Android 4.0 update hell makes NoDo look like heaven

The NoDo update, which brought copy and paste to Windows Phone, was a low point for the OS, with the update taking about 3 months to roll out to all handsets.

Now Fudzilla has written an article calling the Android 4 update a joke.  The OS update was first demoed in May 2011, and released in October 2011.

Since then the only one device with the OS has been released, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and one handset, the Samsung Google Nexus S, has received the update.

FudZilla writes:

crying_android_thumb180-5203074Google announced ICS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months back, and so far it has managed to ship a single device with this new OS, the Galaxy Nexus. The second device to get an ICS 4.0 update was the old Google Nexus S, but OTA updates for the Nexus have been suspended due to technical issues. There is still no third device with ICS on board and we won’t see any for at least a few weeks.

Companies are now announcing their own ICS upgrade schedules. LG says that their top devices get ICS in Q2 2012 (April 1 to June 30), while others will have to wait a few more months. Sony Ericsson should have ICS around Q2, if not earlier. Motorola and Samsung are reportedly scheduled to start updating their devices in Q1, but the process will inevitably drag on well into Q2. Worse, Samsung won’t roll out an ICS update for the Galaxy S, which sold in record numbers last year and it’s still a pretty nice phone with an affordable price tag.

In best case scenario, we might see some Android 2.3 to 4.0 update in Q1 but the best chance is to see some new phones launching with Ice Cream Sandwich at the Mobile World Conference, in Barcelona in last days of February. 

Apple has IOS 5 in all of its phones capable of supporting the new OS for months now and at least the top two iPhones today, if not the top three, will get an update to the next version, guaranteed. Microsoft is also doing a pretty good job in the update department with Mango.

By the time LG and Samsung roll out updates for the Optimus 2X, the world’s first dual-core phone and the best selling Samsung Galaxy 2 phones, Optimus 3 should be launching as well as Samsung Galaxy S III. In some countries, LG rolled Android 2.3 just a month ago and by that time, Google already announced and showed Android 4.0.

Sounds a lot like the bad old Windows Mobile days, does it not? Charlie Kindel blamed poor sales of Windows Phone on Microsoft’s commitment to its users at the expense of OEMs and carriers.  While I would love Windows Phone to do a lot better, as an existing owner I really appreciate Microsoft doing it right, rather Google’s antiquated way.

Would our readers rather have 200 million other Windows Phone 7 users and a bad update story, or have a much rarer handset which will get regular updates on time? Let us know below.

Thanks Milad for the tip.

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