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I should probably ask you this. If I have a phone that runs android 1.5 or 1.6 or 2.0... why can't I just download updates like you do with windows and magically I have the latest greatest version? What keeps me from having say android 2.0, and updating to 2.3?
Hardware limitations, but that's crazy talk considering the HTC G1 wasn't meant to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It's all in the kernel releases and community support, as well as having the device's bootloader unlocked - a requirement to get custom ROM's.

If you rely on official updates, don't bother using the legacy devices. But if you want to experience rooting and installing new custom firmware, then it is possible your phone can get a better Android version.
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I really don't get why apps cannot be made flexible enough to deal with different hardware and software versions. You know, just like every piece of PC software out there.
    
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I really don't get why apps cannot be made flexible enough to deal with different hardware and software versions. You know, just like every piece of PC software out there.
Slight difference in file structure or implementation of the Android framework depending on phone model, I guess. For example, Motorola's Blur syncs contacts in a different way than, say, HTC's Sense UI.
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post #44 of 59
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I should probably ask you this. If I have a phone that runs android 1.5 or 1.6 or 2.0... why can't I just download updates like you do with windows and magically I have the latest greatest version? What keeps me from having say android 2.0, and updating to 2.3?
Your carrier or the phone manufacturer deciding not to push the update. If you root the phone and apply a custom ROM you can get more updated versions, but they might not run well on your phone.

Check out CyanogenMOD.
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Hardware limitations, but that's crazy talk considering the HTC G1 wasn't meant to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It's all in the kernel releases and community support, as well as having the device's bootloader unlocked - a requirement to get custom ROM's.

If you rely on official updates, don't bother using the legacy devices. But if you want to experience rooting and installing new custom firmware, then it is possible your phone can get a better Android version.
Hmm... which legacy devices would you be thinking of? I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S phone though.
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post #46 of 59
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Hmm... which legacy devices would you be thinking of? I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S phone though.
IMO, anything pre-Droid/Milestone or HTC Desire. Examples include the Hero, G1, Cliq, etc. These phones aren't meant to go beyond Eclair 2.0, but what do you know even the G1 can go Honeycomb. Shows how flexible the OS is.
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IMO, anything pre-Droid/Milestone or HTC Desire. Examples include the Hero, G1, Cliq, etc. These phones aren't meant to go beyond Eclair 2.0, but what do you know even the G1 can go Honeycomb. Shows how flexible the OS is.
When I had my Hero I was running 2.3.3 fine, And it was only support to go to 2.1 officially, they cut support after that. (Actually might have gone to 2.2).

Im using a Desire HD now and running 2.3.3, See no difference, appart from the fact I've decided to give sense another go.
   
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So theoretically, its hardware limitation. But in reality, even some of the older hardware could run the latest and greatest android.
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When I had my Hero I was running 2.3.3 fine, And it was only support to go to 2.1 officially, they cut support after that. (Actually might have gone to 2.2).

Im using a Desire HD now and running 2.3.3, See no difference, appart from the fact I've decided to give sense another go.
Any phone that can run 2.1 shouldn't have any problems going thru 2.3. Google has did their part to try to keep fragmentation down. It's the manufactures who are deciding not to run the updates. Google has been quick to point this out on more than one occasion.
Edited by CrazyHeaven - 4/5/11 at 2:48pm
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I would bet a lot of this is because the fascinate had bing instead of google when it was originally released.

That was a slap in the face for google.
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