Android is currently strongly profiteering from the general boom in the smartphone market, and it's the main choice for all who don't want to spend the money for an iPhone. However it's debateable if that success will last. Android has a huge huge problem that only gets huger every month - the update policy is utter bullshit. The average wait time for an Android phone to get the next version of Android is 9 friggin months (that's not every 9 months a new Android version - that means it takes 9 months after a new version has been released until it actually arrives on people's phones.) And that's just if your phone even gets an update at all, more and more models just stop getting updates, many never even got a single one. This pisses power users off and very understandably so.
The droid phone update debacle is an overrated problem. I've been through a few droid updates, and nothing is really ever so new. The most important update thus far has been 2.3.4 which introduces the android accessory mode (think iphone docks for droid) Aside from that as long as you are within three versions of the newest you may as well be up to date. The updates only really matter to nerds.
That being said, I can't wait until I get 4.0 on my Optimus 2x. LG needs to hurry the fuck up.
As far as Iphone goes by comparison, they've dropped support for a number of phones. Because some of the older phones don't have the juice to run the old enhancements. Let's be honest, droid runs on a far greater number of devices, with a huge amount of differentiations between each device. It would be impossible, and ridiculous to update them all. Just like it would be ridiculous to update a 486 to WinXP.
The current business model seems to be heading toward selling new devices via new software instead of via new hardware. At first this will only affect power users, since the average John Dumb probably has no clue what version his phone is even running and what is available, but the growing discotent with this situation will tickle down to the average customer over time.
I don't really disagree with that business model... One of the reasons why I find the cellphone game so exciting right now is the fact that the tech used, or rather the processor used is and emerging technology. Think of Intel/AMD chips back in the 90's/early 00's. Now x86 chips are boring making only strides of .1ghz per generation. Boring. whereas with the mobile phone market we're seeing strides from single to dual to quad core, and 600mhz to 800mhz to 1.5ghz. Holding onto an existing device, for a nerd, for more than a year, doesn't make any sense.
There are only a handful of no-excuse for update phones at the moment. My short list is:
LG Optimus 2x
Samsung Galaxy s2
add any other phone or device that runs a dual core or better processor, at or over 1ghz in speed, especially, but not necessarily, of the Tegra 2 variety.
Now when the ARM arch matures, there will be no reason NOT for manufacturers to update. I will agree that it could become a problem if the trend continues once ARMdroid becomes a mature tech.
I was worried that's how you were using it. The Arm build isn't strictly for mobile devices, and there will be mobile devices running on intel hardware too.
I'd just say Windows 8 Arm if that's what you meant to avoid confusion.
I think I'll continue calling it Win8 mobile actually. I think even though MS wants to get away from the stigma of their previous mobile platform's failures (see: WinCE and all previous derivatives on everything but the Dreamcast), the ARM version is best described as mobile... at the moment anyway due to ARM's less power hungry nature, and the fact that Win8 on phones/tablets is just a new version of windows mobile, in the same vein that Win8 will be a new version of Wintel. The reason I will do so is because no one but nerdy nerds will instantly understand the differentiation between the two. Again as we see the ARM arch evolves, and most likely becomes dominant due to the un-upgradeable nature of SOCs, this may become less true, but for now it fits.
Honestly, I'm not a fan of the possiblility of SOCs invading my desktop PC, and I hope Intel/AMD, and ATX remain. As was alluded to earlier, buying new devices just for an upgrade kinda sucks.