More disappointment for non-technical customers hoping to see long term support
for their still-fresh “flagship” Android phones. Vlad Savov at The Verge
writes about Samsung’s decision:
…Samsung’s choice not to upgrade this phone to Ice Cream Sandwich is
simply unacceptable. As an owner of a Galaxy S, I would feel betrayed. As a
technology journalist, I am appalled.
It sees production and R&D costs in one column and it tries to balance them
against sales revenue in the other, never raising its gaze to the long-term
consideration of whether anyone would come back for a repeat purchase.
I’ve been asked many times when I would starting building software for Android.
As a technical platform, it fascinates me, and I’m always on the lookout to
learn something new. But as a consumer electronics platform, it still stinks.
Google, who dominates on the web, pushes Android out as fast as it can for fear
of losing its window into our querying minds. Samsung is looking for a cheap
and customizable software component to set-and-forget in it’s hardware. This
leaves Android, as a philosophy, burdened with a schizophenic caretaker on the
one hand and a race to the bottom on the other.
The customer is caught in the middle.