I went back and found every Android phone shipped in the United
States up through the middle of last year. I then tracked down
every update that was released for each device – be it a major OS
upgrade or a minor support patch — as well as prices and release
and discontinuation dates. I compared these dates and versions to
the currently shipping version of Android at the time. The
resulting picture isn’t pretty — well, not for Android users.
This took a lot of effort, and his resulting infographic is striking. Many Android phones ship on day one with an old version of the OS and never catch up at any point. Fantastic work. Pretty good analysis too:
In other words, Apple’s way of getting you to buy a new phone is
to make you really happy with your current one, whereas apparently
Android phone makers think they can get you to buy a new phone by
making you really unhappy with your current one. Then again, all
of this may be ascribing motives and intent where none exist —
it’s entirely possible that the root cause of the problem is
just flat-out bad management (and/or the aforementioned
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence.