iPhone vs. Android phone update-ablity

iPhone vs. Android phone update-ablity

Michael Degusta from the understatement did a tremendous job putting together a breakdown on iPhone vs. Android phone device update and support history. [Click/tap on the thumbnail above to go to his site and see it in full.]

Just as LTE-support, user-changeable batteries, different form factors, etc. are legitimate points of consideration when it comes to choosing beteen iPhone 4S and the various Android phones, so is vendor support and their history of OS updates. Not just for consumers, but for developers as well.

Even if you upgrade your phone every year, it will influence your ability to repurposeold device, hand it down, or sell it.

Check out Degusta's full chart and highly detailed post via the link below.

Source: the understatement

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Huh? That makes so sense. If Android performed frequent updates then all phones should be on a fairly new version of the OS, not 2 or 3 versions behind.
In other words, while Android has frequent updates, most devices never see them.

you don't understand how upgrading a device works do you? There are HARDWARE requirements that need to be met. So not every phone can get the upgrades and that is something the consumer knows buying the phone. If android fans wanted the latest and greatest update they would get the nexus, which they do.

I know how upgrading works, I am not sure that you know how the android upgrade process works. Each manufacture is responsible for taking the lasted android update and tweaking it for their device. But they have no interest in doing that as they would rather sell a new device and upgrade an old one.
So the number of updates that Google puts out has little impact on the upgrading of manufacturers devices.

I understand how it works son. I'm a developer for ios and android. There are things called business tactics and hardware limitations. Yes there are hardware limitations. It happens. Not as many REAL ones like that. But it's a business tactic. Apple does the same exact thing. They just don't have as many phones so it's not as apparent.

Third that. Only Android device I'd buy is the Nexus line and I'm becoming sour on that thanks to Samsung's crappy hardware (former NS4G owner and I had LOTS of issues).
Maybe one day I'll consider another Nexus provided someone not Samsung produces the hardware.

So a 2 year old phone does not get the latest update and that's reason enough not to get the latest phone?
That's like me not getting an iphone 4s because of what apple failed to do to my iphone 3g.

3G iPhone is pretty old at least 3GS getting updated. Not many android phones that older can get updates the way apple does. iPhone is superior. My 4S should last me 3 years. Maybe 4. Now that's quality.

3G wasn't that old last year. That's the context of my comment. Sorry for not stating such.
Superior is relative. Glad you found what works for you.

The 3G's initial update to iOS4 virtually bricked the phone -- it was so slow it was unusable. Apple eventually ironed out most of the problems, but that "upgrade" was anything but.
My 3GS-toting friends tell me Apple did not drop the ball in that way with the iOS5 upgrade, though.

I think the chart is slanted by the fact that just because Apple releases an iOS update for a device does not mean that it has any of the major features. At the time that iOS 4 released, the iPhone 3G had just stopped selling, and it did not get any of the major features (multitasking, wallpapers, etc). The difference between Android 2.2 and 2.3 is minimal as far as the developer side is concerned, because while it added features, it did not make many changes to the way apps run.

That's pretty much why you gotta get the Nexus phones, because those are supported by Google like how Apple supports the iPhone. But the Nexus class phones suffer the same issue that they iPhone once did. It's only on certain carriers.
The first Nexus was on T-Mobile, then went to AT&T but only at the unsubsidized price, it was supposed to be on Sprint and Verizon but that never happened. Then the Nexus S came out on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint but not Verizon. Now the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Verizon only.
It's very weird on how they're handling the Nexus class phones. I thought that the iPhone was going to meet the same fate when it hit Verizon because the AT&T iPhone was getting the newer updates. But that feeling of dread when away with iOS 5

yeah its called business. Apple did the same thing if you don't remember. But yes there are hardware limitation. You obviously missed a couple android phones.

correct. There are obviously some phones that can't run the latest and greatest, but the majority of the time it's a business tactic. A tactic Apple uses as well.

wow another pixel moron. More pixels ONLY means CRAPPIER pictures than less pixels better lens, shutters, etc.
Secondly, the new nexus is written to utilize both cores. Honeycomb and Gingerbread weren't. So fail post essentially. Good work.

Really? I paid over a hundred bucks for the original iphone. It only has ios 3.1.3. Where's the support?
Bottom line if you were aware you should have warned her to get a nexus phone if she wanted the latest updates.

I don't understand at all. New phones come out all the time. There will ALWAYS be a better phone released within months. ALWAYS. It's common sense.

I don't understand at all. New phones come out all the time. There will ALWAYS be a better phone released within months. ALWAYS. It's common sense.

I don't understand at all. New phones come out all the time. There will ALWAYS be a better phone released within months. ALWAYS. It's common sense.

I don't understand at all. New phones come out all the time. There will ALWAYS be a better phone released within months. ALWAYS. It's common sense.

I don't understand at all. New phones come out all the time. There will ALWAYS be a better phone released within months. ALWAYS. It's common sense.

That's funny. My wife actually left her Gingerbread update on her phone for months. I asked her why she didn't update when I told her to she said "I did. It said Install Now or Later. I chose Later." She was being funny but serious. Months later her Evo is on Gingerbread.
Non-tech folks do not care. We do.

That's funny. My wife actually left her Gingerbread update on her phone for months. I asked her why she didn't update when I told her to she said "I did. It said Install Now or Later. I chose Later." She was being funny but serious. Months later her Evo is on Gingerbread.
Non-tech folks do not care. We do.

To be fair, Apple does the same thing. I bet everyone with a first or second gen ipod touch or an iphone 3g would love to have ios 5, oh wait THEY CAN'T!!! Apple only has the iphone, and only a few different versions of if so of course they are going to be able to keep them all updated. The more devices you have the harder it gets.
However the main difference is that Apple controls their own software updates where as the carriers control Android updates. It would be awesome if you could plug an Android phone into a computer, go to your Gmail account and it was like "Hey, Google has a new update available, click here to update now"

When did you buy the Original IPhone? Like 4 or 5 years ago!! There are Android phones that are less than a year old using droid operating systems from 3 years ago!!

another thing that your talking is about A5 processor which even apple does not make, it is manufactured by samsung, also take into consideration the 1 year old OS that is using, gingerbread, came out in 2010, and now the GS2 still pretty fast considering also bigger screen more things, like browser have to display more things, and the GS2 beat the IP4S in all browser tests, now i'm not saying that apple is a bad product, they make awesome hardware. People like you need to educate yourself, seriously get yours facts straight before commenting,

I'm confused with that chart, is it saying that the iphone, the iphone 3g and the iphone 3GS are all running the latest ios version (ios5)???

I'm glad you are a real photographer, and not a fake photographer...that would just be unfortunate. But megapixels do matter, at least in a specific range they do. Yes it would be great to have a Hasselblad with 50 megapixels, but unless I'm taking pictures for an NYC billboard, its not really necessary whatsoever. The few extra megapixels is nice to have, however, in the difference from the the Nexus to 4S in the case of blowing it up a bit to send to a friend or possibly print. 5 megapixels is very limiting no matter how good a lens is. Anyways the only phone with optics even with mentioning is the new WP Nokia Lumia.

@ballastatuz I think you need to do some more research on the browser test the 4s loses almost every time. Its funny that the iphone's browser will say its done loading a web page but if you look up at the top of the page its acctually still loading. Dont get me wrong its a great phone but the sgsII is the fastest phone on the market in real life conditions! That's why they have sold close to 30 million units.....not to mention its beautiful

@ballastatuz
Actually, the Galaxy S II outsold the iPhone 4 internationally in the same timespan. In the US, I haven't heard #'s but I doubt it be the 4s.

Here's a little proof! Im not gonna put up 50 different links anyone who has used them both side by side knows the real truth haha its funny how we're all so protective over our phones/OS. By the way benchmarks don't mean shit! They can all be faked and should be taken with very little validity as it pertains to day to day use. It should also be noted that a lot of the browser test you will see make no mention about flash and for a fair test flash should be turned off. (the last one is just funny)
http://www.youtube.com/pocketnowvideo#p/u/30/bphZoV8VrLchttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUkbUfQTKXMhttp://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/10/iphone-4s-drop-test-vs-samsung-galaxy-s2/

What the graph forgets to mention is that any iPhone upgraded to + 2 is basically useless. While effectively upgraded and displayed in green in the graph, it is rendered unusable. I remember there was a lawsuit on that when iOS4 rendered 3G phones unusable.

one should also take into account that i-os releases or updates weren't really major at all. they would update from i-os1 to 2 by adding multi-media messaging.. that's not really major.. i-phones have the best hardware over all hands down.. but the software, as cleanly put together as it is, has always lacked in cutting edge functionality.. and is only recently starting to catch up to the capabilities of the android software.. so while this study is cute.. the freedom of android will always win for me.. the people that complain about not receiving an update for an android phone really aren't worthy of owning one, as they have no clue what it means to have android device.. (xda-dev baby!!!!).. so those brain dead people should probably join the mindless masses and cop the new i-phone... one of the amazing things about android is the multitude of phones that the software is available for.. and that it can be modified to run on just about anything.. winner winner in my book.. mindless drones by i-phones...

one should also take into account that i-os releases or updates weren't really major at all. they would update from i-os1 to 2 by adding multi-media messaging.. that's not really major.. i-phones have the best hardware over all hands down.. but the software, as cleanly put together as it is, has always lacked in cutting edge functionality.. and is only recently starting to catch up to the capabilities of the android software.. so while this study is cute.. the freedom of android will always win for me.. the people that complain about not receiving an update for an android phone really aren't worthy of owning one, as they have no clue what it means to have android device.. (xda-dev baby!!!!).. so those brain dead people should probably join the mindless masses and cop the new i-phone... one of the amazing things about android is the multitude of phones that the software is available for.. and that it can be modified to run on just about anything.. winner winner in my book.. mindless drones by i-phones...

The Gingerbread update on the EVO was full of bugs. I will come back to this discussion after the first OS update for the iPhone 4S. So far, so good. Takes Android Carriers forever to update phones and some don't get them.
And yes, if I was buying an Android phone, it would be a Nexus. How long before Google's Motorola unit is the one making all of the Nexus phones? Makes sense. keep it all in house. The Nexus phones already have the advantage over all the other Android phones in getting the latest OS and latest updates before the others. That and none of the ridiculous UI overlays, makes for a better Android user experience, if you must have Android.

Google had the chance to upstage the iPhone 2 years ago when the first Nexus came out. They had the chance to sell something themselves exclusively and make it for all the carriers. I remember being super excited and looking forward to getting one that would run on Verizon. Instead, they screwed me and everyone else over and decided not to do it. Instead Verizon got the POS Incredible, which was anything but. Lame ass move on Google's behalf and ever since then, I've not once looked forward to an Android phone. Now that the iPhone is cross-carrier with even the super small fish carriers picking it up as well, you can bet more people will keep buying them. With the introduction of iMessage, the more people buy them, the more they'll be able to save by getting rid of their expensive text messaging plans if they want to. Basically, it's like having a BB with BBM but without the BS of RIM's NOC to keep the stranglehold on you with their outages and their POS hardware/software platform.
Let me put it another way. If Google's Android tablets can't steal the market from the iPad, their phones won't do much more. Sure, there's always an influx of new users who buy into the new Android gimmicks, but because developers write everything first for iOS, those looking for certain app needs will eventually move to iOS. When that happens and they begin to invest into the app base, especially if they've already cross-polinated it into the iPad tablet side of things, they'll see having to pay for similar apps again just to have an Android phone as a loss to their pocketbook. Why pay twice when you already have a cross-device app you've already bought. Futhermore, enterprise admins are more likely to certify an iPhone for use nowadays instead of an Android device anyway. Less crap to deal with and easier control with something like Good and even the simpler iPhone Config Utilities.
To date I still have yet to hear an Android user say anything beside "Well, my phone has Flash..." Yeepy... how's your battery? They all complain about that part on Android.

I never said the battery sucks just because of Flash... it might have been written right after the Flash part, but it's not just because of that. Bottom line, battery support sucks on Android right now. The hardware and software just sucks it down very quickly. As an example, last night I had used my iPhone4 for 5:40 minutes, it was in standby for 16:xx hours and I still had 20% left on it. That's much better battery life than I've seen on Android devices.

You may think Android is not innovative and just full of gimmicks but look at their ios 5 compared to Android. Apple is following Google's footsteps. Sure the iPhone 4s has customizable vibrations and siri but are those not gimmicks as well?
Also I don't know if you noticed but the oems of Android such as Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, Dell, etc have products that they can conjoin with Android so device connectedness is going to be rolling with Android as well. And not to mention the Android tablets are taking more market share as they go.

By having a bunch of manufacturers with different hardware and most importantly, different interrations of the OS, Android is causing its own problems. Like I said in another story's post, you cannot pick up two Android devices and expect them to have the same config behavior because of the really bad OS equality. At least with iOS, you know everything will work the same and from an administrative aspect, you can expect it to for the idiot users as well.
Just a few months ago, Verizon released an Original Droid OS patch that broke ActiveSync to an Exchange server. It took them a couple of months to fix it. Meanwhile, several users with the handset that blindly updated were left without email in the field. They were in turn expecting me to fix their crap... no skin off my nose... go buy a more controlled handset or prepare to do your own research on what OS updates you should or shouldn't apply for the myriad of Android handsets out there. The only other company that's worse in OS support and update processing is RIM.

I've used and tested dozens of android devices and the interface differs only when it comes to themes between manufacturers. You always swipe down from the top to get to the notification bar, home button always takes you home, settings options are always the same etc etc..I think your opinion about android differing manufacturer to manufacturer is a load of crap. Please provide examples.

I stopped paying attention when you said Google screwed Verizon out of the N1 and 'got' the Incredible instead. You do know that carriers choose what phones to sell on their networks?
Also, this last sentence of yours about flash affecting battery life is a load of shit. I use flash every now and again and it has zero effect on my battery whatsoever. See, the cool thing I can do with it is set it to ON DEMAND so the browser loads flash only when I tell it to. Did I mention my browser is also html5-compliant like yours?

I'd actually call it 1.5 updates seeing as iOS 4 was severely limited, considering multitasking [and a few others: Game Center, wallpaper, AirPlay, etc] wasn't present and the performance was horrendous for 3 months until 4.1 released.
Getting the update is great but the 3G was on crutches. So..."work perfectly" isn't exactly true. :)
Cool on your family enjoying their 3Gs phones. They are good devices.

I like how the maker of this chose some of the low end phones to place in this info graphic. Yeah let's not use the big boys that were released during these times. Biased much?

Iphone 4 took what close to a year & a half for a major update?.....When you pay 100+ for a phone you should be able to make a call without dropping said call and your support should be more than "hold it this way".

@hittrj01
hardly... i-phone will always sell.. and the comparison between i-phones and android phones really makes no sense overall.. as there is a single line/manufacturer of i-os devices and countless lines/manufacturers of android devices..
os to os there really is no comparison.. android all day..
but for the masses of mindless i-followers, i can understand the attraction.. "i don't want to have to think, i just wanna use my phone...".. i totally understand that... i know plenty of these folks.. doesn't mean that i'd like to conform to that train of thought..
but whatever works for you..

@hittrj01
hardly... i-phone will always sell.. and the comparison between i-phones and android phones really makes no sense overall.. as there is a single line/manufacturer of i-os devices and countless lines/manufacturers of android devices..
os to os there really is no comparison.. android all day..
but for the masses of mindless i-followers, i can understand the attraction.. "i don't want to have to think, i just wanna use my phone...".. i totally understand that... i know plenty of these folks.. doesn't mean that i'd like to conform to that train of thought..
but whatever works for you..

So you think they load up the software the day before they ship? No, it takes months to finalize the complete package, thus why some phones are launched with months-old versions.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Thats what made Apple special. I had owned a Sony Ericsson x10 , couple of samsung devices and im PISSED on those upgrading thingy. Also i'm kinda regret or wasting my money on these devices. The latest firmware is already out there, the phone's hardware is compatible but yet they don't allow us to upgrade. Have to wait for ages and centuries for the official launching, pissed off