Study: Fragmented Android Users "Get Screwed"

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MarioJP

This reminds me of the days of the "xp users" I don't need to upgrade if it works. Google better start think about closing the lid on this before they really dig themselves in a leagacy plague. Microsoft hopefully learned that lesson lol.

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Roll Tide

On the flip side, some users dont know you can upgrade your OS for better productivity.  They are rarely ever ota now but none the less its better. I have a low level OPtimus T and after up my update to 2.2.2 its works much better. No random shutdowns or SD card remounts. Most friends phones I look at, that are even more powerful than mine are still carrying 2.2.1 and are frustrated.

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MR24ME

All someone has to do is root their phone, and install CyanogenMod, etc.  One of the best things an Android phone user can do.

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Caboose

Not everyone knows how. And most people will find something like that to be frightening.

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Carbon

Wow this is completly backwards!

Apple pushes out software that makes your old phone run worst and worst till you are forced to buy a new one.
That is what harware comapanie do! 

My Nexus One is almost 2 years old and runs 300% faster then the day I bought it thx to software upgrades and I have no need for a new phone still even tho I do want one.

 

 

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win7fanboi

Same here. Nexus One FTW! Atleast with Android you have an option to buy a "pure Google" phone with no added crapware and fast OTA updates.

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JCGPZ9

Considering that there are many different configs in Android phones and that many manufacturers put their own skin/ themes on it, of course updates will be all on the manufacturer and be released at differing times. If the phone is old enough it may not even recieve the latest software due to hardware limitations or the manufacturer determining end of life. Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to end or tighten up the "fragmentation." Another point is that software costs the manufacturer money so they'd rather focus on releasing a new product instead.

 

Besides, as stated by previous posters phones from Apple and RIM are not without their own problems when it comes to updating. Also, the 3GS is still being sold through AT&T so of course there will be continued support for the phone.

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Trooper_One

"The fragmentation that exists on the Android platform is an annoying side effect of Google's open-source ecosystem,"

There is a solution to this:

iPhone 4/4S

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Engelsstaub

Yeah. I don't get the Cover Flow anymore on my iPod Touch 4G since upgrading to iOS 5. Like everyone else's it just crashes and goes back to the main screen if you try.

I'm optimistic that Apple will fix this...but it's equally likely that they won't. It doesn't "brick" the iPod, but I love Cover Flow. As an old-school music lover it's nice to get a similar experience minus the crateful of records to flip through.

BTW: I bought my iPod Touch less than two years ago. It even stll looks like new. I know this is about phones but I guess what I'm saying is that Apple can have its own problems similar to those attributed to Android-devices and outlined by Michael Degusta.

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Carbon

Wow this is completly backwards!

Apple pushes out software that makes your old phone run worst and worst till you are forced to buy a new one.
That is what harware comapanie do! 

My Nexus One is almost 2 years old and runs 300% faster then the day I bought it thx to software upgrades and I have no need for a new phone still even tho I do want one.

 

 

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bautrey

Just root your phone and install whatever ROM/OS you want.  The support for various ROMs are much better than the actual manufacturer and plus other benefits.  

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CaptainFabulous

This "study" is total BS. Why are all the top-tier phones missing? Y'know, the ones that DO get upgraded regularly? Where are all the Samsung phones?

And he conveniently leaves out that while older iPhones are allowed to upgrade to new OSs, much of the new features of those OSs don't work, so what's the point?

Sounds like an iTroll to me.

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LeCappitan

Bullcrap.  I had my iTouch for 2 years before I sold it.  I had every software feature available, and it worked.  A tiny bit of jailbreaking, and a bit of changing some lines of code(which was pretty much copy and paste) and you had an awesome piece of software that ran on last gen tech.  So, before you go and spout crap, read up on stuff first.  Also, that was the only piece of apple hardware I ever owned.  Hackintoshes ftw.

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CaptainFabulous

"A tiny bit of jailbreaking"

I think that disqualifies your whole point. But nice try tho.

Cause the exact same point could be made for any of the phones on this guy's list. Just root the phone and install a custom ROM. Voila! Problem solved.

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LeCappitan

Fine if you want it that way, I could do it without any jailbreaking.  I tunneled through a USB connection into the iTouch's firmware and edited the code to enable stuff.  Jailbreaking was used to get extra addons that I wanted, or if I was feeling reckless I could edit everything myself. 

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Caboose

You still had to go out of your way, to make an unauthorized modification. Its not native, and therefore doesn't apply.

Keep trying to word your way around it, but the fact remains that older iDevices are in the same boat. A new OS comes out, and certain features don't work because the Apple says that the older devices don't support them.

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Jonthomasdesigns

? I Have Older Ipod Tocuhes (not that old) that cant upgrade to 5.0 .. so whats the difference ?

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biggiebob12345

How about the hardware and custom UI layers get a little bit standardized.  I can buy a Windows PC made by dozens of different manufacturers and use 4 different OS flavors with any number of updates.  Do the same sort of compatibility with android phones and I'll actually buy one.

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quickone

You also have to look at how much smartphones have changed in the last 2 years, my Moment 2 years ago was great but now it is a painfully underpowerd brick. I'd imagine once the hardware side levels out they'll be able to run the new OS more often. 2.1 is starting to get left behind though, not all apps support it anymore and it came out only 2 years ago to the day. 

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someuid

This is the primary reason I've not jumped to getting my own phone on Android (and just dual use my work cell phone.)

I do not like the idea of paying for a phone, either directly or through a multiyear contract, and have no expectations of regular updates to the phone's software from either the device manufacturer or the cell phone carrier.

I didn't jump to an iPhone because, well AT&T isn't out here unless I pay for roaming.  Forget that.

The whole cell phone market/carrier market needs to be wiped out and replaced with something more consumer oriented.

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CaptainFabulous

Don't be suckered in by this "study" that's full of vague and incomplete half-truths. If you get a top-tier Android phone it's going to get at least one upgrade over the course of your contract. iPhones are no different. They get 1, sometimes 2 upgrades, and many times those "upgrades" don't include any of the new features anyway.

And as someone below pointed out, you don't always need to have the latest and greatest OS as long as your phone works. If you really need the newest OS you can always root your phone and install whatever OS you like.

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Archangel1976

Take my HTC Evo. About a year old. Running older OS. But... so what? Still works fine. When it needs an update, I can see it in the marketplace and bump it up if i choose to do so. Plus, if I don't like it, I can always put cyanogen or some other OS on it.

What I didn't like about my iPhone WAS, to some degree, the CONSTANT UPDATES. I'd have to update it and hook it up to my computer and it was basically a brick for the duration of their update every time I did this. And honestly... where was the "upgrade" from the update? I never saw any appreciable difference. If anything, it got more laggy.

Don't take this the wrong way, but having Apple f**king with things every week... cripes man. Just leave my crap alone. Plus... I also know that this "update" is probably a two-way street. What data were they mining off me every time they did this? Really... I don't WANT APPLE or ANY COMPANY for that matter constantly digging into my crap. I paid you for your product. Thank you. Now go away and stop bothering me. Quit telling me every damn time I turn around that "your product needs an update" and tossing some 100 page legal document in front of me. It stinks.

I don't want a company being my lil buddy buddy, because they're like that friend that ALWAYS wants something. When I want something from you, I want customer service. After that, go away, leave me alone.

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AETAaAS

While fragmentation is a known problem on Android, I take exception with the last paragraph. Just because the OS is not the latest version, it does not mean that the experience falls to pieces right away, it still works. Period.

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