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Google Yes, it's been a long road, but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has achieved a major milestone. Just over half a year since it's been released, Google's latest Android version has crossed the all-important 7% installed base barrier. This is a major achievement for Android, so Google has reason to celebrate. I'm proud to be part of the 7.1%.
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Interesting Side Point
by jimmystewpot on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 05:36 UTC
jimmystewpot
Member since:
2006-01-19

A fair few of my non-technical friends use android phones. There is one thing that surprised me coming from my custom rom bubble.. The big question that they ask is.. why do I need to upgrade. These are users who have come from feature phones to smart phones which they use for emails, sms and phone calls.. so they don't get why they need to upgrade to get new features when the features they need work "just fine" as they are...

I suspect there are tens of thousands of users around the world that fall into this category.. they see the update icon come up on their phone and never actually apply it because they just don't see a need.

I wonder how many ICS user we would have if all those users simply accepted the update?

Personally I think it's being a good citizen to keep your devices updated. In theory it should mean that you get security updates in a timely fashion...

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RE: Interesting Side Point
by shotsman on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 05:59 in reply to "Interesting Side Point"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

I think you are right on the nail here.

Some makers don't give two hoots about aftercare. No security patches at all or what's worse a security patch that has made the phone unstable. (HTC, I'm looking at you).

As much as Google etc might like everyone to be running ICS a good proportion of the H/W out there simply can't handle it.

I see 'ICS fanboism' amongst Android users that is far worse than iOS envy in the Apple camp. Some have volunteered to root my phone so that I can join the club. Despite my actually hating HTC with a venom for making Apps like Twatter and FaceBlock part of the OS and thus can't be removed, I've gone back to the unpatched version of 2.3 that came with the phone. The many hundreds of posts in various fouls about people having real issues with ICS has made my mind up for me.

The bottom line is that for my needs, (phone, texts, looking up train times/location and a bit of browsing) the phone does what it says on the tin.

Then I have enough funds put together I'll be buying new phone and keeping the Sensation for use when I'm abroad on business. I am currently undecided about staying with Android or going back to an iPhone.
All I want is for the damm thing to work.
I suspect that I'm not alone there.

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RE: Interesting Side Point
by abraxas on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 13:09 in reply to "Interesting Side Point"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

A fair few of my non-technical friends use android phones. There is one thing that surprised me coming from my custom rom bubble.. The big question that they ask is.. why do I need to upgrade. These are users who have come from feature phones to smart phones which they use for emails, sms and phone calls.. so they don't get why they need to upgrade to get new features when the features they need work "just fine" as they are...

I suspect there are tens of thousands of users around the world that fall into this category.. they see the update icon come up on their phone and never actually apply it because they just don't see a need.

I wonder how many ICS user we would have if all those users simply accepted the update?

Personally I think it's being a good citizen to keep your devices updated. In theory it should mean that you get security updates in a timely fashion...


Spot on. A lot of users don't even upgrade their apps, nevermind their OS. Only people into tech are interested in the newest update unless it has a feature that everyone has been clamoring for or it has been marketed to death.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Eh, True to an extent. But, sometimes updates make a huge difference in usability. comparing my cm9 captivate to a samsung 2.2 image is just ridiculous. When I showed my non tech friend that hadn't updated, he obviously wanted to. When the difference between the usability is great, people will want to upgrade. When their is a great visibile difference in performance, people will want to upgrade when they learn of it.

This is the same reason why each version of MS Office looks different, so you know its different, without having to be one of those rare people that notice a new feature or improvement.

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RE[2]: Interesting Side Point
by kristoph on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 23:07 in reply to "RE: Interesting Side Point"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

You totally don't get it.

The vast majority of the cool and competitive features in Android are not available in earlier versions so if only a small percentage of users upgrade it means developers need to write to some ancient version to support the bulk of the user base.

Meanwhile, in the iOS world, a developer just writes to the latest version, knowing that most of devices in the wild will be on that version.

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RE: Interesting Side Point
by ricegf on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 15:02 in reply to "Interesting Side Point"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

And not just non-technical people.

I started using computers in the 1970's, have written operating systems and built more machines from scratch than I care to admit (including building a processor from SSI logic - not something I'd try again, by the way).

But I've happily ignored the Maemo Update icon on my Nokia N900 for several months now.

My phone works well. It does exactly what I need. It never had the breakout success that would attract script kiddies and other lowlife. And, Nokia has much less motivation to assist if an upgrade buggers the device now that they are Microsoft's BFF.

Soooo. Why would I want to mess with an upgrade, exactly?

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RE: Interesting Side Point
by zima on Tue 5th Jun 2012 22:21 in reply to "Interesting Side Point"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I suspect there are tens of thousands of users around the world that fall into this category..

More like millions, I'd guess ...and probably hundreds. Possibly few billion, relatively soon (there are 5+ billion mobile subscribers, large part of them supposedly in the process of migration to the so called "smartphones", over the next few years)

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