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It's amazing. Given the importance that Microsoft's smartphone platform should have—not to mention the uphill struggle it faces against the iPhone and Android juggernauts—one would have thought that the company would make sure that delivery of the first patch was rock solid and reliable.

After all, robust, universal patching is one of the big advantages of Microsoft's platform over Google's Android. Microsoft's locked down hardware requirements, in conjunction with its centralized patch distribution and offical (albeit carefully-worded) statements to say that all devices would be "eligible" for updates, should have given Microsoft an almost Apple-like patch process: uniform availability, regardless of carrier, regardless of OEM, regardless of model. And because every phone is running the same software, well, it should all just work, shouldn't it?

The updates are failing to install in two ways. For lucky individuals, the process merely hangs on step seven (out of ten); rebooting the phone resurrects it, albeit without the upgrade. For a minority of unlucky users, the process fails at step six, and corrupts the phone's firmware. What's worse is that for some of them it appears to be bricking the phone completely, rendering it useless.
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I fear for Nokia joining forces with Microsoft when MS can't even execute a proper patch on standardized hardware and software. There isn't a good reason for this type of thing to happen.
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What are the percentages of people?
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How can they have possibly let this happen with how weak their position is? I'm absolutely amazed by this. It is NOT like phones are PCs. There are not thousands of configurations, there are just a couple dozen phones. There is no excuse.
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Microsoft: Releases a screwy update.
Samsung: Never releases an update.
Apple: Taking all of the touch screens.

The phone industry really needs to straighten themselves out.
    
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oh my friend's gonna be pi***d
    
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Microsofts "great" coding strikes again, look at IE, Windows (Only decent due to app compatibility, from a technological standpoint its about as good as dog turds), etc, they try to do well but...yeah, they can't do it. (Perfect example is Prefetch in Windows, it just plain doesn't work.)
    
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Well I have my phone right here, let's see what happens.

EDIT: nm, I guess I have to be connected to my PC, even though there is an option to check for updates through my wireless connection.
Edited by joemaniaci - 2/22/11 at 6:44pm
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I just purchased a new cellphone. Something I haven't done in a long time. I paid for 1 MyTouch 4g and got 1 free as part of a promotion. It nagged me a bit because I saw some of the new Windows phones.

Felt like while it wasn't perfect, Windows 7 for the pc is a decent product. You'd think they'd have carried some of that momentum over. Guess not.

On a side note....I LovE my pHoNe and AndroiD RockS !!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nevermiind View Post
Microsoft: Releases a screwy update.
Samsung: Never releases an update.
Apple: Taking all of the touch screens.
Apple: Increasing SSD prices by taking all the memory chips.

The phone industry really needs to straighten themselves out.
Added another apple one.

At least that is what I heard in my Computer architecture class.
    
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I thought it was different memory chips.
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