* How many Android handset users do I know on older version of the OS could name the benefits they would gain from having an updated version?
* How many people who are looking to buy a handset would consider an Android handset that’s more than a year old (nearly none), vs an iOS handset more than a year old [ie. iPhone 4 / 3GS] (substantially more).
* As above, cost wise the older iOS devices hold their value much more than older Android devices. Think ‘disposable’ devices. Why does the infographic compare cheap low-mid range devices with high-end devices?
* How has the rapid growth rate and development of hardware affected the way the OS is implemented? Phones such as the HTC Hero/Legend were running at nearly maximum capacity of their hardware, but nowadays, the dual-core devices can handle everything thrown at them. Would it make sense to restrict future development of features purely to keep owners of legacy handsets happy? Think Windows Vista on a 128MB of RAM.
* In contrast, how many iPhone 3G owners have updated to iOS5 knowing that performance is significantly degraded on their legacy hardware? Supported does not necessarily mean widely adopted.
* Is having ‘future features’ (up to two years in the future) a key selling point for buyers when they choose a device? Or is the current capabilities and state of the device more important?
* In light of this, how many resources would a company put into supporting older hardware when it does not make financial sense to do so?
* All of the above once again assumes that both OS’s are the same, which they are far from – think about the capabilities of what can be done (out of the box) for each.
* Does intentionally blocking Siri access for 3G/3GS/4 users (for no technical reason since it’s mostly server based), purely to drive 4S sales count as blocking a software update?
* Why have these grievous offences in the form of timely smartphone updates not halted sales of Android devices immediately?