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I do apps and games for a living. App developers usually do iOS first because it's easier to develop for and they make more money.
It really feels like everyone that says Google needs to do more to force OEMs to do updates really wants Google to be Apple. I don't think being Apple is what Google wants.
Remember what Android is. It's an open-source operating system designed to get you to use Google's services so that Google can know more about you to better serve you ads.
Google provides a base that OEMs (and anyone with the time and resources) can use as the operating system for their hardware. Anyone can create their vision for Android. Google's Android experience is Nexus. Samsung's is TouchWiz. HTC's is Sense. Motorola's is Blur. Etc. This is one of the great things about Android. It's open. You have choice.
No one should buy a phone based on the promise of what it could become after a software update. The only updates people should worry about are major bug fixes and security updates. Updating the core OS takes time and resources. When most apps are compatible with a good number of the apps people require, there hardly is any incentive for an OEM to take time and resources away to develop a software update for multiple devices.
Consumers should worry about the app development community, not the ROM development community. Buy apps. Don't root your phone to block ads. If you want app developers to make their time and resources available for Android development, they need to see a good return on their investments that will make them see Android in the same way they see iOS. I love the ROM community. On my original DROID, I was very thankful that guys like Peter Alfonso took the time to make great ROMs for that phone. But complaining about things like locked bootloaders doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Flashing ROMs is not something a regular user needs to worry about. And if you're concerned with flashing ROMs, there are devices out there that you can use. It's not that big of a deal if some devices are difficult to tinker with.
The smartphone era has matured greatly. There's more to it than just the core OS software. There's more to it than good hardware and specs. The biggest thing, in my opinion, is ecosystem. Google wants to do as much as they can to lock you into their ecosystem. Same as Apple. This is why that I think it's going to be very difficult for Microsoft and RIM to compete. With many people investing in apps and other content, it makes it hard for people to switch to another platform. Spend $100 on apps for iOS and if you switch to Android, you've just spent $100 on software you may never use.
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