Do not have a smartphone so I don't care either way...
BUT, I do appreciate that a company is willing to come out and tell the customer exactly why they can't do something, rather then feeding the customer some sugarcoated bs. This is, of course, HTC is being truthful.
I totally think that they should allow two upgrade paths. 1 being for the pure android experience and one for whatever UI the particular company offers. I mean the phones are all manufacturer dependent so its not like taking their custom UI away will confuse people who made the phone. A thunderbolt would still be a thunderbolt with or without sense I have personally used my thunderbolt without sense UI and and that doesnt make it less of a thunderbolt
Just upgraded from an HTC Magic (old, but I like it) to the Google/Samsung Nexus S. I love the pure Android. There are things I miss from the Sense UI, but I can live wihtout them.
I would definitely prefer that I can move a phone forward, rather than have it left behind because of an added UI. Of course, now I won't have to - thank you Google.
@ben850 - what about 2G users - can they use all of the features in iOS 4? How much longer will the 3GS be upgradeable? I appreciate that it is currently supported because my wife has the 3GS (which is a really nice phone). It should stay up to date for a while because the OS and the hardware come from one company. The Android world is more varied over hardware and add-on software, except for the Google phones. They retain control - like Apple, keep pure Android on them, and they update them (not sure how long it can continue as the OS may outstrip the hardware, like the iPhone 2G). The original Google Nexus One has been upgraded to Gingerbread.
For the HTC Magic, maybe it's time to root it and put in one of the mods?
[citation][nom]chick0n[/nom]Just don't whine when you get slowdowns and crap.[/citation]
Most likely will be lag issues on the 3GS. Luckily my contract is up this month, so I will go for the iPhone5 or whichever Android phone is top of the line. I can adapt to different OS's but I CANNOT stand a laggy UI.
Of course, all WP7 phones will be able to run Mango seeing as the hardware has to conform.
Now that the market is settling down we are starting to see Android fragment into those who can and those who can't and there will be a lot of ill-feeling amongst those who have signed up for a 2 year contract and stuck with no update path.
Why does the wildfire s have an upgrade path, a phone with less features, seems like Marketing B.S to me, sorry but the upgrade on Android phones is just terrible only the nexus phones have a clear road of updates. I rather loose all the extra customization and have a pure android experience. Iphone 3gs still have life left, most android phone of 2009 are now left in the dust.
[citation][nom]drunkahol[/nom]I have HTC Desire. Running Gingerbread. Just not the way HTC wanted me to be running it. If Gingerbread+Sense is too much for the phone, let users opt to ditch Sense to run Gingerbread.It's bordering on unfair restraint not to allow this.I'm running the Oxygen-2.1.3 ROM for those interested.[/citation]
I don't think they are being mean and spiteful to specific HTC owners, there is probably a technical issue that affects 0.01% of users, so if they roll out the update it will be them who is liable for bricking your phone because they know about it in advance.
They really don't mind you forcing the update yourself because if you do and it screws up the handset you only have yourself to blame.