Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Dec 2013 09:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

About 2 years back, I read this article on Michael Degusta's personal blog. It was a revelation. Michael ripped the Android ecosystem apart with a simple chart. The chart converted me from an Android user to an iPhone user. I hope this chart helps other folks make an informed decision when their next smartphone upgrade is due.

Charts like this do great in certain areas of the web, but it's too simplistic. First, it does not take into account that many core aspects of Android are updated through Google Play, such as Chrome, Gmail, Maps, the keyboard, and so on. Whereas iOS needs an entire update to fix a small bug in, say, Maps - Android does not. Many core parts that require an entire OS update for iOS are updated weekly on Android.

Second, it does not mention that even though older iPhone models get the latest version of iOS, some functionality of these latest versions is disabled due to marketing, and in some cases due to hardware constraints (if you were to believe Apple, that is).

Third and foremost, though: I'm betting each and every one of those devices has at least an Android 4.2 or 4.3 release (and some have 4.4 too, like my Find 5) from, for instance, CyanogenMod - and countless other ROM makers. Installing a custom ROM is one of the strengths of Android, and not nearly as hard or difficult as some make it out to be. If your iPhone becomes unsupported or really slow due to iOS7 - you're screwed. You have no other options. If Samsung's TouchWiz crap makes your Galaxy slow, run out and get a quality phone install a custom ROM.

I see this all the time: people ignoring core strengths of Android because they don't understand them or because they don't belong to their interests - "this is just for nerds and geeks, so it's irrelevant!" Take discussions about application on iOS and Android, for instance; those arguing in favour of iOS routinely ignore that Android has access to types of applications iOS users could only dream of. If you leave those out, it's easy to make Android's application offering look weaker. The same happens when looking at Android and updates.

All this doesn't negate the fact that updates are by far Android's weakest link, although not nearly as much of an issue as it used to be during the gingerbread days. Moving more and more parts of Android to Play will eventually all but solve the issue completely.

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by kurkosdr on Thu 5th Dec 2013 10:50 UTC
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Who cares, the futue is on pure Android, aka Nexus and Google Experience Devices. Other types of Android devices will slowly fade like those PCs that weren't really 100% IBM PC compatible faded.

Anyways, as I 've said before, anyone who wants true Android and upgrades can get a Nexus 5. If you are buying something else, you probably don't care about upgrades. The discussion about upgrades made sense back in the Galaxy Nexus years when Nexuses were mostly developer hardware (really miserable battery) and not user devices.

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by twitterfire on Thu 5th Dec 2013 12:58 in reply to "Re:"
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Who cares, the futue is on pure Android, aka Nexus and Google Experience Devices. Other types of Android devices will slowly fade like those PCs that weren't really 100% IBM PC compatible faded.

Yep. That's why Samsung sells more phones that all other Android phonemakers combined. The future can also be on Tizen (or whatever os Samsung prefers) with TouchWIz on top. ;)

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by moondevil on Thu 5th Dec 2013 13:37 in reply to "Re:"
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Tell that to the ones that bought the Galaxy Nexus 4. Most likely there won't be a KitKat release for them.

So much for trusting Google.

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by cpuobsessed on Thu 5th Dec 2013 14:44 in reply to "RE: Re:"
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by some1 on Thu 5th Dec 2013 14:51 in reply to "RE: Re:"
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There is no such thing as Galaxy Nexus 4. Nexus 4 update is rolling out already. Galaxy Nexus is not getting an update, which is a bit annoying given it's just 2 years old, but as someone who actually uses gnex as a main phone, I don't think that's such a big deal. 4.2 and 4.3 updates were pretty useless, and I had to undo clock change. Optimizations in 4.4 look interesting, but other features less so, and I'd have to fix up tethering, Bluetooth and replace launcher.

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by modmans2ndcoming on Fri 6th Dec 2013 01:08 in reply to "RE: Re:"
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umm....Im running a Nexus 4 with Kit Kat from Google right now.

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