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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 The phone you pre-ordered today is obsolete the day before it ships!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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As always, care to comment?

  • 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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RECK5inCe88 Carlos Morales

      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.

      • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

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

        • http://www.facebook.com/RECK5inCe88 Carlos Morales

          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. 

          • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

            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. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/RECK5inCe88 Carlos Morales

            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

          • http://www.facebook.com/RECK5inCe88 Carlos Morales

            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. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/RECK5inCe88 Carlos Morales

     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. 

  • http://twitter.com/Tiyjuan Tiyjuan

    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. 

  • http://twitter.com/zer0cool96 Nick Daddona

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Israel-Fabian/100000820426631 Israel Fabian

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      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.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        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 ***

  • http://plus.google.com/100780849097348485078/posts Stynkfysh

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YCWHBKUI22NNEB4J4PUK6VY3SQ ds fsdfds

    Destroys that retard Ron’s post.

    Hopefully he never writes another story on here again.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

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

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        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).

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

          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.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

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

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    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

  • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD 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.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        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.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            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.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            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.)

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      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! :D

    • 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?

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        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.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            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.

    • http://twitter.com/magiman7 magiman7

      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*.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      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.”

      • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

        ????? 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.

      • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

        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”!! :D

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    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.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          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

  • http://twitter.com/joeyfaulk Joey Faulk

    BAM

  • Anonymous

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      How does one become able to do a feature post?

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        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. :P

          • Anonymous

            You keep those gems all to yourself?   How selfish… :P

  • 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..