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Why Android users do not complain about fragmentation

Android is now rumored to release its 8th software updates to its Android operating system (Android 4.2) on October 29th 2012.

With the uptick of its latest update (Jelly bean 4.1) being low, the internets are concerned that Google is moving too fast.


The problem seems to be pointed at a common enemy in the mobile space. An enemy that has been the bane of innovation on the mobile front since Windows Mobile 5…the carriers. It’s believed, the reason carriers are not pushing out each and every Android operating system update is a very simple one. One that would not surprise even the makeup on a clown; money!

To push out an update requires man-power, bandwidth and tons of quality control investments on the carrier’s part.  Money that would be taking away from quarterly profits and therefore not a viable solution or desired solution I should say. They do however have agreements in place by and large but it isn’t a desired investment to update mobile software on devices.  Apple seems to be the only company that has it, for the most part, right when it comes to updates. The only problem with IOS updates is with consumers not being made aware of the process of updating. But Apple does get more than 60% of their users right out of the gate when a new update is released, which is impressive.

However, the general consumer buys their device because they like the initial offering. Without the updates. Also, Google updates web browsers and individual apps without the carrier. So it’s no security risk. The average consumer is already sold on the hardware and software it came with. Most will be OK with this for the next two years (+).  Some believe that all updates should be instantaneous and guaranteed on ALL devices, regardless of age, hardware or anything. The only issue being, if you update someone to IOS 6, as of now they lose Google maps. What if they are blind and like the features of Google maps from IOS 5 ? (True story actually). Or what if they are not tech savvy and like Android 2.3 and the ice cream sandwich update looks completely different. They have to learn everything all over again right?

Android is activating 1.3 million phones a day. On what day do people say “you know we may not get an update to a new version of Android ever.” and stop buying? They simply are not. Android is on a climb. The consumer has spoken the last couple of years and seems to be A-OK with the way their device is functioning as it did the day they purchased their device.

With application updates and carrier updates, most consumers of Android are just “not that into” worrying about updates to the operating system.