Originally Posted by formula m
Sorry, but a short 6 years ago there was barely a breath of "smartphone" in people vocab.. since then, Google has put out 7 ANDROID MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS...
That's a joke on people who continue to buy into google's marketing experiment. Why can't old phones use the new OS.. it is because Android and Google do not support, nor have never planned on supporting earlier customers. As Android phones are THROW AWAY..!
SO much so, that every carrier offers FREE android phones. (Beggers can't be choosers)
People seem to forget that before the iPhone and Android in 2007, Blackberry and Microsoft had been making smartphones starting back in 2000. The only difference was back then professionals used smartphones for productivity, not to Instagram photos of their dinners, upload cat videos to Youtube, or update their Facebook status. So the word 'smartphone' was in plenty of people's vocab back then, just not in the 'leisure use' demographic.
Furthermore, what's so bad about Android having 7 releases since '07? iOS7
is set to launch in about a month, making for- wait you guessed it- 7 operating systems since launch. Not only that, but Apple also limits what hardware can run the latest OS. For example, you couldn't put iOS6 on a iPhone older than the 3GS. Moreover, devices like the 3GS actually had features stripped from it. So while it may have run iOS6, the 'flavor' it ran was different from that of the current high end model (iPhone 4S at the time). That would be like upgrading a Gingerbread device to Jelly Bean, but taking away Google Now. So do you want an upgrade with key features removed, or no upgrade at all? Depending on what makes the cut, there could be very little difference.
I don't know how you consider low priced phones a negative, or how you manage to relate that to Android OS as a whole. If Apple had a low end phone, people would buy them. If you think otherwise, why are they making a 5C? Windows phones and iPhones have been offered at substantial discounts at times. On numerous occasions I was offered free upgrades to then current Windows Phones like the Focus or last generation iPhones from my carrier. Does that mean Windows Phone or iOS must be garbage? No, the price of the headset has no influence on that.
Microsoft had nearly a 7 year head start on the mobile competition and the position they find themselves in now is a testament to how poorly their mobile strategy has been. Before Windows Phone there was Windows Mobile and it was awful. You say WP8 needs no tinkering- Windows Mobile basically wouldn't work without tinkering. After getting it wrong for so many years you would hope to see a righting of the ship. You say that is WP8, but to me WP8 is too little, too late.