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    Yesterday on Tech News Today, there was a discussion about carrier updates and how carriers basically hate to update their customer's phones. First of all, any update will cause a certain number of tech support problems due to phones being bricked, 3rd party software incompatibilities, and any number of other technical glitches. They would much rather have cutting-edge users buy a new phone. Non-cutting-edge users probably don't care about the updates anyway so you're potentially creating a problem that wasn't there before.

    This, of course, is most apparent with Android phones that often don't get updated by the carriers - ever.

    We already know that legacy webOS devices aren't going to get webOS 2.0 updated. One has to wonder whether these devices will ever get any further updates other to fix serious bugs. It's just hard to imagine updates to these devices making the priority list for carriers.

    Now that we are seeing what these carriers are doing with smartphone updates, one has to wonder whether OTA updates are worthwhile or if hardware makers ought to consider pushing them out on their own like Apple. I would guess that there is cellular network-related functionality that Apple can't touch without AT&T approval, however, they seem to push out updates fairly rapidly - especially to developers.

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by UntidyGuy; 02/18/2011 at 01:34 PM.
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    The answer seems pretty simple:

    iOS updates happen

    other OS updates typically don't.

    It doesn't seem to be a choice between the two, because as you stated, the carriers aren't really willing to provide the OTAs in most cases anyway. Also, its a recipe for fragmentation (some carriers inevitably will, some won't). HP want's a controlled ecosystem don't they?

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