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[theUnderstatement]Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support

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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.

I went back and found every Android phone shipped in the United States1 up through the middle of last year. I then tracked down every update that was released for each device - be it a major OS upgrade or a minor support patch - as well as prices and release & discontinuation dates. I compared these dates & versions to the currently shipping version of Android at the time. The resulting picture isn’t pretty - well, not for Android users:


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I think that this makes a huge case for the right of people to root phones and install newer custom ROMs.
Edited by hajile - 10/27/11 at 9:50am
post #2 of 11
motorola "smart"phone owners get shafted apparently. As much as it has its problems this makes me thank my lucky stars we got my girlfriend an HTC EVO 4G (free at the time) instead of something else.
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IMO if they stop updating or supporting a phone while you are still under your 2 year contract then they should either upgrade you or void the contract.
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I have a Samsung Moment. It sucks. I bought it blindly because it was cheap. Never again.
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I posted this post in the wrong thread.
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...there’s no incentive for smartphone manufacturers to update the OS: because manufacturers don’t make any money after the hardware sale, they want you to buy another phone as soon as possible.
There's the reason.
 
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post #7 of 11
This is also because some of the low-end phones aren't really capable of smoothly running anything past froyo. Thats one of the positives of android - you can get a smartphone for $200. The downside is that obviously it's not going to be able to keep up with a $400+ phone over an extended period of time. If you drop the cash on galaxy s/sII you can be sure that it'll be continually updated.

The developers are also doing many times the work of the iOS developers... They have to port the source for each different phone platform... Makes it a bit more daunting of a task to keep up with the 10s of android platforms. Versus the 4 models that apple has produced. Just my opinion though.
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Apple creates the handsets, and software. This comparison should only include Nexus devices to be accurate.

All other android phones are technically custom OS's spinoffs based on Android.
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Just thought I would let you know there is another thread about this:

http://www.overclock.net/technology-...mentation.html
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post #10 of 11
I am very pissed atm over Motorola releasing the Atrix 2 (pretty much a sidegrade to the orginal). I can pretty much kiss goodbye to any official updates now.
Unlocking the bootloader, rooting, etc SHOULD NOT void my warranty. If you install linux on a pre-built PC and suffer from a hard disk failure, should the hard disk be replaced under warranty?

I'll keep this article bookmarked, I've gotten into numerous arguments with android fanboys about the long term support between many Android and then the Apple devices, and this article pretty much sums it all up.

/end of rant.
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