Originally Posted by Hari5
There is no sense in comparing iOS 6 with 5.0 Jelly Bean based on rumors. There is no preview of Jelly Bean available. Google has yet to unveil the OS.
That is a major issue for companies like Samsung, HTC, Sony who are unable to provide the upgrade due to their proprietary layers. However any user who purchases latest Google's Nexus branded phone gets the update on day 1 of their release due to stock android.
I think it goes beyond "Google has yet to unveil the OS". Your second paragraph is the more important one. Even if Google had laid out the entire OS in all it's glory, it would be meaningless to anyone using an existing Android phone. My daughter's Motorola Flipside just failed. Since it was covered with AT&T's warranty program, they sent her a Pantech P8000. Even though it was just shipped this week, it came with Android 2.2. Pantech's site says that you can upgrade to 2.3. Similarly, my ex bought a new phone last week. It was the latest Android phone from Straight Talk - and came with Android 2.3 and no upgrade is available.
It absolutely amazes me that the Android community puts up with this. After all, one of the key selling features is that the user supposedly has control over the system, but that's clearly not the case when it comes to upgrades.
Originally Posted by lilgto64
Ah but see you have failed to understand the actual underlying reason that MS does that - it is a very sly strategy.
MS knows that a certain percentage of users - typically business - are either on a software licensing contract that includes software updates - or will automatically upgrade every couple of years to the latest version of MS products - which means that a certain percentage of users will be effectively forced to use the new version. Now, if the new version were effectively the same as the old version from a UI perspective then the average user could seamlessly move from the new version at work to the older version at home etc with little or no adjustment. However, if moving from the office to home is a disjointed jarring experience how can you make your life easier? by purchasing the new version of course. So rather than taking 10 years for the entire user base to switch over to the new version - you can get maybe 80 or 90% converted over in a could years time.
It goes beyond the UI. While they've gotten much better lately, this approach has also used with file formats and hard disk formats. We bought a lot of copies of the latest Office package when .docx files started appearing from customers. We could have either asked the customers to send the file to us in .doc format (making us look like we were behind the times) or upgrade. Today, it's less of a problem because they finally created a .docx plugin for earlier versions, but when the file format first came out, that wasn't true.
Same thing with NTFS when it first came out. Some people had to upgrade to be able to read various drives.
I do have to admit, though, that MS has done less of this in the last few years. I guess because "upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 so that you have an OS that works" was enough of an incentive that they didn't need to do anything else.
Originally Posted by dasanman69
Not as much as you think and most times controllable, a weather widget will update at whatever intervals you set it at, while others can get refreshed by the user.
That doesn't change what he said. It still uses RAM and CPU resources and potential stability problems.