Identity Crisis

MG Siegler, on “clopen”-ness:

How weird is it that Google just released a new flagship OS and is going on and on about how great it is, but the vast majority of users have absolutely no access to it? Worse, most have absolutely no clue when — or if — they’ll ever have access to it. This sounds like pretty much the opposite of being “open” to me.
My Apple fanboyism notwithstanding, this is the biggest issue I have with Android. The software update system is just terrible. I would imagine even the most non-technical user would wonder if their phone could get updated at some point. “Openness” aside, I don’t know Android users deal with this bullshit. My heart actually goes out to them. You know things are fucking bad when OEMs are blocking Ice Cream Sandwich from fairly recent hardware that could run the OS if they made allowances for it. To put this in perspective, iOS 5 runs on five different devices:

  • iPad 1
  • iPad 2
  • iPhone 3GS (released in June 2009)
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S

And, as Siegler points out, Apple’s totally transparent about this:


Even Apple haters have to admire their commitment to giving their users access to the latest software.