Android Update Likelihood Calculated by Carrier and Manufacturer

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athlon11

Apple can control it because they own the hardware too. Microsoft can do it because they sell the OS to the handset makers and it's in their contract. Android is open source like Ubuntu, can Ububtu force every user on their OS to upgrade every 6 months when they release a new version?

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B1Gx5MurF

The real problem are the handset manufacturers, trying to add their own UI spin on top of android.  Google releases updated versions of android, but handsets can't use them w/o some devs porting over a bunch of their own UI crap.  They need to just make their UI 'enhancements' optional, and allow a stock android experience.

My personal android phone is limited to ver 2.1 by the handset manufacturer, and to 1.6 by at&n.  I rooted and flashed it to 2.2, and got most of the enhancements, but running and unofficial 'hacked' rom, I'm missing features.  Still, these 'hacked' roms are often ported by a programmer in their spare time, and oftentimes are fully functional within a month.  Which really goes to show either laziness, or ulterior motives for handset manufacturers.

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moko

this is a huge mistake on google,and the carriers,....not to update all android devices at same time....i mean huge : )

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athlon11

Google doesn't control it, they provide the software for free, what the device manufacturers and carriers do after that is out of their hands.

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Peanut Fox

Microsoft and Apple can do it.  Why is it so hard for Google to make it happen?

 

They can make any excuse they want, but the problem is still there.  It hampers users, but worse than that, it puts application developers in a hot spot when they go to make apps for devices that may or may not have software support for their application.  There is no benefit to artificially splentering your market.  It's in Google's best interest to address this problem

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big_montana

One, it is not Googles fault as much as it is the handsets fualt. two, the handset manufacturer releases $35 or less phones running sub par hardware that will not run the latest os, how is this Googles fault? This is most likely the carrier's fault, as not everyone has $300 to spend on a phone, or wants to spend. Three, app developers who develop for a model instead of an os version are idiots, and have no bussiness releasing apps as they are probably flawed to begin with, as you develop for a software version. That is why there are sdk's

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athlon11

Apple can control it because they own the hardware too. Microsoft can do it because they sell the OS to the handset makers and it's in their contract. Android is open source like Ubuntu, can Ububtu force every user on their OS to upgrade every 6 months when they release a new version?

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