers do not want phones on their systems that enable features people have not explicitly paid for. A new OS upgrade can give you new features out of their control or access to features you haven't paid for and they don't want that.

Google cannot fix this unless they get into the phone making business and get good at it. And good look to them, since the carriers would likely fight it where possible to maintain control. The worst fear of the carriers is to become just another dumb pipe to the Internet.

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