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Since Apple is updating their phones up till 2 generations behind (2 years), this has created high expectations from most smartphone buyers regarding their Android phones. Right now, most manufacturers won’t even give you one level upgrade unless it’s their most popular phone.


Source: http://www.androidized.com/will-we-get-more-updates-to-our-android-phones-soon/
post #2 of 10
It may be hard to get manufacturers to upgrade many of their phones more than one level simply because they make more money by releasing new phones with new software. It makes people feel like they 'need' to upgrade.
post #3 of 10
It's complete BS and Google needs to change their contracts with these mfg's and make sure that they're upgrading users. The fragmentation on Android is ridiculous. There is really zero reason that 90% of Anrdoid phones shouldn't be running Froyo AT LEAST right now.
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I hear you. My Xperia X8 had official support terminated earlier this year. Had it not been for custom ROMs, I would still be stuck on 2.1 Eclair.
     
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God bless custom roms, i mean it would be nice to have constant official updates in time, but let's get real it's not gonna happen.

At least there's option to buy a Google's Nexuses, that get latest updates real fast compared to ohers.
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Originally Posted by Goatboy;12556105 
It may be hard to get manufacturers to upgrade many of their phones more than one level simply because they make more money by releasing new phones with new software. It makes people feel like they 'need' to upgrade.

I sort of disagree with that view. Newer versions of Android bring new features that are also more hardware demanding. For example, doesn't Gingerbread require a minimum 1GHz CPU? Someone still holding onto a G1 may be tempted to upgrade to a Gingerbread capable phone if they get a taste of Froyo. Otherwise, they're happy with their measly Donut G1 and might even lose interest in Android. The iPhone lovers I know that bash on Android base their experience on the G1 running the oldest Android version known to man. Had they had the ability to upgrade a little further (without the headache of a common user flashing a custom ROM) they may have had a better experience.
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Who needs official support by the manufacturer? Thats just a reason for them to lock everything out using their OTA upgrade.

Android Dev community ROMS > Manufacturer OTA updates

I'm currently running CM7 Gingerbread on my Droid. My wife has a custom de-binged Froyo leak on her Fascinate.
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Originally Posted by Schoat333;12557688 
Who needs official support by the manufacturer? Thats just a reason for them to lock everything out using their OTA upgrade.

Android Dev community ROMS > Manufacturer OTA updates

I'm currently running CM7 Gingerbread on my Droid. My wife has a custom de-binged Froyo leak on her Fascinate.

Because your *average* user isn't technologically capable of rooting and using custom roms, no matter how easy it is. Hell, my mom still get's confused by the DVD player, and all of the female friends I have are like "how do i get xyz on my phone?" And I say "root it" and they just stare at me.

It's up to the MFG's to provide updates for these kinds of people, which are the majority of owners.
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;12557221 
I sort of disagree with that view. Newer versions of Android bring new features that are also more hardware demanding. For example, doesn't Gingerbread require a minimum 1GHz CPU? Someone still holding onto a G1 may be tempted to upgrade to a Gingerbread capable phone if they get a taste of Froyo. Otherwise, they're happy with their measly Donut G1 and might even lose interest in Android. The iPhone lovers I know that bash on Android base their experience on the G1 running the oldest Android version known to man. Had they had the ability to upgrade a little further (without the headache of a common user flashing a custom ROM) they may have had a better experience.


Most people don't make decisions on their own, they can be happy with any version. But then they hear friends about the new version and how cool it is, how many new features ( to justify their purchase ), and they will want the new version too and they will buy it.
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;12557221 
I sort of disagree with that view. Newer versions of Android bring new features that are also more hardware demanding. For example, doesn't Gingerbread require a minimum 1GHz CPU? Someone still holding onto a G1 may be tempted to upgrade to a Gingerbread capable phone if they get a taste of Froyo. Otherwise, they're happy with their measly Donut G1 and might even lose interest in Android. The iPhone lovers I know that bash on Android base their experience on the G1 running the oldest Android version known to man. Had they had the ability to upgrade a little further (without the headache of a common user flashing a custom ROM) they may have had a better experience.

While your point is valid, the facts aren't correct. There is no 1GHz requirement for gingerbread, it's about as demanding as froyo. Regarding the G1, I own an HTC Magic, which is essentially a G1 without a keyboard in terms of internals, and I am currently running Cyanogenmod 6.1 (froyo). This runs faster than the official 1.6 ROM used to.

Older hardware is more than capable of running newer versions of Android, but manufacturers have to consider support costs and future sales.
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