New Android devices will receive OS upgrades for at least 18 months
11 May 2011 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
During the Google developer conference this week, Google announced that a group of Android manufatures will adopt guidelines for how quickly devices are update after a new platform release
The initiative by Google to have guidelines for how quickly devices are updated after a new platform release are embraced by all the major Android device manufactures and service providers. The founding partners are : Motorola, LG, HTC, Samsun, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, AT&T and Sprint.
The first announcement from the the participating partners is that new devices will receive the latest Android platform upgrades for 18 months after the device is first released, as long as the hardware allows.
All the major manufactures has realized that continous support to existing customers is an essential factor in succeeding in the mobile phone industry. And they have all been much better in releasing upgrades and application enhancement to older handsets.
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Good news! We can look forward to greater longevity for our devices now.
That's what used to do in the good 'ol days
Yep, those surely were the days .. old and good..
this is a good thing and hope that i feel happy every other time when that android gets a new update
this gives me hope that my first android device this year (the S II) may yet get the 3.1 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich - lol!) upgrade, which is a substantial upgrade for devices in these times
Personally I think this is 2yrs overdue. Also, Apple provide support for their iPhones for 2yrs (2 model cycles).
Too little, too late, I'm afraid.
I'm glad to see that have scaled back much of the software that was slowing down Android updates. They had to really otherwise they would be dead-in-the-water. Many Android fans have already written them off I'm sad to see.