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As this chart is definitely interesting to see how devices are being supported, I for one am not surprised at this one bit. The android market is so diverse with so much different hardware/carriers/manufacturers that this chart looks about right.

That's definitely something people should consider when buying a new phone is: "In a year will I still be able to keep the latest version of the OS on this phone?" With an iPhone the answer would be yes, and probably quite a bit longer then 1-3 years of support for the device. Where as an android device you may not even get the latest OS when you purchase it (depending on the model of the phone). And then on top of that after a year or so you can no longer upgrade to the latest OS.

I'm particularly fond of a free and open market however it just doesn't make the best business sense not to have these things a bit more standardized. Manufacturers should have a better support life for these android devices by standardizing that years model with x amount of upgrades. And have a bit closer specs as far as hardware is concerned then it would make this chart look quite a bit different.
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this isnt surprising at all.....IE the main reason i try and convince all my android friends to root and go with aftermarket roms so they dont have to rely on the manufacter/carrier to roll out updates.
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Originally Posted by t00sl0w;15474798 
this isnt surprising at all.....IE the main reason i try and convince all my android friends to root and go with and aftermarket rom so they dont have to rely on the manufacter/carrier to roll out updates.

Yeah, rooting is awesome smile.gif I have Oxygen on my Desire and it works great. But, it'd be nice to see Google add more incentives to network operators to update their OS's.
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Originally Posted by Domino;15474482 
exactly...and at he end of the day, my devicr still works on either platform. this seems like another apple fanboy looking at mute arguments to claim superiorty. well...he just lost all credibility on the internet

I don't see why some people feel the need to shout "fanboy" every time something like this is pointed out. There are advantages and disadvantages to running an OS like Android that is used in many different devices. This would be one of the disadvantages, especially if you're someone who likes to keep up to date, or if the new OS has features you care about. On the other hand, it may not be a big deal to you. Either way, it's not difficult to see the situation for what it is and discuss it without bringing the fanboy garbage into the equation.
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Originally Posted by 98uk;15474817 
Yeah, rooting is awesome smile.gif I have Oxygen on my Desire and it works great. But, it'd be nice to see Google add more incentives to network operators to update their OS's.

i dont understand why google isnt doing this now, at least to preserve the face of android. the longer this happens, the more unprofessional and junky it makes the OS look, when it isnt the OS's fault at all but those creating/pushing phones for it.
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Originally Posted by KusH;15474471 
As this chart is definitely interesting to see how devices are being supported, I for one am not surprised at this one bit. The android market is so diverse with so much different hardware/carriers/manufacturers that this chart looks about right.

That's definitely something people should consider when buying a new phone is: "In a year will I still be able to keep the latest version of the OS on this phone?" With an iPhone the answer would be yes, and probably quite a bit longer then 1-3 years of support for the device. Where as an android device you may not even get the latest OS when you purchase it (depending on the model of the phone). And then on top of that after a year or so you can no longer upgrade to the latest OS.

I'm particularly fond of a free and open market however it just doesn't does make the best business sense not to have these things a bit more standardized. Manufacturers should have a better support life for these android devices by standardizing that years model with x amount of upgrades. And have a bit closer specs as far as hardware is concerned then it would make this chart look quite a bit different.

this is a terrible strategy for the customer but great for phone manufacturers. For example the galaxy s Vibrant came out for tmobile. not much longer they released the Vibrant 4g. Nothing changed from the phone except the radio and they updated from 2.1-2.2. they were supposed to release the 2.2 update for a LONG time before they did. its just a strategy to get you to buy a new phone. these companies dont make money off giving you updates. they make the money off the initial sale and then their done. Samsung always pops out new phones like every couple of months. This is bad for android but you have to work around it by rooting and roms just like jailbreaking an iphone. I love my android phone ( had 4 since the G1 ) but man the fragmentation kills me. I love how apple does get all the iphones on the same boat when it comes to apps.
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What this ignores is how poorly iOS runs on an original iPhone or iPhone 3G. Yeah it may have been updated; but that doesn't mean it's worth it as a device, since they've become slow an unusable.

Then again, they're 3-4 year old devices. So that is expected.
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This is to be expected as Google has nothing to do with the updates for others phones. What is worth noting is if you buy an actual Google phone (Nexus line of phones) you're good for an extremely long time.

If Google wanted, they could have only released there singular phone, been able to tie the software directly to it, and given us the consumer zero choice as to the form factor and hardware on our phones the same as Apple does. As it is though we have the choice between getting the Google brand phone which WILL always have the updates, or picking out a phone that is more what we want, which may not always have the newest software stock. And I think that is a great move personally, because I'm very glad to have the choice in what my phone looks like.
     
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Bleh, call me rage/mad/whatever, but I don't see the big deal over it, I find it pretty stupid to complain about fragmentation when it's so easy to flash a custom ROM with GB/even ICS already to kill fragmentation.
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Doesn't really bother me. I have Galaxy SII, almost guaranteed update through the awesome folks at XDA.
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