Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/163958/why-do-carriers-delay-updates-for-android-but-not-iphone/
We’ve looked at the reasons why your Android phone probably isn’t getting updates before, and one of the reasons why is because each carrier must subject each update to a testing process before releasing it — if they ever release it.
This brings to my mind a typical US centric phenomenon that I have been reading about. In my country (India) we do not generally have carrier supplied phones, i.e. a vast majority of phones are off the shelf with no contract. This causes the phones to be several times more expensive than their US counterparts on the Purchase Price Parity basis. This holds back the penetration of smart phones here. As an example, the latest iPhone is $200 from AT&T(Source), whereas the only option we have, again generally speaking is shelling out INR 44775(Source) which is roughly equivalent to $800+, even on straight conversion, or the rough equivalent of $4000 on a PPP basis.
Causes me to wonder if the contract based system is really such a bad thing?
Trust me, it is...
£30 a month and £120 upfront to get an iPhone 4 (When it came out).
And all you got was 200 minutes, 2000 texts and Unlimited 3G.
You were locked in for 2 years, so you are forced to stick with it. At least on PAYG you don't worry about that.
I think that the more that you use your phone, the more contract is a viable option.
Apple may provide a frequently updated OS, but it's so restrictive that I find my iPhone unbearable unless I jailbreak it. And given the choice between a jailbroken iPhone and a locked-down Android, I'd go for the Android every time. Of course, I don't have to choose a locked-down device because the Nexus 4 is $300 without contract or carrier. Compare that to about $800 for a no-contract iPhone.
So if I want a True Unlocked Android Smart Phone with NO Contract and NO Bloat Ware and NO Proprietary iPhone features, I should buy a Nexus 4 Phone from Google ????
When is a Newer Model Nexus Phone due for release from Google ????
I want to control the phone hardware and software I buy and NOT have a third party or cell phone carrier try to do it for me.
In other words I want my cell phone to be like a computer Build.
Comments Welcome to help me in my decision.
I agree and I see that others have done the same calculation as well.
My point is that a large upfront payment may definitely make more financial sense, but is a larger psychological hurdle to cross. This is something that is holding a lot of buyers back.
On the flip side, this leads to people being flippant about chucking their barely 2 yr old device in the dump, environmental issues be damned.
Google need to change the way android work.
they need to make the update. and other/ manufacturer just need to add some software/ app.
this work with windows, and iphone. why not android ?
by doing that I believe android will be more widely used
MS doesn't control their updates, the carriers do same as with Android. Only Apple's iPhone is independent of carrier for updates.
Have had an Android for the longest time. Have loved the phone, the service, "eh". Since we're talking about updates, I'd say the problem I've had most often is... well.. updates. "Install now", "update failed". A trip to the provider to get it fixed. Yes! All the bloatware is back! My daughter has had iPhones for about the same amount of time and says the only time an update failed was when the phone died during the update. Yep, I'll probably graduate from my Razr to Galaxy S"x" this year, But there are moments of temptation.
I really hate telecom companies (cell, tv, internet, etc). They're basically greedy mafia extorting customers because we don't have other options. Some "good" company or technology needs to come along and bypass/disrupt the entire industry.
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