Google Nexus One owners mightn’t be too happy about missing out on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), but – as theunderstatement.com’s Michael DeGusta points out – the former Android flagship hasn’t fared too badly with updates historically.
In fact, Michael has gone one step further and provided a chart with every iPhone and Android model released in the US before July 2010, showing how they’ve been treated with regards to updates.
With each of the iPhones, they’ve always had the most recent version of iOS available to them, for up to three years from release. That includes the original iPhone. As such, the iPhones are all shown in green on Michael’s visualisation.
However, it’s not such a pretty picture for Android. Some handsets are one, two, or even three major releases behind the current major version.
As Michael notes:
- Seven of 18 Android phones never ran the current major version
- 12 of 18 ran a current version for a matter of weeks
- 11 of 18 stopped getting updates within a year of release
- 13 of 18 stopped getting support while the device was still on sale, or very shortly thereafter
- 15 of 18 don’t run Gingerbread
- 16 of 18 almost certainly won’t get Ice Cream Sandwich
All in all, a pretty depressing story as far as Android’s concerned, and Ice Cream Sandwich is doing nothing to right those wrongs. Oh dear.