iOS 5 imposes minor feature limitations on iPhone 3GS, 3G owners still bitter

iOS 5 imposes minor feature limitations on iPhone 3GS, 3G owners still bitter

via Engadget.

Still bitter.

Take a look at this Android OS update chart for comparison — the iPhone 3G was released just over 3 years ago, and now has been dropped for OS updates and support.  They’re still functional, just not with the new iOS.  By comparison, the Google Nexus One is no longer supported for the OS updates, and it was released just last year!  The full chart is a sad story, I for one own an use an android handset, it’s a paltry UX with fragmented app store, little or no documentation for what my version of android (and flavour, for that matter) offers and how I might upgrade should I choose to.  I recall an old line from Steve Jobs on Android (a little off topic now), about how Android forced the user to solve these small problems themselves, and that Apple felt the best user experience would be reached by Apple taking the role of systems integrator.

I’m all for it.  As a user — I want to forget more and focus on the things I care about.  Getting my work done, getting in contact with loved ones, keeping my things in order — the usual things.  Which mix of hardware/software am I on?  With Android I have no idea!   The tools at my disposal are so poorly designed it almost doesn’t even matter.