Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Jan 2013 22:32 UTC
Apple Apple has released iOS 6.1 - it's not a huge release so you probably won't notice much. What is interesting, however, is that Apple has unveiled that after just five months, 300 million iOS devices have been updated to or run iOS 6 - about 60% of all iOS devices ever sold. Google can learn a lot from this, since we're 14 months down the line, and Ice Cream Sandwich is only on about 40% of Android devices. Like I said, trainwreck in slowmotion.
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RE: Reality call for Thom
by bowkota on Mon 28th Jan 2013 23:35 UTC in reply to "Reality call for Thom"
bowkota
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2011-10-12

There's plenty of Android value phones that sell like hotcakes, lke the Galaxy Ace or the Xperia Mini


You're right there but there is one problem that arises from this.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2013/01/mobile-operating-sys...

The worrying consequence is that a vast number of phones do not receive software fixes, known as patches. Worse, many cannot be patched even if the owner wants to


Even phones with the chips and memory to handle upgrades often do not receive them because of the support costs: handset-makers and carriers prefer to have consumers buy new phones than to provide technical support for old or outdated models.

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RE[2]: Reality call for Thom
by reduz on Tue 29th Jan 2013 00:30 in reply to "RE: Reality call for Thom"
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2006-02-25

Yes, I know this, but it's a difficult situation given manufacturers believe they need this planned obsolescence to make sure people keeps upgrading their phones every 2 years. The carriers are also a problem, but often secondary, as they usually just push the upgraded from the manufacturers nowadays.

I'm almost 100% certain that the way Google will address this is via Motorola, by ensuring people that their phones will get upgrades for a much longer timespan, despite the carriers like it or not. This is definitely a much more interesting selling point.

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