It's a real bummer. Once I'm able to upgrade, I will be going with a stock Android device, more than likely in the Nexus line, for this very reason.
I am 50/50 on this. I understand that the real selling feature for the Galaxy Nexus is the ICS upgrade and Verizon having this as an exclusive is one of their selling points for what is otherwise an OK phone. But on the flip side this is “open” software and should be rolled out to the masses. But since it is open to the manufactures not the general public they need to “Skin” it so they can make the experience unique to them and better differentiate themselves from the other phones out there by more than just hardware and design differences.
For good or bad this is one of the reason we all like Android, Its customizability. The fact that we the end user can also change it once we get our hands on it.
If we wanted the same experience as everyone else we would be using iPhones and enjoying the control apple has over the devices to be able to ensure that the latest updates are available to the masses at about the same time and the same levels.
Google "my phone android update" or cyanogen and go nuts.
And welcome to the world of Android OS fragmentation. It is why so many people in the geek community are jumping ship, and to be honest who can blame them?
I've been running the HTC Hero, stuck on 2.1, until I rooted it.
That said the majority of users outside the geek community are happy to have a phone that works, regardless of the Android flavour. Personally I'm frustrated by it, but not willing to buy into an iphone, so I'll take the hit. But I can't help but feel it is a bad move that Google really need to work out.
People in the geek community have jumped ship? I don't think that word means what you think it means, my friend.
so, if you actually cared what version of Android your phone has... you would look into getting an upgrade. I know, using that new fangled website called "Google" is very complicated for people who care . What I'm trying to say is, that if it matters to you, you will find a way to google it.
'Look into getting an upgrade' - yes that is lovely for people who are made of money, however for most people who live in the real world that quite simply isn't an option. Once the mobile phone operators lock you into a 18/24 month contact you are at the whim of the phone manufacturers as to if you get the next version of Android for your device. If you are lucky you'll get a year's worth of updates before they decide it simply isn't worth the effort.
Google. Have you heard of it?
To be honest, I am perfectly happy with 2.3 and I haven't yet seen anything about 4.0 that is compelling enough to make me really get excited about it. I am even considering ignoring the update when it is released for the Photon. Until I start seeing apps that I want requiring 4,I'd rather stick with what I have that is working perfectly well with no bugs. Does this mean I am getting old? :)
Aside from the UI enhancements there is nothing making me scream for ice cream (see what I did there). 2.3 has been incredibly stable and quick for me. I also feel like there are a lot of apps that are struggling with 4.0 right now and not working properly.
Could be, I'm sure that there are still folks using windows NT. :)
Yeah, my work computer still has Ubuntu 11.04 because I don't like the new version. So maybe I am only another skipped upgrade or two away from being a little like an NT user. :/
The idea of a phone being outdated before the two year contract is up just pisses me off. I got an Atrix this March when they were hyped up to be the fastest thing on the market. Eight short months and one software update later the Atrix 2 is out and my phone still reboots at random and needs the occasional battery pull. I have little faith in ATT/motorola to continue updating my phone so now I'm stuck with an unreliable jack for 14 more months. It's a severe lack of long term planning by both parties to put all their own crap on my phone when they don't have what it takes to keep it up to date. I'm going with an unlocked windows phone once i find a way out this contract.
Its unacceptable. And while it is obviously the fault of the phone manufacturers and cell operators rather than Google's fault directly, it is Google's fault for not forcing Android licensees more into line. They have the power to do more than they have.
Its ridiculous that a user with a 6-month old smartphone might not even get security updates.
You can't peg this one on Google. The responsibility lies solely on the manufacturers and the carriers. Adding a skin to Android and releasing a crazy number of devices all within 6 months of each other means that you can't focus on keeping the OS up to date.
Google is on a one year release cycle with Nexus devices and provides prompt updates to those devices whenever a new version of Android is released.
I agree up to a point. I do not claim that this is Google's fault. Android users are dependent on the manufacturer's ability to adapt Google's software to their hardware. Right now, it hardly appears that they are up to the task, either by choice or inability. I develop software for a living and it generally takes significant resources that these manufactures may not be willing to commit.
The losers here are the users since in order to get a software update, they have to buy new hardware. The other losers are the application developers. How many different versions is a developer willing to maintain? 2, 5, 10? It's no wonder that Android developers are having a hard time making money. How long before users and developers start migrating to a more stable OS platform? I have been seeing this with some of my friends.
Can Google help this? I believe they can if they choose to.
Looks like you have heard of "google" please use it
I always thought that a phone manufacture should have some kind of "reset to pure" software on their website. I hear many phones can't get ICS because of the skin (Motoblur / Touch Wiz) taking up memory.
I still use my T-mobile G1... It has OS 1.6 and still rocks!
I salute you sir. :) I have to say that I have been entirely happy with every version of Android since 1.6. I could be happy with 1.6 except for the fact that many apps require 2.2 or better, such as Google Navigation, which I use rarely but wouldn't trade for anything on those rare occasions. I'm in no big hurry to go ICS until one of my prized apps starts requiring it. Until then, I'm not exactly sure why everyone is getting so uptight about this.
Google Nav works just fine on my phone... They must still support me cause I got the update for it and now it shows a few ads... I can't blame google for the ad tho... They do so much for me! Haha!
Seems like a trolling comment. If you care what version of Android you have, you can google "how to get my phone to latest version." it's not that hard.
Not that hard?
Ok, ICS has been released. Nobody I know with an Android device has it. I don't think most folks will go through the effort to try and update their device to the latest Android version. It may or may not be "that hard," but it sure is not that easy.
I think that we agree, but we are stating the same point differently. The point I was trying to make (which seems that I did very poorly) is that if you actually care what the newest version of Android is, you will look it up. So far, the instructions that I've seen for updating devices boil down to "following written directions." Be 1 or 100 steps, it still is "following written directions" to me.
All I can say is I knew this day would come. It happened with Windows Mobile and It is happening now for Android. I am not surprised or disappointed.