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Verizon Announces Android 4.0 Update List

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Top message:  What about Droid 3?? by remlap420   Mar 6, 2012, 2:11 PM

Replying to:  Re: What about Droid 3?? by remlap420   Mar 6, 2012, 11:15 PM

The Real Problem with Android Updates

by T Bone    Mar 6, 2012, 11:32 PM

Is the cost of the update, and the fact that there is so many Android devices out there that any new Android device is guaranteed to have a fairly short time on the market before it's replaced.

The process of updating phones is very involved and very complex, you have the initial testing, then you have to check for hardware compatibility, and make appropriate modifications, then you have to check for compatibility of the custom UI that every OEM loves to add, and make the appropriate modifications, then you have to check for compatibility of all the stuff added by the carrier, and make appropriate modifications, then you have to test to make sure the update actually works and doesn't screw up the phone or the network.....

All this work is not cheap....what it comes down to is, there are certain devices which simply did not sell enough units, and did not have a long enough life span, to justify the expense to the carrier, so they take a pass on updating them because it just isn't worth the money....

The people to blame for this situation is not Verizon, but Google.....

Google needs to step up to the plate and do like Microsoft did with the introduction of Windows Phone 7 and impose certain requirements upon OEM's before they can use Android on a phone, requirements which will guarantee that a phone will continue to be updated for at least the 2 years, and then Google needs to cut OEM's and carriers out of the update process altogether and send out the updates themselves through their own servers like Apple and Microsoft.

Until Google steps up and takes control, the Android update problem will not merely continue, but it will get progressively worse until it destroys the Android experience and starts driving consumers away from Android and towards other platforms..,...

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