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Planned Obsolescence – Android P Drops Nexus & Pixel C

Only a few other comments set me off more than “Auugg.. Apple builds in planned obsolescence…”. I hear that record scratch, I take a deep breath, and I educate.

Me responding to Apple Planned Obsolescence

I clearly point out that Apple, in fact, supports products that are downright ancient in the electronics world. This is evident by the fact the iPhone 5s can still run iOS 11, and it was released nearly 5 years ago! Or how about the fact you can still buy a 3-year-old iPhone 6s, NEW.

I then go on to point out how Android manufacturers rarely update their hardware, the only exceptions being made for premium hardware. Take for instance the recent death of the Samsung Galaxy S6.. the same age as the being sold new iPhone 6s. This leaves only the two year-old Galaxy S7 to get the Android Oreo Update. Thing is, Oreo was released in August 2017…. we are nearly a year away from the date and the update is “in development”.

planned obselenscence from Samsung

How long are Android released supported? Well, as of now, only Marshmellow is still supported.. released late 2015.

When a new iOS version is released, every 5-year-old iPhone is able to update THE SAME DAY.

Google Announced Planned Obsolescence In 2-Year-Old Product

With the announcement of Android P, it was also found that Google themselves will drop support for all Nexus product AND the Pixel C. Those products were sold up into 2016! You would hope that Google would support THEIR OWN baby for a little longer than 2 bloody years, no??

It’s not entirely Googles fault, the fact that the processors themselves are no longer supported by Qualcomm factors into that. After all, Qualcomm could care less about software updates.. they don’t want to support what you have, they want you to get new processors wrapped in shiny new products.

And there is one of the many problems with Android fragmentation. When you have multiple companies putting a product together, you cannot be guaranteed all parties are going to play nice down the road. Seems to me that when you have a bunch of companies doing this and knowingly releasing hardware they have no intention of supporting a year or two later.. that would be PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE.

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Ryszard (Rick) Gold, From Calgary, Alberta, Canada has over 20 years of experience working with Apple products in a technical capacity. Passionate about technology in general, his natural troubleshooting abilities, curiosity and appreciation of good design lead him into working exclusively with Apple Computer products.
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