The Upgrade Case of Google!

Why is not currently worth buying an Android device… In
advance to the explanation, no, this is not an entry of an iPhone user the desperate reasons to seek to justify the alleged ach so high purchase price of his device, rather it is rather a post of a user , Who wanted to jog a new MP3 player and considered why you could not take a smartphone for this. With the great app My Tracks-an Android app that looks more or less in the ease of its peers. However, what hurts me so far on Android smartphones is the fragmentation, which is the ambiguity with regard to systemversion policy.
One device has “one donut” (version 1.6), another one “an eclaire” (version 2.0) and it is not really clear whether one can upgrade the device to the latest Android OS 2.1 version.Regarding this, it is quite clear whether not shortly after the purchase of the desired Android smartphone, something new, better rauskommt, and here I speak not of the hardware but only by the system software.

Examples please? Motorola Milestone-was upset at the end of last year as the Android smartphone, a few weeks later, Google fully rides with the Nexus One (latest version Android 2.1) pure – of course, of course, of course. A procedure, which is going to happen again and again. The Milestone or Droid owner still hangs at the 2.0 and is not even sure if the 2.1 comes also for his smartphone (Note by the author: Meanwhile the version 2.1 is available for the Milestone actually).

The HTC Hero still hangs with the 1.X version of Android, supposedly in the early summer to upgrade to 2.1. The Google One (G1) is depreciated after less than 18 months. From Samsung Galaxy I hear nothing more-once sold, no longer supported. The list is still going on forever.Unfortunately, this system policy affects not only the operating system itself, because the current Google apps (the best Android apps are still by Google itself) are always connected with the latest OS version. So you are fixed on older apps and can not use eg the latest Google mail version. After all, Google has now recognized the problem and wants to counter long-term. In this case, individual OS components are distributed via the Android Market as upgrades. How, when and where is not really certain. So the current devices are all the more “unsuitable”, it could get a new OS version, which makes this selective updating only as a consumer is then again confronted with the fact of having bought something wrong.

Almost entirely different at Apple. There is once a year a new smartphone, once a year a new software version which runs then also on most old devices. As an exception, here is the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 version, because it no longer runs on a three year old device and in a two year old gadget only with restrictions. However, the restrictions are then clearly recognizable-not the arbitrariness or the fragmentation of the offer, but the simple lack of performance in terms of memory and processor are responsible for the different depth of the support. So the decay time is reached only after 36 months, before it always there were all updates (albeit with restrictions by the hardware). With Android, the decay time is now reached after less than 18 months, with a current product range which certainly does not withstand the update cycle of the future.

These considerations keep me fundamentally from spending money on Android, and rather encourage me to stop jogging, buy a 3G or simply use my existing iPhone, because with Apple iPhone OS 4.0 has made itself fit for the future. Multitasking and more, actually everything my heart desires. In addition, apps in abundance and at reasonable prices. Just missing a my tracks version for the iPhone, but somewhere under 185,000 programs there certainly. I have not found it yet;-).