Originally Posted by jragosta
Apple offers iOS updates for their phones for at least 2 years, often 3 years. For Android, OTOH, it is common that even a brand new phone doesn't have any Android upgrades available. Heck, my daughter bought an Android 2.2 phone after ICS was already out and there is no chance that it will ever be upgradeable.
Originally Posted by jfanning
Why do you harp on about this when it doesn't carry the weight you try to place on it.
Unlike Apple, Google routinely updates their applications and releases them as updates (mail etc), you don't need to wait for an OS upgrade to get a new version. She purchased (no one forced her to
) a 2.2 based phone?
I purchased a 3GS in 2009, it came with iOS 3. It will be upgraded to iOS 6 next week.
I purchased an Archos 48 media player in 2011. It came with Android 1.4. It can't be officially upgraded beyond 1.6. There are numerous apps which can't be installed, notably Skype and Google Drive.
I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Y April this year. It can't be officially upgraded beyond Android 2.3 (Not that it bothers me anymore, the model I purchased and its replacement were returned as they each went onto endless reboots. What's the point of a phone you can't use).
I swapped for the Sony Xperia tipi which with Android 4.0.3 is so far so good.
But my main phone will remain an iPhone.
It is deceptive to be promoting all the wonderful things about Android, talking about how the handsets are cheaper when the consumer can buy brand new Android handsets with the old limited versions of Android.
The consumer who buys a new iPhone today gets the current iOS. With Android it's very much let the consumer beware, as jfanning illustrates by chastising someone who purchased a new handset with Android 2.2. The consumer has to be knowledgable about which phone comes with what version of Android and whether it can be upgraded or not. Extra time and harassment for the knowledgable purchaser.
Future disappointment and confusion for those not in the know when an app doesn't work on their brand new 2.3 handset but works on a friend's year old device with 4.0.