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The Update Battle: Innovation vs legacy support

0. phoneArena 27 Oct 2011, 10:42 posted on

Every company needs to draw the line between innovation and supporting legacy devices, and the speed of the mobile ecosystem makes finding that line harder than most, especially for users. So, we're trying to make sense of how it works, and how to best make your choices...

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posted on 27 Oct 2011, 10:59 18

1. AdamW33 (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)


I feel like the vast majority of cell phone users don't care where their phone lies in the spectrum. In fact, I know many smartphone users that have ignored every software update available simply because they don't want to take the time and are happy the way it is.

Most people don't need the best thing on the market. They just want something that is easy to use and has the features they need. Hence the iPhone domination.

Me personally? I'd rather a top-of-the-line Android device.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:00 4

3. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


word for word...totally agree!...wonderful post!

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:29 6

43. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


This reflects the vast majority of people I come across. They don't even know updates exist, they're too busy living to worry about having the best tech on their phone. The phone is mainly for communication, somewhere along the line we outgrew that and people saw the need to have an all-in-one device hence the smartphones today. The majority of people are blissfully ignorant and I can't blame them, it doesn't benefit anyone knowing excessive info about phones unless your in the business of selling phones, although I'd rather be in the minority that's in the know and glad sites like PA exist.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 10:59

2. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


for android is that a jelly bean??

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:17 14

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Yeah, the next version is rumored to be Jelly Bean. I'm hoping for Key Lime Pie after that.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:15 1

38. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


darn it.. ur making me hungry.. lol

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:20 1

42. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


BTW,
good job on the article. :)

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 20:28 1

65. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The thing is, Android is completely advancing over IOS and quickly. IOS has a 2 year lead on Android but look how advanced Android has become already. IOS has made improvements and some changes but for the most part they are slight and don't impact the device it's running on nearly as much as Android.

The Nexus One was a super phone when it first launched nearly 2 years ago but just about a year ago we got the first dual core phone with 1GB of RAM and a much superior graphics processor.

Android phones become outdated very quickly due to the fast and powerful advancing of their own OS. ICS is going to require a lot of horsepower and rightfully so. We all want change, we all want advancement, we don't want the same Gingerbread all over again.

Put a 1.5ghz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM and only give it 2.0 and can you imagine how blazing fast it would be? It would be complete overkill just like the dual core processor is on the iPhone 4S. In the past, android devices have not been able to meet the system requires it's own OS has required.

But they have quickly made those changes with overclocking their dual core processors and giving them nearly double the RAM. Not only that but ICS is made for dual core processors as it is off of Honeycomb and no longer running from Gingerbread.

So yes I predict that the Galaxy Nexus will get android 5.0 but after that it will be too outdated. That's just the way it goes and rightfully so.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:06

67. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


they become outdated due to a poor os that can't manage resources

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:16 1

68. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Now taco, that isn't true. Every update that Android has had has required much more processor power and RAM and devices couldn't hold up.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:31 8

70. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I wondered when you'd show up with something that makes no sense. The problem is that Google never mandated minimum internal storage and older phones don't have the space to store ICS. It has nothing to do with resource management.

P.S. Taco, not even a mention of the incredibly fair treatment of iOS in the article? No credit at all?

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:59 1

72. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Agreed Michael. To truely understand both OS's you'd actually have to use one. I assume Taco has either never actually used an android device or looked at one of the cheap low end devices.

You can't expect to put ICS on a phone with a 600mph processor and only 200 some mbs of ram and then expect it to run smooth and fast. JUST not going to happen, that's not googles fault and it sure isnt android's.

The device was designed for certain versions of android.

OG Droid was designed for android 2.0, Droid X 2.1, etc etc etc. Two factors come in to play to affect how well or poorly an update does to the device. How powerful is the processor and ram? And if the OS is running on a different UI(Motoblur, Sense, Touchwiz, etc)

That's not android's fault if the update screws up the device and makes it buggy and laggy. It's who made the device and uses a different UI on top of it.

Basically if Google forced everyone to use thesame specs and did not allow any kind of customer user interface then a lot of these problems wouldnt exist.


HOWEVER, Android is and has always been an open source system and it's worth these problems old devices had to begin with. It seems like they will at least make a requirement for ICS and hopefully limit the custom ui on future devices to prevent bugs and prevent slow updates. But still in the end remain as a open os.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 22:07 3

74. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i never had any problems with my X until Gingerbread. i guess i've had much better luck with Motorola. i'm like Motorola's chosen one. xD

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 22:17

75. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I had the OG Droid when it first came out. Loved it on 2.0, works flawlessly. 2.1 came and it went to hell, no different from 2.2

Droid X the same thing. It was AMAZING on 2.1, then 2.2 came and it went to hell. 2.3 helped make it less laggy but the bugs remained.

Seems like you should ONLY use the phone you have with the current version it runs to avoid problems lol.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 07:20

86. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


guys, i have an X that i want to sell soon.

i'd like to get the official GB update, but it wont show up on my phone. i have it rooted, but no roms. did the update not roll out 100%? is there something i can do to get the official update?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 10:01

93. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


go to Swappa.com. best place to sell Android devices.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 10:07

94. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


im going to sell locally on craigslist. i would like to have gb as a selling point though.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 10:47 1

96. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you can get that sold for a much better price on Swappa. i sold my Droid X with a car mount for 400 something dollars in August.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:35

98. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if your phone is rooted you wont see ota, but the good old cable might help out, otherwise just remove root

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 07:44

101. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


removed the root, rebooted, still wont recognize the need to update (says OS is up to date).

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 23:09

79. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Nailed it. I don't have a problem with Taco, I respect his loyalty to Apple but some of the others I really can't stand.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 23:41

81. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You are either pro apple with these guys or you are against them. There's no middle ground, in between. You can't like both, you can only love apple and never question or discredit apple.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 08:55

88. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


sooooo blinded in every article hahahaha :D:D:D

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:10 3

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


"We here are burdened with knowledge."
omg i know just what you mean. xD

good article Michael.
something else i noticed with Android updates is that sales are a factor too. i mean why devote time and resources to a small group of buyers? that's a lesson i unfortunately had to learn the hard way with the Motorola Devour. when i was in the market for my first smartphone i really wanted one with a good keyboard because of the Touchscreen woes i had with the LG Dare and so it ultimately came down between the Droid and the Devour and i decided on the Devour because it had a much better build quality, (damn thing was a tank) a better keyboard plus i thought it looked better and being that they both had the same processor clock speed, same amount of RAM and Internal Storage (i had limited knowledge of mobile SoCs then) i thought the Devour was sure to get the Eclair update. wrong! it was to be left on Android 1.6 for the rest of it's life. it was a good phone, i liked it a lot but i couldn't deal with being stuck on Cupcake so i was able to get a Droid 2 warranty replacement. moral of the story: always go for high-end, vastly marketed phones.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:18 2

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's another big reason why the Nexus One isn't being updated. It never had that many users to begin with, and most who own it are the people who update either every year, or every two years on a strict schedule.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:17 2

14. snowgator (Posts: 3599; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Very good post King- as usual. I am really starting to look for your name when I read the comments section.

Excellent and detailed article, Mr. Heller - as usual. I forgot to give you props when I posted. Phone Arena is lucky to have you. A slight bonus should be awarded for your abilities, I think....

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:38 2

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


don't know if you know but KingKurogiii is trump3r
*plays the cue music*

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:28

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


xD Trump3r? lol it was Thump3r. you know the Rabbit from Bambi.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:51 2

31. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


woops

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:27

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


thanks snowgator. i appreciate your posts too. (:
it's true. you've known me all along. i'm Thump3r. i decided to make a new account.

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