Android Phones to Get 18-Month Support Cycle

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sadly what its coming to is hardware functionality and network reliability, as far as the top questions to ask when choosing a android phone. Apart fro that those in the know, realize that the best thing they can do is to root their new device ASAP, dump the useless pre-installed apps and the 'already obsolete' version of android the device same with and put on the latest avail. android version on there with the apps and features they want.
 

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Of course, what the carriers might mean by supporting phones for 18 months is that you can expect one update 18 months after you buy your phone. AT&T (and Samsung) got almost halfway there by taking 7 months to get Froyo to Captivate, complete with an absurdly complex, flaky, Windows-only, manual process instead of an over-the-air automatic update. Nice job making phones as complicated and trouble-prone as PCs, guys!
 
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Updates are set back because 1 the carrier needs time to load all their bloatware on it and it cannot be removed unless you root, and 2 they "leak" updates to see if it can be rooted and how to stop it. Motorola is notorious for locking down their phones, stay away from Motorola!! And Verizon loads all this unwanted garbage (bloatware) on the phone, avoid them also!! Currently HTC is apparently the way to go. Knowing what i know now, I will never buy another motorola phone
 

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[citation][nom]jeffq[/nom]Of course, what the carriers might mean by supporting phones for 18 months is that you can expect one update 18 months after you buy your phone. AT&T (and Samsung) got almost halfway there by taking 7 months to get Froyo to Captivate, complete with an absurdly complex, flaky, Windows-only, manual process instead of an over-the-air automatic update. Nice job making phones as complicated and trouble-prone as PCs, guys![/citation]
As trouble-prone as PCs? LOL my HTC Desire updates over the air. What do you say about that? And seriously? PC? Trouble? Those 2 shouldn't even be in the same sentence.
 

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[citation][nom]jeffq[/nom]Nice job making phones as complicated and trouble-prone as PCs, guys![/citation]

Trouble-prone & Complicated? Do you mean installing Windows7 once for instance and then don't have to care about it at all, if a person can't handle that with automatic updates etc they should not have any tech beside perhaps a toaster and a calculator!

You Sir either troll or simply should not own any tech since it seems to be to complicated for you!
 

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I have Sense 3.0 on a Desire HD today and it works just fine. They should ask the help of the xda community for porting to older devices. They should just allow access to their source repositories and not waste the time of talented people on decompiling their things.

Just my 2c.
 
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The elephant in the room is security updates. Do they really intend to give people on a three year contract only 18 months of security updates?
 

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An excellent idea, let's just hope it follows through as planned.

[citation][nom]humbi83[/nom]I have Sense 3.0 on a Desire HD today and it works just fine. They should ask the help of the xda community for porting to older devices. They should just allow access to their source repositories and not waste the time of talented people on decompiling their things.Just my 2c.[/citation]

I agree, there's a whole community out there that can have their talent tapped.
 

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This is a point I've bumped into lately.
The Froyo update still is not rolled out in my country for the Milestone, so I downloaded the manual update from the Motorola UK portal. Now I'm finally running on 2.2, but I'm fearing the worst for 2.3 not even coming to my device at all.
 
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this a great move and is certainly going to steer Android ahead than iOS. however, does it also mean that after 18 months they do not care about their device??
 

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I'm glad that
Androids are
Going to get
updates sooner
ranter than later.
I'm planning on
buying the GS2
when it comes to the US. Although it is nice to hear that my GS1 is going to be supported
for a while longer.
 

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Ok so im not sure who came up with the 18 months idea, but if these phone companies can subsidize a phone only based on the fact that they sign up for 2 year contracts (My American Education) tells me that this is 24 months, which means that Sprint, ATT, Verizon, T-MOBILE are all willing to lock you into a phone for 2 years without batting an eye but the prospect of supporting a phone during that entire time is ltoo much to ask for? Come on, what BS, I' think its total crap and i'm a guy who has a good job and pays the full price for my gadgets so these phone companies cannot lock me in anywhere.
 
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I have an LG GW620 with android 1.5 and not been updated since its manufacture. That I speak! I hope that LG do I sign today!
 

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2 year contract should mean 2 years of support, imo...

And I will never buy another Motorola phone as long as they continue to lock them down so tightly. HTC gets my money when this X is done. I want my phone to be like my PC: I expect my ISP to sell me connectivity, not lock down my computer.
 

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Jacekring is right... the article's statement of
you can count on your phone receiving all compatible updates for a year and a half after you buy it.
is factually incorrect.

Also, I don't care about manufacturers supporting the devices, I care about the carriers supporting the devices. I say make public access to all software releases within that 18 month process without carrier approval and then we're talking.... But even then, carriers are starting to look into blocking hacked/modded releases from accessing the network.

Let android get big enough to be viable on the back of "open source" and "customization", then lock it down when you no longer need these features. Brilliant! Gotta love the telcos...
 
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