As of today, 78% of Apple iPhone users have updated to the new iOS 7. And when there's an update or fix to be had, users easily get it when on iTunes charging up their devices. On Friday we reported on HTC's head designer being indicted for leaking trade secrets and in that we report we presented a ridiculously lengthy graphic from HTC illustrating the long and tedious maze that the Android OS goes through just to get OS updates to Android users. Today, a premier mobile industry news site in Canada has published a new report titled "The Anguish of Updates" wherein the author bemoans the snail-like pace of OS updates for users, especially outside the US.
While some OEM's have kept their Android smartphones relatively up to date, many have not. The Mobilesyrup reports that the Sony Xperia Z is stuck on Android 4.1.2 waiting endlessly for an update to 4.3 and other Sony devices are at the mercy of their local carriers for updates.
According to this report, another misfire comes by way of the new LG G2 that won't see an update to Android 4.4 until March. Las month NDTV posted a report titled "Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update 'suspended' after users report issues." So even when updates are issued they undergo multiple problems.
Mobilesyrup then shifted to "Motorola working with its US carriers to push Android 4.4 KitKat almost immediately after the Nexus 5 launched. Even regional providers like US Cellular and Republic Wireless issued the update. But in Canada? The Rogers version is stuck on Android 4.2.2, same as in August. As a result, customers are missing out on some of the phone's best features, including greater control over the camera, better app performance, smoother touchless Controls, not to mention the basic upgrades included in KitKat itself."
Mobilesyrup's report concludes by stating that "The story continues as it has for years: if you want Android updates, buy a Nexus device. Otherwise, expect little, and then expect even less."
It sounds like a quagmire of pain for those who just want their spanking new phones to have the latest and greatest features available to them on day one out of the box. It's only right. Yet for many Android fans this holiday season, they're just plain out of luck; left in the cold with little sign of any relief in the pipeline. Once again, Google hypes the latest Android OS features to get nice sound bites in the press. But for many around the globe, it's just that: Hype.