LG Superfan, 10 Jul 2020If $400 iPhone can get 5 years of updates why not $1500 android? This can happen Google just h... moreAnd what did iPhone achieve by 5 years of updates?
All the latest features on iOS are already available on Android 4.4.
Don't even get me started on security patch updates.
They are extremely overrated.
samsung tsb s5e still no update
No android based smartphone will never have more than 3 major OS updates, and most will have only 2. This is not from smartphone manufacturer's inability to maintain but will to do so. Most people with a working smartphone will not buy a new smartphones if the old ones can run the same software as the new. It's planned obsolescence at it's best, and from the companies point of view, it is the only way to survive. That's capitalistic corporatism for you! Look how low consumer PC and Laptop sales have fallen in recent years all due to the fact that the products are mature and people can continue using their devices 5+ years running latest linux and windows 10.
If you are perfectly content with your smartphone's features and hardware even if it is 2 years old (as smartphones have become quite mature), there are only a few reasons you would buy a new device. Failing Battery (you can easily last 3 years with proper habits), Expendable income (getting low with rising income inequality), and latest software update mainly due to security and compatibility (the aspect companies can control). So what so you expect.
Google is fortunately fighting a different corporate battle from the manufacturers so it needs to step up it's update game (or iOS/HarmonyOS, or maybe a new player will eat it - future Amazon OS anyone?)
And lastly if you really care about OS updates and want that multi-year support: do not buy the latest arrival in market, wait at least 3 months, then buy a top selling phone that has enough support on XDA. Flash a custom ROM from the big developers and viola, you have your device.
Anonymous, 10 Jul 2020Don't be misled by Google. Google FORCES people to update when you have a Pixel phone. Th... moreIt isn't bad at all. If you have latest update you most likely have the best android and most secure too. Don't worry and update all your devices powered by android iOS and Windows.
LG Superfan, 10 Jul 2020If $400 iPhone can get 5 years of updates why not $1500 android? This can happen Google just h... moreWith Android being open source, Google simply do not have that level of control. They can make certain efforts using the GooglePlay framework, but updating the overall firmware is ultimately up to each OEM.
And those OEM’s it would appear, see no value in offering more than 2 such updates in a device's lifecycle, often even that goes unfulfilled. Things have gotten better over recent years yes, but there is still a long way to go.
Spend as much on an android as you like, you still will not be looking at more than 3 years support at the absolute maximum, very often it will be less.
klv12gcn, 10 Jul 2020I'd love to see that happens. But be down to Earth here, OEM will never ever give thei... moreAlthough some companies are now offering 3 updates, like OnePlus and Samsung. So that's a start.
evilboy, 10 Jul 2020this is why i dont buy flagship anymoreBased on low android flagship sales, you aren't the only one
klv12gcn, 10 Jul 2020I'd love to see that happens. But be down to Earth here, OEM will never ever give thei... moreIf $400 iPhone can get 5 years of updates why not $1500 android? This can happen Google just have to force it
Microsoft updates their Windows OS on laptops/desktops directly bypassing OEM. Why Google can't update Android OS on phones like them? Even if it's skinned OS, at least, Google can update base OS directly. They can do so from Play Store. OEM's are too lazy and greedy to update their Android OS and wants users to buy new phones every year for new OS.
LG Superfan, 10 Jul 2020Next step should be to force 4 major updates for flagship and 2 for mid and lower mid rangeI'd love to see that happens.
But be down to Earth here, OEM will never ever give their 1500$ devices for more than 2 major updates.
No matter how good the hardware is, no matter how high their price is, 2 is all you get.
Next step should be to force 4 major updates for flagship and 2 for mid and lower mid range
Anonymous, 10 Jul 2020No, no, no, the number is quite misleading. I believe those new users are more than the old... moreYeye what logic. În the past those entry elevwl phones would come with last year Android 9. Now with covid pandemic they manage to increase the total numbers of smartphones who received the update by 1.5x compared to last year. It's good for every one. The Android world is moving faster to updates. Why would you complain sir?
Android oems do need more updates and maybe snappier sometimes.
But regardless thank god it's not the mess of destructive beta updates disguised as a final release that have plagued ios users.
No, no, no, the number is quite misleading.
I believe those new users are more than the old one because nowadays Android is sold like a cupcake. Look at Huawei already released more than 40 just a half of 2020. And others, they mostly already shipped with Android 10 from the start.
Don't be misled by Google. Google FORCES people to update when you have a Pixel phone. This wasn't the case a few years ago, a few years ago you could disable the update notification, not possible anymore.
Apple does not force you to update iOS.