Originally Posted by grking
Look, I love my iPhone, MBP, and I particularly love my new 27" quad core i7 iMac, but people have to realize that people (a lot of them probably) knowingly and consciously choose an Android phone, not because they cannot get an iPhone, or because and iPhone is too expensive, but rather because it is what they want.
Many only want Android because they want Verizon's network more than they want the iPhone, whether it be for reliability, 3G availability, or both.
Originally Posted by sranger
1) Do you really think Android is doomed because a few older phones cannot be upgraded to the latest version?
2) Do you really think all Android phones are crap because a few manufactures chose to release them without the latest OS installed?
3) Do you really think the everyone will stop developing apps for the Android phones because they have to deal with different versions of the OS?
1. I don't think that Android is "doomed" because of fragmentation. If Android is doomed, it's only because of the Oracle suit. (Actually, Windows Phone 7 may give Android a run in the consumer market, once it gets multitasking and cut/copy/paste, etc.)
Most people don't care what version they use, or what version is out there, somewhere. They just want what they have to work well, and work with the apps they want.
3. The most likely situation is that Android app makers keep making a single version that works with 1.6 and up, until a vast majority of Android devices work with 2.1 and up. Most phones these days aren't stuck on 2.0, so that's not a problem.
Originally Posted by solipsism
The examples of Android phones that aren’t being updated in a timely manner or at all goes to the heart of the matter of Android not being an ideal mobile OS for the average person, which will give Apple, RiM and others a very real and profitable segment of the market.
Don't underestimate the ability for the average human to blame the wrong person for a problem.
Take someone who wants to download a sports app for her Android phone. But what? It doesn't work with her Android 1.6-enabled phone?
It must be the app maker's fault.
However, the app maker noticed that to make the app work the way that is needed, he needed some APIs from the 2.1 SDK, but that means the app won't work with 1.6. But instead of blaming the cellphone maker for not upgrading her phone to a more modern version of Android, that person will blame the app maker because, "I have an Android phone. I want it to work with my phone." Well, it wasn't possible with 1.6. Upgrade to 2.1.
"But I can't upgrade it. And what do you mean by 'it's not possible'? Fix the problem.
It's like a wife who blames her husband for picture quality issues on her favorite show, when the fault was with some faulty equipment at the TV station. It's completely illogical for her to blame someone who had no control over the problem, but she doesn't care.
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
There is some history to be learned-- Civil War and Major League Baseball:Sports, 1866-1944 - 1st Commissioner of Baseball
"Regardless of the outcome of the juries, no player that throws a ball game, no man that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever again play professional baseball."
- Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
If you read Shoeless Joe's wikipedia profile
, you'll find out that he may not have helped fix the World Series. Plus, his performance in the World Series was spectacular. He still got banned. He should absolutely be reinstated.