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post #31 of 73
As others have stated, and I wholeheartedly agree with, the issue here is that Apple is the manufacturer of the device as well as programmer of the OS for their phones. Google programs a phone OS and ever so often oversees the making of a device (the Nexus line). The Android OS should not be given negative feedback because a 3rd party manufacturer and/or cellular carrier are not doing their part and pushing updates to the device.

In all fairness, that chart should only compare iPhones to the Nexus line-up of Android devices. Clearly the Nexus phones get updates more often as they are the phones that Google oversees the production of (even though they are physically produced by companies other than Google).

It would be nice if Google could further push phone manufacturers and carriers to release updates more frequently, but there are so many Android devices out there and legacy support would be a real pain. I much rather prefer periodic updates from manufacturers and the ability to easily root my mobile device and put whatever ROM I want on it.
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post #32 of 73
AT&T is the only carrier without at least one Android phone in the chart that gets updated to the newest major release. Do they have one that isn't included in the chart?
 
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post #33 of 73
We have to take into account that:

- Not all Android devices are physically capable of running newer official OS versions smoothly (e.g. G1, Cliq)
- OEM rapid release cycles will inevitably render devices obsolete as soon as new ones roll out the factories
- Apple's iOS updates actually slow down legacy devices due to hardware limitations, thus some OEMs' decision to stop supporting older phones - hence reason 1.

However, Android's wild card here is its platform flexibility, i.e. its ability to support mods created by 3rd-party developers. So, we still see legacy phones running custom ROMs like CM7 just because the community can, and will do it irrespective of the OEM's reasons of technical obsolescence. In Android world, you don't wait for updates - you make them.
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post #34 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by serge2k;15475807 
no samsung galaxy?

and isn't a bit misleading to say the original iPhone/3G are on the latest iOS version when 4 runs like trash on them?
Look at the chart again - it only goes for 3 years, taking the original iPhone out of the equation all together for iOS4. Also, read the explanation regarding the 3G below.
Quote:
Originally Posted by aleiro;15476181 
I guess they forgot to mention the fact that an iPhone 3g is almost unusable with updates... Its pathetic, I just got my wife an HTC sensation because her 3g was freezing up. There is a reason google doesn't force update. Apple forces the update for marketing purposes, you must upgrade or your device quits working.
If you want to get technical, iOS4 was released June 21st, 2010. The iPhone 3G was released July 11th, 2007. So, it was 20 days from the end of the 3 year period that makes up the chart's range. I'll give you that iOS4 couldn't be said to be a viable update for the 3G, but at most, that would only turn the last green checkbox into a yellow one. Hardly makes a difference in the overall picture of results.
post #35 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by aleiro;15476181 
I guess they forgot to mention the fact that an iPhone 3g is almost unusable with updates... Its pathetic, I just got my wife an HTC sensation because her 3g was freezing up. There is a reason google doesn't force update. Apple forces the update for marketing purposes, you must upgrade or your device quits working.

The 3G can't handle IOS4 very well, but you don't have to update. My old 3G, which my girlfriend now uses, is still on 3.something and working fine.

If you're having trouble you can downgrade it you know.
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post #36 of 73
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Originally Posted by Biscuits_N_Gravy;15474331 
Wow, didn't know it was that bad for Android phones.

It was exactly as I expected. It's entirely the fault of the manufacturers first, and the carriers second.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Manyak;15477085 
The 3G can't handle IOS4 very well, but you don't have to update. My old 3G, which my girlfriend now uses, is still on 3.something and working fine.

If you're having trouble you can downgrade it you know.
Exactly, you don't want to update because it kills productivity.

Which defeats the point of this article.
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post #38 of 73
They forgot about XDA-developers. Every single one of those phones listed up there has a Gingerbread port of some sort..
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post #39 of 73
"In other words, Apple’s way of getting you to buy a new phone is to make you really happy with your current one, whereas apparently Android phone makers think they can get you to buy a new phone by making you really unhappy with your current one."
 
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post #40 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;15475195 
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.

This. People that care about updates enough will root their phone. My GF is perfectly happy with running 2.1 on her phone. I on the other hand need the latest and greatest, therefore I root.

The chart is pointless and what they are trying to do is troll. It would be like making a chart that shows Android having wallpapers years before iOS which in chart form would make Android look better.
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