The State of Android Updates
Now we all know Android phones, including CDMA Nexuses (reason why there's no LTE Nexus now) get delayed updates by the carriers. But let's ignore that for a second and look at the number and kind of updates.
I see Apple fans bragging about iPhone 3GS getting iOS 6. But how behind on updates is Android really?
iPhone 3GS iOS 3, 4, 5, 6.
iPhone 4 iOS 4, 5, 6
iPhone 4S iOS 5, 6
iPhones get 3 major updates and many removed features from each update with the last update giving almost nothing.
Galaxy S1 Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread
Galaxy S2 Gingerbread, ICS, Jellybean in development
Galaxy S3 ICS, Jellybean rolling out as we speak
Nexus One Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread
Nexus S Gingerbread, ICS, Jellybean
Galaxy Nexus ICS, Jellybean
Android phones get 2 major updates, even skinned devices but come with most if not all the features.
Are Android devices really that bad in terms of long term support (not including carrier delays) or is the issue overblown?