Android handsets have a spotty history of getting legitimate and timely updates. This chart lays out the update timelines of popular Android handsets. In the process it presents a fascinating look at how Android phones become orphans.
Micheal DeGusta has done some in-depth research into the history of Android releases in relation to supported handsets. What he uncovered is that Android users often get the short end of the update stick. The manufacturers of various Android phones often stop releasing updates for the phone within the same year it is released. That was certainly the case with my old HTC Hero; Sprint quickly gave up on keeping the handset up to date.
Check out the chart above and make sure to hit up the link below for a detailed analysis of the chart on Micheal’s blog.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 10/27/11