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Rebuttal: Maybe Android Manufacturers Don’t Need to Slow Down [Opinion]

After yesterday’s piece by Ron on the idea that Android manufacturers need to slow down, we had another reader step up and put together a well-thought-out rebuttal. As a site that prides itself on having the greatest group of Android enthusiasts in the world, this is the type of stuff that solidifies that claim. Who else sees discussions turn into featured posts by readers? Let’s take a look at what Skipper K. has to say.

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Is Android coming at us too fast and too hard? Are we really better off with fewer handsets?

It’s been argued that Android manufacturers need to slow it way down. We’re inundated with new devices; it seems like every week there’s a shiny, brand-spankin-new model with iterative, minuscule feature updates. Even within the same make and model lineup one can get lost or left behind seemingly in an instant. Just look at your and my favourite device of all time: the OG Droid (don’t argue; it’s your favourite).

Ah, the OG. It’s been called the Droid, Droid 1, OG Droid, Sean Connery Droid, and Battlestar Galactica (OK, maybe I’m the only one who’s called it that). A ground breaking device in it’s day, it began to feel a little dated when the Droid X was released a scant 9 months later. And then the Droid 2 a month after that…and the Droid Pro the same month. Then the Droid 3, X2, Bionic, and now the RAZR. What’s next, the Droid X3.5 Halloween followed by the Droid X3.6 Thanksgiving Slide?  

We hear the same story from HTC, Samsung, LG; heck, even Sony Ericsson! Take them all together, and it feels like there’s a new device hitting daily. The phone you pre-ordered today is obsolete the day before it ships!

Slow down and take a breath there, turbo. What we need is a big heaping dose of perspective. Whereas this situation is fairly annoying to gadget bloggers who have to write about every device release imaginable and gadget enthusiasts who can’t seem to keep a single device for even half of their contract period (guilty), these two demographics are far from the targeted consumer. With the heroic rise in Android adoption over the past few years, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Google, Moto, HTC, Sammy, and the rest of the gang have to be doing something right.

We, and the public at large, love Android for two major reasons: choice and openness. Openness doesn’t really play into the hardware refresh rate, so we’ll focus on choice. Want a 4G device? Long battery life? Killer screen? Slider QWERTY? Pico projector? 3D (all five of you)? Large screen? Small screen? Gaming? Rugged design? Business? Droid Does. Rather, Android does. All of it.

Not only will the dizzying pace of hardware development accommodate any taste or style, but it accommodates one other personalised factor: contract expiration. Unlike some companies with fruit logos and an outdated, child-like user interface (which shall remain nameless, like Voldemort), Android isn’t tied to a single hardware refresh per year. Combining this with the breakneck release fury of the manufacturers, this means that you can always be assured of having the option to purchase the latest and greatest handset within weeks of your renewal date. No paying for last year’s hardware with this year’s prices. If you want the best, you got it. Want to save some cash and still whip out a slate that makes applesauce out of the competition? There are plenty of slightly dusty but more than capable devices for that, too.

I can’t really see the downside. If it were a case of quality being sacrificed for quantity, there might be a point; but it’s not. Take, for instance, the Motorola Atrix. A knock-down, drag-out device of awesome when it was released (I won’t mention Blur), but a mere 8 months later and there’s already an upgrade: the Atrix 2 (I won’t mention the SGSII). It’s easy to look at this and cry foul at Moto; quantity over quality! But this begs the question: where’s the quality gap? The Atrix was a phenomenal device, and the Atrix 2 is even moreso. The Atrix 2 is hardly more than an iterative upgrade, to be sure, but it’s still an upgrade.

My point is this: releasing multiple hardware devices year round is nothing but good for the market. Smartphone growth is still soaring, and the market has yet to be saturated. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t we want to see an army of our favourite little green bots assaulting Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cricket stores every single month? More handsets means more developers and better apps, and the average consumer won’t care that the Droid Bionic they purchased isn’t as snazzy as the Droid RAZR, or that their Droid X might not get a timely update to IceCreamSandwich. We, the Geek Elite, are the only ones who bother about such things; and we should be happy to have so many devices over which to drool and lust!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have a Droid Life problem. I’m mashing refresh on Droid Life and Android Life all day waiting for some sort of news. Why should I complain when my proverbial cup runneth over?

Android isn’t like those other guys. They have their success plans, and we have ours. The last thing any of us want is for our beloved Android to morph into some hideous iVoldemort, and trying to artificially direct the organic flow of handset development will do just that. Choice is the beauty of Android, and manufacturers choose to develop a slue of handsets year round because, well, that’s what the market wants. Haven’t we had enough of companies dictating to the market what it should do? I, for one, am refreshed to see an ecosystem where it works the other way round.

I can almost see the comments now: But, but, locked bootloaders! Low end devices! Blur! No updates! Spare me. You and I both know that the general market doesn’t care about such things. To them, Ecalir, Gingerbread, and IceCreamSandwich are things that add fat to your
thighs and smiles to your faces. And for those of us who do care about Vanilla Android, OS updates, and the latest features?

‘Nuff said.

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  • Anonymous

    My biggest issue with the relentless growth of android is that the software is evolving at such a rapid pace, that the hardware just can’t keep up.  This is especially true of non-vanilla Android devices that have lots of UI overlays.  Just look at the original Droid and Nexus ones.  not quite 2 years old and already museum pieces because they can’t really handle the demands of the underlying software without hanging up.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE android fan and love the software.  I just wish that the hardware wold do a better job of keeping up with it.  For me the best policy when buying android is to buy vanilla android devices and the highest hardware specs I can find.  Usually this means a nexus or a high end device that gets rooted to run vanilla android or some other relatively light variant (cyanogen?).  I know that for 4.0 I’m doing a Galaxy Nexus for the very reasons mentioned above.

  • Anonymous

    If you want to be restricted to one phone a year and be guaranteed timely updates, there’s simple solution; buy a Nexus device. With a Nexus device, you’re pretty much guaranteed 2 years of updates just like the iPhone and there’s only one completely new Nexus phone about once a year. You may not get all the features you want, but you don’t with an iPhone either. Android is about choice, and in this instance its a choice between guaranteed timely updates or the latest greatest features on the carrier of your choice.

  • Xboxkid

    “SPARE ME!” -White Goodman(Dodgeball)

  • Anonymous

    Err, its call PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE: “The deliberate withholding of efficiency so that a product breaks down relatively fast in relationship to maintaining its consumption cycle.” 

    In the past, it was called VALUE ENGINEERING. Back in its hay day, manufacturers boasted how they could purposely make fallible products forcing consumers to ever-continue to  buy more and more CHEAP goods.

    The end-of-contract agreement is moot and bleak when stacked against planned obsolescence. Not everyone upgrades at the end of the contract, instead phones are manufactured to NOT LAST BEYOND 24 MONTHS, forcing you, the consumer, to go out and buy your next piece of 2yr-live cycle crap. If phones were made to last longer than 20-24 months, then you could clearly see that producing phones to accommodate consumers reaching their of year contract is not based on consumer’s choice, but on manufacturer’s trying to maintain YOUR CONSUMPTION cycle which helps their bottom line So who’s the real Droid?

    I just wish we would stop usurping all of the earth’s natural resources, because at this production rate, we all know that not all inventories are depleted in tandem with consumption, which leads to waste!

    ‘Nuff said… 

  • Rich

    Here is a downside… Not only are phones coming out to quick, they are not coming with the software or hardware advertised to it… This is a big problem… Next we have the updating issue… Where as HTC said ” Only new released phones get the newest update; Period”… I consider this a BIG flaw and a problem more than the phone coming or not coming with the intended software at release… Thirdly and finally the main reason why I disagree is the pricing… When you go get a new phone, and then the price drops a week later, who would be pissed they paid an extra 100 smackers? But congruently the prices of phones are on the rise, look at the razor, its is 700 without a contract, so would this mean that it would go for 299.99 for a 2yr contract or would this mean it would be 400 to 450 smackers with a 2yr?

    Then you also have to mention, that just because you get some sweet features on a phone, you better bet that all the carriers are looking for ways to tax that new feature so there lies a problem…

  • gwprcd c

    1 phone per year is iVoldemort idea. And if these people think Android is moving too fast, why didn’t they make noise about the rate the laptop/PC is churned out with Win 7 (or WinXP before this)? 

  • They’ll keep churning out shiny new hand held objects
    while the masses keep getting suckered into new toys.

  • The real issues lies with the carriers as it is the manufacturers job to sell as many handsets as possible. We do not buy phones from htc, motorola or samsung, we buy from Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and TMO. It is the the carriers that are demanding all these phones and all the iterations that are flooding the market. I’m all for the latest technology but cases like LG saying it wont upgrade the LG2x to ICS is just unacceptable.
    At the end of the day the market will decide….

  • Anonymous

    I think Intel has a chance to do something unique when they truly enter the Android market. Intel needs to, as a chip manufacturer, require phone manufacturers to run stock Android on Intel processors. The reason behind this is that Intel could provide a consistent user experience across all Intel Android devices as well as produce more timely updates for Intel devices.

    Handset manufacturers are going to want to continue to skin their devices to differentiate them. Chip manufacturers on the other hand, don’t have the same desires. Chip manufacturers want people to know that their chips perform well and give consumers a reason to buy devices powered by their chips over another. Therefore, I think the issue of stock Android lies squarely with chip manufacturers and who better to carry the torch than Intel? For other chip manufacturers, changing their policy now may be suicide. Intel has nothing to lose. Phone manufacturers would probably resist, but if Intel can get enough quality devices into the market rocking vanilla Android and there’s enough interest generated, I think manufacturers will lower their guard. I think chip manufacturers need to drive the phone manufacturers to provide timely updates to existing products.

  • Anonymous

    Android partners needs to slow down, be more collaborative, or Google needs to assert more control … right now, your best choices are to pay $600 for a phone with the latest hardware but old software (Razr), or a phone with the latest software but old hardware (Galaxy Nexus). The last hope is that the HTC Vigor (ReZound) has ICS so maybe you get the latest hardware and software … IMHO

    I don’t care if my flagship phone becomes obsolete in a month … It would be nice though, if it was a flagship phone, for at least a month.

  • Larson

    I don’t really care if my phone get’s replaced by the next best thing a couple months later if I get timely updates. If companies release less phones and I get updates quicker then I’d prefer that. I get a new phone every 1 or so years anyway.

    With the crappy update process of all non-Nexus Android phones and now that the Nexus is on Verizon, when I upgrade I’ll only consider the current Nexus or the current iPhone. I don’t have the desire to waste time with reading forums, rooting, flashing radios/ROMs and setting up my phone over and over.

    • HDL

      Me too. I’d rather not waste time fixing manufacturer’s and carrier’s “features” and bugs. That’s work I’m not getting paid for. I too, will be only looking at Nexus devices from now on. I’ll probably look at the iPhone or even a Windows phone when I upgrade since I’m not a blind fanboy.

      • You might want to look at the iPhone forums because ios 5 has a lot of problems too

    • Plinko

      Too bad even Google stops supporting their phones (Nexus One) earlier than the fruit company. Windows phones are still TBD but they seem to be on track to having a better update proccess.

      • KeyboardFan

        non-existent long term support was really putting me off android. good thing the nexus is on verizon now but i would really like a slider version though.

        • Jason

          Keyboard shortcuts FTW!

          • KeyboardFan

            Exactly.

        • Jon

          With a phone that big’ i gotta think the huge on screen keyboard will be a breeze to type on.

  • Alex

    This is why im excited for the Galaxy Nexus. No stupid skin to delay updates, apps are developed on the unstained android OS first and no crap I dont use running in the background.

    I upgrade once a year but if this nexus works and doesnt have all the problems my other android phones have, im going to be Nexus for life. No upgrade till the next huge nexus update. Im looking forward to it.

  • Anonymous

    Well done, Skipper! It was love at first sight for me and my OG, or as I called it, my little “Droidy”, almost 2 years ago now. I still have it and just can’t let it go, but I got me a wonderful yet dated, I know, Certified Like New Fascinate for almost nothing and added a 3500 mAh battery. I love the Super AMOLED screen and get from 12-15 hours now on the one charge. Got a 2-year contract coming up, so I’m enjoying seeing lots of choices emerge as I look forward getting a brand new Android that will give me more up to date yummy dessert goodies!

  • Bharath Ramesh

    Android needs to slow down. There are like a plethora of android devices to choose from, its always great to have choices. This is probably what is causing the downfall of android. Google themselves have dropped support for the Nexus one. Most android devices come out with atleast being one version behind the latest android version. Not all manufacturers update the devices in time. The hardware might be cutting edge but the OS which is needed to take advantage is always behind the curve. This article clearly sheds light on this plight http://theunderstatement.com/post/11982112928/android-orphans-visualizing-a-sad-history-of-support

    • Causing the downfall of android? What planet are you on

      • Bharath Ramesh

        If the current trend of android phone continue where most phones are outdated even as they are released and manufacturers dont bother to update them or are out of support for firmware upgrades in less than a year people will start migrating away from android.

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  • Anonymous

    The fact you say no updates like it is a minuscule thing makes me shake my head. The only problem I have with Android’s pace is the lack of update speed/consistency. The Galaxy S lineup in the U.S. that is barely a year old (if that) is not getting ICS. Hell, we’ve pretty much stopped hearing about Gingerbread for them. That ks completely unacceptable.

    This isn’t affecting Android’s sales and reputation now but it is only a matter of time especially if this continues or gets worse. Two years of updates (or at least one) is not too much to ask.

  • A3TDI

    Good points.   I’d add that Android has fundamentally changed the carriers.  They were ossified pipe-and-switch layers pushing closed feature phones and are transitioning into “internet companies”, concerned about supporting mobile devices in a much broader market. I’d argue that the ‘trouble with android’ is the growing pain of the carriers.   

    iPhone didn’t have this issue because Apple took responsibility for its product with the end customer, making it, essentially, as super feature-phone managed by the manufacturer (because the carriers couldn’t handle the job).  Apple stuck a band-aid on the problem (while “owning” the customer); Google left it to the carriers to grow up (and retain the customer), even if it is all wet and wild.

  • Anonymous

    choice is great. Now supposing they didn’t intend for us to throw away these $600 devices every two years … better build quality? Replaceable parts? Upgradeable SoCs? What if the industry worked for the consumer and not meeting quarterlies … could these companies live with that? 

  • Jeff

    no, no and no. this is stupid. this blog posts the total opposite of this opinion just a day ago. how can anyone say the market is not saturated with android devices?!?! seriously? motorola is JUST released the bionic. the bionic was supposed to be the mega 4g verizon phone. now they are getting ready to release the razr and dropping the price on the bionic. basically telling the device market that the bionic is OK, but it’s nothing compared to their new and shiny phone.

    then there are the 20 different galaxy variations on different carriers. then we have our friends at htc who seem to release the latest and greatest android phone every three months. it’s RIDICULOUS! it does nothing for the platform they all release the relatively similar devices with the same crappy skins which make the OS more sluggish and less appealing. i get the point of differing yourself from the competition but at this point, the OS is better without your crappy tweaks. and the fact the these companies release new phones every three months is just counter productive to the brand of android. there is no REAL INNOVATION. nfc is here. 4g is here. dual core is here. if you want to innovate, make a battery that lasts for more than four hours on 4g. don’t just come out with some stupid phone with a charm that lights up in a woman’s purse. that is NOT innovation! it’s stupid. it’s a waste of people’s time. 

    i will say that apple’s model of one phone per year is really lousy. their lack of innovation is what made me choose android in the first place. but at least they don’t compete with their own brand. they know enough to make a good phone and market the hell out of it. they would never make a phone and then three months later make another one slightly better and focus only on that phone. and that is essentially what htc and motorola does. even though samsung makes different variations of their galaxy line, at least they have enough sense to make one per carrier. these other phone manufacturers are just hurting the android name and hopefully in the end they will stop their bullshit and learn that people want good products and not just similar products with slightly tweaked specs every three months. 

    • Wmsco51

      Agreed

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  • dshizzel

    Nice commentary — I went with OG for me and my wife back in the day — then she soaked hers with a spilled bottle of water in her purse, and (no insurance) I replaced it with a D2 (switched my OG for hers). Now, I’m doing not-too-bad with the D2, but I’ve just pre-ordered the DRZ for the both of us and can’t wait.  I feel like I’ve waited a long dang time and I deserve the upgrade.  Oh, yeah — in ’07 we were early adopters of the iPhone (from which we switched to the OG Droid).  I’m down with being able to load ROMs, but lately — well, I’m ok with stock blur to tell the truth. I still load CM7++ to our Nook colors, but I don’t really want to hassle that sh*t on our phones, can you dig it?

    Dshizzel

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  • SenseiScott

    Very well written.

  • Mike Majewski

    Really don’t have a problem with the number of handsets…as long as the manufacturer continues to support them and update them.

    Otherwise if you buy a phone that never takes off, you’ll be stranded without updates.

  • Jeremy

    mashing refresh? Time to subscribe to the test feed in google reader. You’ll never look back.

  • wow reading these articles and the comments clearly prove that none of you understand that no matter how many android devices are being activated there is issue with retention and churn from android to apple once a contract upgrade is up..the problem is we really havent really reached that point yet. the OG droid is 2 years old in Nov and most people dont upgrade their phones every 3 months like the rest of us who read droid life. most people stick with their phones for the WHOLE 2 years. I HATE APPLE and i will never buy an iphone but you are nieve to think that many android owners on sprint and vzw aren’t thinking of switching to iphones when their contracts come up in the next 6months… we are a small minority. i stick with android because i have been smart with the type of phones I buy, phones that are easily rooted and have their bootloaders unlocked because if i couldnt get stock android or CM on it i wouldnt buy it and that is because i want a consistent experience that sense or blur doesnt give.. btw quality is being sacrificed for quantity. What moto needs to do is focus on the droid, droid x, droid pro, and droid (something else) line of phones. they can refresh each phone twice a year… that is 8 phones a year and more than enough. with the first refresh being major and the 2nd being incremental. the 2nd phone should essentially run the same software/firmware so upgrade droid X1 and droidX1.5 to the same OS is a piece of cake making upgrades more manageable. finally it establishes brand recognition. wtf are all these different names for each new phone and why do some phones have redic long names like the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G which is the same phone as the SGSII. are you f-ing kidding me? brand confusion will come to bite them in the ass.

    • It goes both ways people leave iPhone for android all the time too

  • Michael

    I am most likely in the same boat as everyone else but I just wanted to say that having all these choices makes me wild. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Nexus is finally coming to Verizon, I would have went crazy having to choose between the Rezound and the Razr. I also love the openness of Android. Two years ago, when I first bought the OG, I had two friends, both with rooted G1’s, telling me to root my droid. I was just like what the h*ll is rooting. Then I researched around Android Forums (I didnt know about Droid Life at the time) and I found all these great roms like Ultimate and Cyanogenmod and Liquid. 
    I found out about all the cool things I can do to my phone and it was a sensational feeling. Before then, I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about hacking or android period because lets face it, what average consumer knew about android. But anyways, I just wanted to say that having the choice of whatever kind of phone you want on this platform is a god send. But for any new user that actually wants to root, they MUST get a Nexus so they can enjoy the FULL potential of android. Goodnight.

  • Kakashiisagod

    Good stuff. I see where your coming from. What im talking about is devaluing the android brand. I have a friend that bought an LG adroit device, with a 600mhzkeyboard processor because she saw how cool google maps navigation was. Problem is that phone has not to my knowledge been updated to froyo. I defiantly see things differently about the average consumer after your post though. the fruit who must not be named made me lol.

  • Pish Posh

    Well said Skipper K, love the line “Why should I complain when my proverbial cup runneth over” job well done. I must say I am loving the well-thought-out rebuttal feature post by readers and though I may not always agree with Ron’s opinion articles they are always a good read. 

    Droid Life you’re the best <3

    • I agree. You really don’t see this kind of thing anywhere else. It’s pretty awesome. I love the back and forth (though the comments sometimes get a little too intense). I appreciate your balanced response, though. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Just give me the Galaxy Nexus already!  I saw it may be delayed until the 17th due to Verizon “not wanting to release so many phones at once” aka, buy these bloated phones first if you can’t wait.

  • Face it, we’re all Google’s beta testers.

  • “But, but, locked bootloaders! Low end devices! Blur! No updates! Spare me. You and I both know that the general market doesn’t care about such things.”

    WRONG. When people think they have the same phone as me but think otherwise because of a custom UIskin they think they’re phone is ‘different’.

    Not even Windows had this problem.

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  • Kinchas

    Been saying this for 2 years……keep em coming hot and heavy Android……

  • Absolutely stunningly well written, and a very convincing counterargument to the post from yesterday. Well done good sir. *golf clap*

  • Anonymous

    A read wrote all of that?!….. bravo sir well done you hit the nail right on the head with a sludge hammer

  • Djstar2k2

    nice

  • I’m sick of people whining about lack of support for their precious devices. Android wasn’t made for you, it was made for geeks. If your Grandmother has issues buy her an iPhone – and yourself one too.

    Do your homework and read DROID-LIFE’S review of a phone before buying it. We live in a capital society and that’s going to change so deal with it. 

    • Kierra

      -_-

  • Melkor849

    “iVoldemort”
    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Listen here people. Google doesn’t give a shit about me, you or anyone else. The more Android phones = the more mobile searches = growth in revenue = higher stock price.

    Wake up. 

    • Biggs

      OK an the fruity side does???  What is your point everyone is out for the benjamins    they are not doing it for S*its an giggles

      • Apple’s worse, I never said they weren’t greedy. But they’re more consistent in their approach and support customers way better than ANY Android carrier or OEM. 

    • Bionic

      How naive you are.  

      • Naive how? Do you think they care how shitty Moto phones are? Nope. They want market share, they want more mobile searches, they want more revenue. So of course they’re telling OEMs to put the petal to the metal.

        I’M not the naive one. Those who bitch about them nonstop are.

  • Yeah it’s great to take the “Windows” of mobile strategy…or is it? Do we want Android to become the Windows of the mobile world?

    I certainly don’t.

    • Anonymous

      Then maybe you should get an iphone.

      • No. Missed my point. Read slower next time. 

        • Anonymous

          I read what you wrote just fine, it certainly sounds like you want android to follow in the footsteps of Apple’s idealist closed nature.  Windows can be installed on any device, so can android, that’s one of the major reasons android has grown as fast and as much as it has, because it’s not restricted to a certain number of devices or manufacturers.

  • Okay, don’t slow down – but don’t forget about your current customers who need upgrades.

    Whatever happened to that 18 month guarantee Google talked about at Google IO in May??

    • Anonymous

      I agree about the 18 month thing. HTC for example, part of the “open handset alliance”. It took them 7 months to put gingerbread on the thunderbolt! It should have launched with gingerbread to begin with! I blame the number of handsets they are developing updates for. Not to mention their releases are getting buggier. They’re not the only ones either, moto has been releasing some buggy shit too! And don’t even get me started on kernel source!

      This article says that it’s only us tech geeks that care about updates, but that’s not entirely accurate. I remember some ppl waiting for OTA’s to fix their exchange mail issues. Also, with buggier releases and less frequent updates, that could really turn some of the “less geeky” away from Android.

      There is certainly a problem with the number of devices. They need to find a happy medium. I would rather have fewer quality devices with better support, and I don’t mean for me (I’m rooted and rommed) I mean for my wife, and in laws who don’t want to do all that, or let me for them 😉

      • Us geeks only care about updates if it gives something shinier.

        Non-geeks care about updates when they’re phone is riddled with bugs that don’t get addressed for months (or ever).

        • Anonymous

          Well put…

  • fresh

    choice isn’t the problem, its support. These manufactures need to slow down and focus on supporting and promoting one device at a time. Look at the bionic, razr, atrix, they all have separate lap top docks, different accessories, different cases etc. 

    When i buy a flagship device, I hope my device is to be supported ASAP, n00bs this means as soon as possible. Motorola has updated their devices, but they took they’re sweet time with it. You know why, because they have half a dozen phones to get through. 

    Also, third parties that fabricate accessories may opt out of certain phones after the next month when a new phone arrives. Apple got something right with pushing ONE phone a year. Look at all the third party support it gets. 

    I do like choice, but I don’t want my choice thrown away as the manufacturer decides to promote the newest thing. 

  • It is creating an environment for burnout, this article lacks the view of the future of android, look at ICS, it’s not only about getting it out, it’s now about the experience, it’s time we the manufacturers use the momentum android has to push quality devices and experiences, not just push out device because they can an people would buy it, differentiate against your own models not these silly updates where the only difference is a larger battery and a processor speed bump from 1.2 to 1.5GHz hardware wise, or the a change in the build material and marginal internal updates……

  • Sp4rxx

    agree times infinity!!!

  • Sp4rxx

    – I think he meant “updates” by way of ICS to older hardware like the OG or X – not patches or fixes to the current OS.
    – agreed that companies release products that have the potential to be bad, BUT nowadays most of those same companies offer a replacement or refund policy to change your hardware if you are not satisfied – hence the choices in hardware so the user can choose something different

  • Anonymous

    First off, this is a nice article and really shaped my view, but I feel like there are some major points left out.

    The general market does care about their phone working properly ALL the time. What is the #1 compliment about that fruit company? Smoothness. It just works.
    I love the idea of new phones coming out all the time. Except you forgot to mention that companies push out products before they are ready in order to beat another manufacturer to the starting line. What ends up happening is a phone comes out with bugs. The Geek Elite (like myself) have no problem because we can slap on a new ROM made by an awesome developer and be done with it. However, the average consumer can’t. So they get stuck with some crappy flaw that they can’t rid of. This flaw is usually not fixed in a timely manner. That is because a timely manner is NOW for the average consumer. You shouldn’t have released a phone that does not work.

    All this leads to people pointing fingers to Android about fragmentation and creates the bad rep. If manufacturers would slow down and make the product lines smaller they could allocate more people to testing and fixing bugs in a timely manner. (Maybe Moto could hire some more Blur employees to actually make it useful). This would overall make happy consumers and phones would still be refreshing at a very fast rate.

  • Mudleyblind

    Very nice. Absolutely right that I keep refreshing Droid Life every few minutes just to see something exciting, even though can’t upgrade or exchange for 20 long months. As Carlos nicely said, service providers should consider early upgrades and reduce the cost of the phones. I spoke with Verizon customer service but didn’t really sound like they are planning to help. Have to reach higher management in the Customer service.
    Hey, But comeon, I had OG for 2 weeks when it came out, it’s a complete no use phone; heats up crazily, basic UI, don’t even forget about the fact that Android isn’t as polished as Apple UI, etc. But Droid Inc stole my heart. Till date, that phone is the best in comparison to any Android device till date, especially after Gingerbread. No other phone even received Gingerbread other than Nexus till recent times. 
    Google revolutionized the entire concept with Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus. I am always gonna be with Android, No questions about it.

    • ive had a ivoldemort once and loved the UI but its too locked up for me even after i jailbroke it. i guess i love the desktop feel of android where its absolutely my phone. android reminds me of osx.no restrictions. u can do absolutely what you want when you want and how you want. the thing i hate the most about the iGross devices is that and its inability to stay ahead of the curb. now that i got that out my chest let me get to replying to your post.

      i understand your point o view with the OG i had a HTC dream and i know how u feel. that was just garbo stacked on garbo. but i believe you would have been happier with the X than you were with the Inc simply because its that much better. might not look better but its still a better phone (and the first to get gingerbread on verizon) plus the Inc battery life sucks. 

      also ever since the charge came out ive been trying to go 4g since i got my X 3 months prior to the tbolt release. verizon does not do early upgrades at all. ive spoken to everyone and they all tell me the date 9-11-2012 which pisses me off especially coming from tmobile that offered me early upgrades with a contract extension. idk verizon should really take that under there wing it helps there sales, activations, and income. just in my opinion.

      • Android reminds you of OS X because of no restrictions? Dude WTF are you smoking?

        • i can download anything i want on OSX when it comes to programs. i dont worry about virus’ as i would on a windows computer and i can load any operating system on it and it will run smooth. thats what i mean by  it reminds me of OSX. basically no hands and i can easly upgrade it just by downloading the software buring in onto a disk and run it on the system. pirate bay is your best friend when youve got a OSX laptop. 

          • I have bad news for you – OS X is just as easy to susceptible to malware as Windows. And as far as I can tell you can’t customize OS X like you can Android. I know, I have a Mac too. 

            Stay away from pirate bay. 

          • never had that problem so i dont worry about it. maybe you do but i dont. but this is an Droid forum u wanna talk OSX see me at some other site.

          • Anonymous

            He’s just responding to the comment regarding osx that you left, don’t get your panties in a bunch & dismiss what he’s saying just bc your wrong & he called you out on it…..have the discussion dude, don’t b!tch out

          • not bitchin out just ending the convo about OSX. take your defensive crap somewhere else bruh

  • Daggy1985

    Bravo! Thanks droid-life loving the open spirit of these opinion articles! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    It could do without the petty fanboy garbage but then again this site is a bastion of fanboyism, from the top down. 

  •  the fact that its a great marketing tool is true. upgrades every month is amazing but for the 10% of tech junkies out there especially if we are on a budget its hard enough to pay the 115$ a month for the verizon bill and thats at a minimum with unlimited text and web. all im saying is if the manufacturers are going to pump out more phones during the year and the Service Provider is going to take them atleast open up upgrades for all dont limit us to a long term wait. NOT EVEN TMOBILE DOES THAT VERIZON!!! allow contract extensions for early upgrades, bring down the value of phones so that its more affordable. allow exchanges just as they did when the iVoldemort4 came out on verizon. they should definitely have that clause for new customers considering the fact that some of us buy a phone with no idea that its either out of date or about to be. but on a better note ill wait for my Droid RAZR 3 to come out next year and stick to my Droid X which will get ICS even if its on CMX and not Blurr =)

  • S Pierce

    I agree with this wholeheartedly, however, I would like to suggest a hybrid position.  Keep the new devices coming, but also commit to supporting them for a reasonable amount of time.  Since most every contract is 2 years a manufacturer can’t ignore that there are customers out there that won’t update for that time.  Refusing to update for a defined period of time is disingenuous and that is the one thing that a certain fruit company has at least gotten right.

    • Anonymous

      I wholeheartedly agree. Google’s trying to do this, but we’ll have to wait and see if their coalition of sorts has any real teeth.

  • Anonymous

    Good try but you said nothing to sway me from saying I think they should slow down. I do like the “they have their success plan, and we have ours” remark. 

  • To be honest I don’t care about how many devices gets released within a year, but quality is key. My contract was up in March and I waited until September for the Bionic and it pisses me off that my phone has so many bugs and Moto says “Oh, we’ll fix it. Just give us a few months. I don’t care if you can’t get data service unless you turn off and on your phone. We’ll get to you eventually.” But time goes by and they can release a new phone without even fixing the critical problems of their “flagship phone”. The real problem here isn’t the release of new phones, but the consideration that people are locked into a 2 year contract and with products like what was released with the Bionic, Moto should be ashamed of them self. 

  • tl;dr

  • Anonymous

    One thing you left out is that the dizzying pace of new launches also drives the prices down for the consumer.  Sure if you want the newest device you will pay a premium but if you’re willing to take a 4-6 month old phone you can get it for practically nothing.  If you buy an iPhone 4s 6 months from now you’ll be paying the same price that it’s at today and regretting the decision 4 months later when the new one comes out at the same price with better specs.  Competition is good for the consumer, even if it’s Android competing against itself.  

  • Anonymous

    So, if Android is pro-choice then iPhone must be an abortion… of um choice. 

  • Sputnick

    This rebuttal is weak.  Moto is losing money…hello!!!!  Their strategy is terrible…lol.  It’s not that phones are released every 8 months it’s what’s released loaded with problems and with specs that don’t really differentiate themselves and create little brand loyalty.

    • Anonymous

      HTC and Sammy aren’t in the same bind as Moto, and they have the same strategy. Moto has just put out lacklustre devices. Maybe the RAZR will turn that around, seeing as it’s the first lust-worthy device they’ve made since the Droid X. Competition cuts both ways.

      • Sputnick

        HTC and Sammy put out carrier exclusive phones but I don’t see them putting out all kinds of new lines of smartphones like moto is doing…so I disagree.  There are two HTC Incredible iterations.  Moto is already pushing Droid 4.  Also Moto sucks at marketing to women.  I hope the RAZR gets the turned around.

        • Anonymous

          I hope the RAZR (and Google’s acquisition) turns them around, too. No matter how many times they drop the ball, I can’t help but root for Moto.

      • Sputnick

        I don’t know what you mean by “bind”.  Moto’s bind is that they aren’t moving product enough to be profitable.  They are throwing darts hoping something sticks.  I agree that choice and options are good things but you have to be able to compete and produce brand loyalty and releasing phone after phone that don’t wow people doesn’t work.

        P.S. Great job getting posted BTW!!  I just respectfully disagree with you.

        • Anonymous

          That’s exactly the bind they’re in. If they came out with more hit devices, it might help them along (like what Samsung does). I really hope the RAZR and the Google acquisition turn them about because I loved the OG Droid.

          Totally cool with you disagreeing; I could be wrong. I’m not in charge of a multi-billion dollar mobile enterprise, after all, so my opinion is just that: an opinion.

          • Sputnick

            Hehe…I’m not in charge of a large corporation either but we are consumers which are the most important people to these corporations.  They are always trying to please us to have us spending our money with them.  So our opinions do count. peace.

    • Anonymous

      While I’m not a fan of Apple, their less frequent releases certainly give their customers something to look forward to – something that is clearly lacking in Android.  The hype goes through the roof and everyone gets excited.  When a new Android phone gets released, it just doesn’t generate the excitement that a new iPhone does.  While I’m all about having a choice, things can be a little too diluted.  I’m sure they’re all great phones and will be great phones for quite a while, but I don’t HAVE to have one.

      • Sputnick

        I agree.  Android’s strength IMO is it’s customization ability which manufacturers don’t embrace and even prevent for the most part with skins.  I don’t see the effort to gather brand loyalty…a community to participate in that is manufacurer specific.

  • I like this part “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have a Droid Life problem. I’m mashing refresh on Droid Life and Android Life all day waiting for some sort of news.”
    I thought I was the only one.

  • hatethanet

    Simply put, whatever Samsung is doing right now is the correct move since they have now overtaken Apple for smartphones sales. In addition to most sales, when it comes to the quality of the actual phones, no line of phones, not even the iPhone, can compete with Samsung’s Galaxy line.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung is doing something really smart with their Galaxy line: in-model differentiation. The Galaxy S did this more than anything. You could have it with a slider, pico projector, straight-up candybar, etc. But, since they were all the same basic innards, the actual R&D component could be fixated on the important things, like screen and processor. Best of both worlds, and a feat they look to mirror in the SII line.

    • Sputnick

      I think they do the best to market to women.

  • tsheets

    Personally, I think there IS an issue of quality due to quantity.

    How many new devices come out and have a long list of bugs once they hit the streets?  It seems like a lot lately!  But, between the manufacturers and carriers, the fixes (that very well could break more than they fix) take long enough to land on your handset, that by the time you get a stable phone, it’s so many generations old, that you are almost to the point of no support.

    If they would limit the number of devices they are cranking out, maybe they could focus a little more on stability and timely updates that are fully cooked rather than the half-baked code they are putting out these days.

    • I don’t know how many times we have to tell people this…..but every phone that comes out will have bugs no matter who makes it or what os it is…..when your dealing with software on any level bugs are expected once it reaches a massive amount of people….apple releases once a year and that still has bugs…its the nature of the beast

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. 

      There are quality due to quantity issues right now and they’re only getting worse.  The Bionic came out with a terrible network problem, an awful screen and the same camera problems the OG had.  That is a quality problem.

      The Samsung Charge came out being a terrible device, that is a quality problem.

      The Thunderbolt came out with awful battery life, connection problems, that is a quality problem.

      Release solid phones and you won’t need to make 20 a year to replace them.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we have the options, but make quality phones and we can have this argument again.  Right now, the only quality phone this year was the GSII.  Nothing has come close to being a worthy upgrade to the OG, that’s why masses still have it over anything else that’s come out on the android platform.  The Galaxy Nexus and possibly the Razr are the first phones that look to be worthy of upgrading after 2 years of being with the OG, I’d say there are quality issues.

      • Just because you call a device terrible doesnt make it terrible

        • Anonymous

          It’s not me calling it terrible, it’s the entire phone world calling it terrible.

  • Ravnos CC

    ” Choice is the beauty of Android ”

    Couldn’t agree more!

  • obscura

    As long as there are quality devices such as the galaxy nexus I could care less how many devices are littered out to the market. This is why choice and openness have been the key to androids successful run.

    • Keith Sumner

      Couldn’t care less ***

  • Totally agree.  And it is also a counter-marketing strategy to Apple’s.  In the earlier days of Google they would pump out new free web apps constantly.  It kept Google on everyone’s mind for years.  Instead of advertising, they created new free online services which served as a marketing machine for them (plus other advantages).  Likewise, all of the new Android phones drown out some of the iPhone / Apple news that is out there and keeps Android fresh in people’s mind when its time to buy their next phones.  And to drive demand even when the phones people already have are actually sufficient for their needs.

  • Anonymous

    Good read, I do like the user articles we have going on here. That said, im definitely in the other camp. Manufacturers need to slow the F down. There’s a lot of very capable and beautiful android phones out there across manufacturers and carriers. Its time to focus on quality, not quantity. And they could still pump out a few more phones a year than Crapple. What would we die hard DL nuts read all day? I dunno, articles about phones being upgraded promptly and without bugs. We could go uber-hypebeastin’. Id take that over reading about how [manufacturer X] plans to ruin android by releasing yet another sh1tty low end phone that’ll take 10 months to upgrade and everyone will forget about when they release Epic Sh1tty Phone Touch 4g 3D XYZ2 Ultra the next month. Seriously, its like Street Fighter 2 with these phone releases and names these days. Slow the F down.

  • Destroys that retard Ron’s post.

    Hopefully he never writes another story on here again.

    • I’d prefer that you criticize my argument instead of calling me a retard. That said, expect more articles from me.

      • I don’t like when people use the word retard….its sad people have to use terms to put down others because they don’t feel good enough about themselves

      • Anonymous

        I thought your post was well done and an excellent point; I just happen to disagree. Time and the market will tell which perspective is the correct one (though I wouldn’t doubt that both strategies have merit; just look at the success of Android and iOS).

        • I don’t think there’s a correct one, but I think some strategies are better than others.

    • Sputnick

      I thought Ron’s post was spot on.  Droidzilla’s post was well done but I disagree with him.

  • Ldakota66

    Excellent write!  Couldn’t agree more!  Love the use of fruit logos, applesauce, and iVoldemort!!

  • Anonymous

    I will say this.  One of the best things about Android is that its openness allows OEMs to create handsets in all shapes and sizes.  This is very good because one size does NOT fit all.  Though many people may like similar things, one single thing will never be liked by all the people.  Just look at all the iPhone lovers that are bitter against Apple because they refuse to release an iPhone with a qwerty slider, or an iPhone with a larger screen (yes, I know, it’s coming, but it should have been here already).

    While Android users have a plethora of features to choose from, from user interface variations to screen sizes, iPhone lovers have only one option, take it or leave it.  I know for a fact that that limitation alone is the reason why a very significant chunk of Android users chose Android phones over the iPhone, because the iPhone wasn’t the right fit for their taste or style.  Now, that’s not to say that the iPhone is a bad phone, because it’s not.  I’m merely pointing out that the limitation is a fact, and is a key difference between the iPhone and the army of Androids.

    I would like to call for a happy medium, so to speak.  I don’t think limiting the market to a select few Android handsets is a good idea, but I do wish that new models were not released with planned 6-month obsolescence.  This flood of handsets is I think partly what causes the lack of updates on older models, because it takes far more time to develop and test updates for the ocean of old devices than either the OEM or carrier wants to mess with, especially because they never get reimbursed for any such updates.  I think there would be more willingness to update current handsets if there weren’t quite so many to deal with.

    • Shcommish

      Amen to this!

  • Anonymous

    I somewhat agree with this. I think they should slow it to every two quarters instead of every quarter. It’ll make the purchase of the device more worth it. Right now when you get a phone, it’s replaced in 3 months. Every 6 months would be suitable enough for our innovation and new hardware lust, but it also would be far enough in between to have the latest tech for more than 3 months.

    • 6 months no thanks…..keep production up just eliminate shitty low end phones

  • Its an alright article but I think android as a whole will benefit so much more if they stop producing low end phones…the reasoning is simple, all too often do I hear a complaint of how the (insert low end phone here) sucks and locks up….that makes the customer have a bad experience with android and ultimately the customer will choose another OS….it is time android makes a standard on hardware and software to produce a fluistomer friendly UI and what a better chance than IcS..this is the only thing that upsets me with androis…..Stop making low end or even mid end phones…make a product worth buying and to me the only phones that you should consider buying is high end so the experience is fluid and a constant among all android phones

  • Q

    This is spot on.  Android is only moving too fast if you’re a geek that feels the need to constantly have the newest, most powerful device so you can come on the Internet and talk down to other people who dont have it.  THe Bionic is a perfect example.  Everyone here acts like the Bionic is completely worthless now that the Razr is out.  This couldnt be further from the truth.  A “normal” user who bought a Bionic will most likely easier get two years of use out of it… maybe ever more. Only delusional fandroids like the Bionic is kaput because a new phone came out.  To the average cell phone customer, they have a very fast and capable device.

    • Anonymous

      Well to be fair, the Bionic was delayed until September. It should have come out during the summer like the other 4G phones of similar caliber. That’s why it’s BS that it’s being replaced so soon. It’s basically a Verizon Atrix from what I’ve seen. The Atrix has been out for 8 months.

      • you can’t put a product out if you can’t get the processor and 4g to play nice….what they should of done was cancel the bionuc all together and put out that sexy rzor

        • Anonymous

          That’s my point. The Bionic either should have launched during the summer or not at all. September is the weirdest time for them to launch a phone that will be replaced in less than 2 months. Samsung (as far as I know) launched the Galaxy S II but has no plans to replace it with something similar. The Galaxy Note (if it comes to the US) is a different device because of its huge screen. The RAZR is similar enough for people with a Bionic to be pissed if they prefer the RAZR.

          • The gs2 will be replaced in about a month with the gs3….. but I think Motorola was in a bind and didn’t know what to do so they decided to release it….you have to remember that this bionic is not the og bionic its actually a totally different phone from what we seen at CES…but once they couldn’t figure out how to get the 4g and processor to work together they scrapped the og bionic for the targra…..which now became the bionic…..I think they were just in a tough situation and they made the wrong choice.

          • Anonymous

            Look at it from Moto’s perspective: they get to sell a bunch of Bionics, and now they’ll sell even more RAZRs. As far as the average, Joe Consumer who bought a Bionic knows or cares, the RAZR is a non-entity. For us early adopters, though, it’s a factor.

          • Sputnick

            Then why is Moto losing money and market share?

          • Eryk

            Blur.

          • Its still not a good PR move and while a lot of people won’t know some people will and some people will get pissed which in turn will give Motorola a bad name….and those people will tell people not to buy Motorola because of this…with Motorola already losing money the best thing for them is not to have bad PR whichis exactly what this is bad PR

          • Guest

            The people who dont know are the people who ask the people who do what phone they should get too. So we end up getting pissed at motorola and will advise the people who dont understand whats going on not to go to them just because we dont like them. I know I wouldn’t recommend a motorola phone. Even though I love my bionic. also because i work for tech support and there motoblur updates are terrible.

          • DROID VADAR

            When they came out with the droid x there wasn’t any phone that made me want to upgrade until the bionic but now that the bionic is out they put out the razr right away? I don’t have any problem with the speed of android but don’t sell me yesterdays phone (for $300 bucks plus tax and accessories)  when i can get something better from you that’s way better for the same price. People feel robbed and rightfully so.

            I’m buying the Nexus for full retail when it comes and then I won’t have to feel like I have yesterdays phone until next year when we see the Next Nexus 🙂

          • Cmandd

            I still don’t get why people are going nuts over the RAZR. Thinner and better screen, but you trade expandable memory and a replaceable battery for it. Not a fair trade and I hate Moto’s trend to non-replaceable batteries. 

  • Lakerzz

    Don’t forget about the OG (Chuck Norris) Droid…

    Awesome article by the way. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Dude. Chuck Norris Droid ftw!

  • Jstew182

    I completely agree with this article but my only issue with so many devices being output is that I do turn into a girl when I get a new electronic device and like to accessorize her like a Barbie. That is the one and only thing I am jealous over when it comes to the “fruit logo” company. More options on accessories wouldn’t hurt my heart (though my wallet may argue that.)

    • I agree that’s why google needs to make a standard on hardware

  • Anonymous

    Loving the opinion pieces, from both readers & the DL crew…sort of picked up where UncutAndroid left off, look forward 2 more…….NOW WHERE IS THE “TATO SERIES” interviews????

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, all, for the kind words; I really had fun writing this. I’m also thrilled to have had a chance to be featured on a Droid Life post; freakin’ love this blog!

    • Tesseract 3

      I knew it was you when you wrote Sean Connery Droid. Nice article. 

    • Anonymous

      Great piece! Like I said, poetry! 😀

    • RB

      Great article; completely agree with your perspective on this.  I still have my venerable OG Droid and it still just works.  I am finally planning to get a new phone when the Galaxy Nexus is out.  But I am admittedly reluctant to move off this device with which I’ve become so familiar.  My Point?  That it doesn’t matter to me how many bazillion different phones come out.  Everyone (well, many of them) just raises the bar for the next one I eventually will buy.

  • Anonymous

    Also, look at it from an OEM’s point of view. If Moto’s best device is two months outdated and Samsung’s has brand new updated specs, then Moto is essentially ceding the market to Samsung until they do their annual refresh the following year. It’s not surprising.

    I for one am all about the variety and the incremental refreshes–so long as everyone still gets their OS updates in a timely manner.

    • Urugami

      Red Panda….
      what do you need a phone for… thought you used rings?

  • Anonymous

    Great article. I hope this means we have a new writer for Droid Life!

  • Anonymous

    You forgot the Droid Xterminator Veterans day special.  

  • SugaShane

    We are all now smarter after listening to you. I award you all the points and may you have mercy on God’s soul. 

  • Pakeha

    couldn’t have said it better….!

  • Anonymous

    article was written by a retard. please shut up about what you think should happen in the industry. its not driven by some dumbsh*t’s feelings or what apple does, but by the consumer’s dollar. learn how the world works.

    • Doug

      That’s exactly what he did. He said the market is driving the production of phones. Oh wait, annoyingposter6… should’ve known.

    • Anonymous

      At least the article was grammatically correct, can you say that?

      • No it wasn’t..I’m not hating on the author but this article is far from grammaticaly correct….but good job to the writer for having a decent write up

        • Anonymous

          ,., <— I found your missing punctuation.

          • You spelled words wrong too but you can be a dick just when you write for a website or anything being viewed by a lot of people proof read.

    • Keith Sumner

      u mad bro?

  • Doug

    I still think I’m middle ground on this one. Even if each manufacturer put out 2 devices a year, that’s at least 12 new phones a year which is a good amount as far as variety and yet still gives the devices released more focus and are taken care of better by their manufacturer update wise. Example being that I have an LG Ally and the wife has a samsung continuum, I was barely able to scrap info together on how to root mine and find a decent rom but the continuum which is hardware wise a decent phone, has no working roms that i’ve seen. These phones were forgotten very quickly by devs for the latest and greatest, just like the alot of phones that are older than a year. Is it just me or do other people feel the same way?

    • Urugami

      If you’re going to impose an arbitrary limit, I’d say make it at least 1 new device per quarter, per manufacturer.  That would (probably) allow us to all catch our collective breaths, while still giving them the chance to provide the variety we’ll demand.
      When’s the next slide keyboard coming out?
      Forget that, I want a candy bar!
      Yer both wrong… where are the folders?

      See what I mean?  one or two a year, everybody’s constantly in a race for the top end, and there will be a lack of simple, middle-ground devices.  Letting them pick their own pace, as it is now, is the best way to give everybody a good choice of the type of device they want, with the features they want.
      CHOICE IS GOOD!

      • Doug

        I could handle 4 a year i guess… I was speaking more along the lines of smartphones though. So then 2 major releases a year, 2 feature phone releases. Deal.

    • The number of devs that work on a phone is directly proportional to how popular a device it is.  If the device didn’t sell a lot of units, it won’t have a lot of devs.  It doesn’t matter how many or how few devices a company puts out, devs go to (or come from) the device they are using and popular devices will have more devs.  The number of active devs is tied to the number of devices available, if you lower the number of devices, you don’t really redistribute where the devs go, you just lower the number of active devs working.  I started porting MIUI for D1 because the guy doing it before moved onto a new device.  So a new device actually increased the number of people “deving” (being a porter doesn’t really make me a dev, but the idea is the same). If there aren’t roms available for a particular phone, don’t blame it on there being too many phones for people to choose from, blame it on the fact that the phone just isn’t that great or popular.  

      • Anonymous

        I think porting makes you a dev. You have to change the code so that the device is supported. It may not be as hard on phones like the OG Droid, but for the Droid X, it requires a lot of skill to port a source ROM.

      • Anonymous

        but if there were less phones released, each phone would be more popular. There would be more of a concentration on each phone if there were fewer to focus on. I understand that our phones were never top of the line or popular but still, nothing?

  • Anonymous

    Well done sir, well freaking done.

  • OG Droid

    Honesty I didn’t even read the article. I just read the headline and then went straight to the comments. Love reading them.

  • Jak_341

    Here is a statistic I want to see that will really determine how Android is doing. I want to see how many people who have had an Android phone in the past will upgrade to another. We should be able to begin to determine this. Assuming OG Droid was the first (sorry Nexus One people), how many are planning on getting another Android device? For the fruit phone, that number is probably around 80-90%. If the Android number is close or surpasses, this is a great sign. If not, then there are the issues (probably with quality) and they should slow down.

    • Doug

      I wouldn’t say 80-90, more like 70-80. I think there’s some in the middle who end up leaving for iphone and coming back or those who are dissatisfied and leave for android.

  • Anthony Vella

    How about you let me trade in my Droid Charge for a Galaxy Nexus. My Charge gets 0 updates and when I call Samsung, they say they are not sure about anything… Worst company I have ever seen. If I get the Nexus, at least I know I don’t need the Touchwiz overlay. Oh yea good job Samsung on that also, the Brown and Orange on my phone are such good colors. Only an idiot would pick those. Looks like Shi*.

    • Thank you, I wasn’t the only one that noticed those god awful colors on the Charge.

      • Anthony Vella

        I am on the urge of buying another Charge on ebay, taking all the parts out, throwing at a wall, and shipping it to Samsung’s headquarters in the US with a note saying, “Have your piece of junk back, and by the way, I took all the good stuff I wanted out. You can have the crappy Touchwiz since I couldn’t remove it. I am selling the good stuff on ebay which you don’t have the name branded on which includes the SD Card and the SIM Card. Have a terrible day Samsung. Hope you enjoy the Brown and Orange colors, reminds me of diarrhea, oh wait, reminds me of the phone, “Droid Charge”, really “Charging” that diarrhea colors.”

      • ????? Are you referring to the Super AMOLED screen?

        What phone are you rocking?

    • Anonymous

      But, if you don’t like Samsung, why would you buy the Galaxy Nexus?  Would support all of a sudden get better?  This is why I’m leery.  I personally know a few people who have not had good luck with Samsung smartphones.

      • UncagedChipmunk

        Samsung is the manufacture of the Galaxy Nexus. It’s a Google “pure” experiance phone so all the support will be coming from Google themselves minus hardware issues.

      • What the hell are you talking about??

        A Nexus phone is pure Google. Do your homework before bitching to the teacher dumbass. 

        • Anonymous

          Software yes, hardware no.  Good software on lousy hardware is worthless.  Dumbass.

  • Anonymous

    SUCK IT KLEENEX

  • Anonymous

    Wow; brilliantly put; expertly worded.  More of this please!

  • Anonymous

    Nice rebuttal. I wouldn’t mind reading articles from Skipper more often. Nice job!

  • Anonymous

    Poetry! I especially love this line “Unlike some companies with fruit logos and an outdated, child-like user interface”!! 😀

  • I can honestly say I hardly noticed until last month.  My, uh, Sean Connery Droid (I like that) has kept me quite happy with its ROM and somewhere between 800 MHz and 1.2 GHz.  I am very pleased to say I never really felt behind the curve.  What I worried about was, as apparent mad librarian syndrome begins to set in, finding a replacement that won’t be a disappointment coming from my Droid Did.

  • Anonymous

    I’d trade the frequency with which the devices are released for a bit better quality.  But I’m probably in the minority.

    • Anonymous

      But doesn’t Android already have the highest quality devices on the market?

      • Anonymous

        The SGS2 are nice, but. HTC and moto have away to go, as do many other manufacturers, imo.

        • That rzoris looking damn good lets hope the software is better…but I think Motorola finally is starting to understand what direction it wants to go and the rzor is looking better than what every other manufacturer is putting out with the exception of Samsung phones which seem to be the standard of a Android phones

  • BAM

  • Anonymous

    Article aside, I want to thank Kellex for putting up these feature posts by users.  Love it!

    • How does one become able to do a feature post?

      • Hit contact us and start your rant

        • Anonymous

          Heh pretty much. It always helps if it’s well written and isn’t just a flamefest too. 😛

          • Anonymous

            You keep those gems all to yourself?   How selfish… 😛

  • DroidzFX

    As long as your making a profit do what you wish

  • Anonymous

    Android is driving the bus right now, and we are constantly checking up on new devices with better specs and anticipation of new functionality. OEM’s and Carriers alike are seeing the revenue profits and growth of Android and its following. 

    Slowing down is probably not in there vocabulary at this point 🙂

  • Anonymous

    What’s next, the Droid X3.5 Halloween followed by the Droid X3.6 Thanksgiving Slide? 

    …since when does Rovio make hardware?

    • Rnews4ed

      I want the Halloween one..