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post #51 of 73
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Originally Posted by AK-47;15481538 
Nope, garminfone was unmodifiable because garmin wanted to protect their GPS software and not let everybody port it to every other phone and get free GPS
Nobody would even try to run GB on a G1.

Aside from that valid point. We don't need no stinking "official" updates to have the latest OS version so to me (and I guess to you too) this chart doesn't mean much but there are quite a few people who wait on official updates.

G1 runs CM7 perfectly.. not sure what you're talking about
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post #52 of 73
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot;15481952 
But it was only 2 years?
iPhone 3G launched 7/11/08
iPhone 4 Launched 6/21/10

Both dates are on the chart.

The 3G was updated to iOS 4 on the 21st of June when the iPhone 4 launched. That's two years, well within the time frame of the chart and the argument presented by writer.
My bad - I definitely goofed on reading the dates properly. Was wondering why we weren't getting anywhere on that...
post #53 of 73
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Originally Posted by SgtSpike;15481614 
They aren't limiting the software, and having the option to upgrade to the latest OS, even 3 years after the phone was released, is a heck of a lot better than the track record that Android is showing.

Right, but I don't see the issue in only offering updates through the contract period.

The way I see it is, you buy a phone on a contract with specific features. If you want more features, you buy an upgraded phone. Call me old fashioned but when I first had a cell phone, that's how it was. Now with OTA updates everyone's worried about getting something for nothing. We should be lucky to even get them. If there was a serious flaw with an OS I could see wanting to send out a fix but most of the time there isn't such a major flaw.

My first smartphone was a Palm Treo 650w that I had to reset multiple times a day. It was a known issue to the point where they sold aftermarket battery covers with a hole so you could press the reset button without having to take the batter cover off. It was fixed when I bought a new phone.
post #54 of 73
This is silly. There are so many Android phones, and they keep releasing a better one. Apple users always have to wait longer...
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post #55 of 73
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Originally Posted by Manyak;15482454 
Tator is right, it was 2 years. Not 3.

Though, keep in mind that the 3GS isn't running into the same problem with iOS5. The 3G had a measly 128MB of RAM, which is what caused all the slowness and crashing and everything (there was never more than ~30MB free for apps, sometimes even less). It was bad enough on 3.x, but when they added pseudo-multitasking into the equation it all went to hell.

iOS 5 runs like a turd on my 3gs.

The only reason i switched to the 4s is that here in asia it retains its resale like nothing else, will probably switch to android when the new galaxy lines launch.

Having played with the android phones for abit, iOS really isnt all that impressive.

Furthermore, Siri is gimped here, it doesnt recognize the local accents and doesnt have access to the relevant databases, i understand its a beta, but you dont market a beta the way Apple did when it simply cant deliver the advertised experience for millions of customers.

The itunes and icloud experience will be seamless and fantastic for those who,

1.Cant be bothered or have the time to work around minor technical issues.
2.Have no qualms having private data hosted by a corporate.
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What qualifies as a major version? I know Eclair to Froyo to Gingerbread seem to me like major version changes, but they are Android Version 2.x.x for a reason
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post #57 of 73
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Originally Posted by SIMPSONATOR;15483599 
This is silly. There are so many Android phones, and they keep releasing a better one. Apple users always have to wait longer...

I think this chart is mostly showing that for a 2yr contract, your iPhone is going to be kept up to date until the day you're ready for a new phone whereas most Android phones stop getting software updates after just a year or less.
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post #58 of 73
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Originally Posted by CJRhoades;15483840 
I think this chart is mostly showing that for a 2yr contract, your iPhone is going to be kept up to date until the day you're ready for a new phone whereas most Android phones stop getting software updates after just a year or less.
There aren't many 2-year contracts left.
IIRC, most companies are moving to 1-year
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post #59 of 73
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Originally Posted by Juganot;15475816 
Are you suggesting apple keep their products too up to date? Seems like a weird argument to make, I think they just keep good support to support customers and not getting a bad reputation for not supporting their phones.

While I understand the point you are making about newer os versions being slower on older phones that's obviously going to be the case as they are going against faster processors. It's like saying android 2.x runs better on the SG II than a htc hero so they are clearly forcing you to update.

Uh, I had a Droid Eris that got updated from 1.6 to 2.0.1. It got bogged down so hard it was nearly unusable for anything beyond texting. It took me 3 minutes to have the Market open and load just to be able to update my apps.

Yes, I was nearly forced to update by lies that 2.0.1 would make my phone faster, not be a curse.
post #60 of 73
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Originally Posted by refeek;15475671 
Yeah, pretty much what I was going to say.

I've never heard someone say, "Hey, iOS5 works great on my iPhone 3GS! It's fast and snappy, just like the iPhone 4!"

No, it'll be far slower and ruin any good experience you could have with the OS in general. The main reason they do it is this kind of chart. iPhone users don't want to be 'left behind', so regardless of whether or not it works well on the phone, they continue to update. Perhaps to push people into buying new phones?

I'm sure that's why companies like Motorola (although I don't see that happening as much anymore tongue.gif), but especially HTC. I remember getting my first Android phone (Droid Eris), being promised an OTA update to Android 2.0, and it being pushed back, and pushed back, and pushed back. It's the reason I first rooted my phone.

tl;dr: Apple uses uniformity to promote buying new phones because it bogs down older devices; Android manufacturers just have too many releases to keep up with most of the time.
I've got an iPhone 3GS 32GB here and it runs iOS 5 just fine. I'd hardly say it got any slower, in fact it may have improved a little bit. (Plus, you've also got improved javascript performance in Safari and so on.)
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