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The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones and Nexus One users have fared much, much better than most Android buyers.

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I think there's a difference between fragmentation and OS versions. Just because its an OS version behind, doesnt mean it can't do most of the same things as others. Most apps still work with 2.0/2.1

And my Droid is on 2.3.7
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I think there's a difference between fragmentation and OS versions. Just because its an OS version behind, doesnt mean it can't do most of the same things as others. Most apps still work with 2.0/2.1
It's more to do with the fragmentation of new features/security fixes in later OS updates, not app compatibility.
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Looks about right. One company makes one phone, writes its own software for it and everything stays up to date.

A handful of companies make a handful of phones using very different everything and their own versions of a central software on all different carriers... and they don't all get updated. Looks like HTC does a good job though. Motorola, not so much.
    
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my Droid X will be on ICS, guaranteed

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Does it really matter? Most people update their phones every 1.5-2.5 years after they buy it. Upgrades are there for a reason.
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Does it really matter? Most people update their phones every 1.5-2.5 years after they buy it. Upgrades are there for a reason.
When you look at the amount that don't even reach a year on the most current version Android, I would say yes it does.
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Wow, didn't know it was that bad for Android phones.
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Wow, didn't know it was that bad for Android phones.
Yeah, most of my friends had the Hero on sprint and that thing was launched pretty much out of date.

This isn't limited to Android, though. My Pre was not updated much (if at all) after the Pre2 came out.
    
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So HTC Legend isn't even in the list.
They abandoned their most solid and sleek phone...
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