First let me start by saying, what the heck is wrong with Motorola. They released some highly anticipated smartphones (the new Razr HD (Maxx) & Razr M) without Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sure, they said they would have an update by the end of the year, but to release three highly anticipated phones , plus to be owned by Google itself, the outlook for Jelly Bean can’t be good. Im still waiting on my ICS update for my LG Lucid, let alone Jelly Bean.
Now onto the good part….
You can find a video at the bottom of the post!
PART 1: Why should older devices get Android updates (4.0 & 4.1)?
In my personal opinion older devices should receive updates as it means a company is standing behind [ALL] of its products and not just the latest and greatest? We all know this doesn’t happen, but it would be nice.
In the last 6 months I have owned a HTC Droid Incredible 2 and a Motorola Droid 2 Global. The HTC Incredible 2 expected to receive an ICS update “soon” and the Droid 2 Global to remain on 2.3. forever. Now my main device right now is the Droid 2 Global and I am running AOKP’s Milestone 6 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM which is much faster and much more responsive than the stock Gingerbread.
Now, even though I think my Droid 2 Global is better with ICS than it ever was with GB doesn’t mean Motorola sees what I do. The reasons why my phone will never be updated can been found in the second part of this post.
I have owned many older phones and managed to put Jelly Bean on them. Heck, I managed to port Jelly Bean to a crappy Android Tablet made by some Chinese manufacturer. If that Tablet with all the sub-par parts in it has no problem running Jelly Bean, then 85% of all devices running 2.3 Gingerbread should have absolutely no issue.
The fact of the matter is not every technology oriented person can afford to buy the latest and greatest every time it comes out. I own a Droid 2 Global, what does that say about me. I literally drool at all the cool new devices coming out that I write about when I know I won’t get a chance to own them for about 2 years when nobody cares anymore.
Just because a device is old doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a chance to still be relevant. I’m not saying upgrade every device to the latest and greatest the minute it comes out, but don’t leave everyone on Gingerbread forever. At least give them ICS. My Droid 2 Global is awesome with ICS, sadly though I have to rely on XDA for future development.
Which brings me to my next part….
PART 2: Why older devices won’t get Android updates (4.0 & 4.1)?
Manufacturers know that if they continue to support development of older devices than less people will feel the need to upgrade to new devices. Of course there will always be people that will buy the latest and greatest as soon as they can, but the reality is in this economy not everyone can, myself included.
If Motorola updated my Droid 2 Global to ICS, then i would have no incentive to purchase a Droid 3, Droid 4, or any other “newer” device. It’s just the way it is. Personally, I would rather buy from a company that I know is going to stand behind its product for many years to come. I can’t find a company that currently does that, but if we can start a big enough tech boycott maybe someone will smarten up somewhere.
The other problem is manufacturers have enough trouble getting ICS and Jelly Bean updates to newer devices. My LG Lucid for example, I posted on Verizon’s Facebook wall and got a less than pleasing response as to the status of my Lucid ICS update.
Android updates need have a date set for the update within a reasonable amount of time (6 months or less) and that date needs to be set in stone. There should be no way around it. If they miss that date then some sort of apology should be issues in the form of a rebate card, free case, something that shows that actually give a crap!
Should companies be held accountable for slow updates?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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