That may very well be true and yes, I understand this, but there are parts of the system that Google can't touch. Low-level kernel-more drivers and of course, the kernel itself, can't be touched by Google. If a vulnerability is found, you're pretty much SOL unless the OEM issues an OTA update.I feel with these sort of update policy comparisons between Apple and Android, it needs to be highlighted that significant parts of Android OS exist within the Play Store and continue to get updated well beyond the last OS update from the manufacturer.
Nobodys phone is getting exploited you need to calm down.I disagree. Security is something that must always be taken seriously no matter what.
This is exactly why I don't worry about what phone I use until it's dead. My 8 year-old Motorola Moto-G is chugging along just fine. I'm not going to spend $800-$1000 every four years for a goddamn phone.Samsung: Don't worry customers. Even though the S8 isn't obsolete in terms of hardware and how well it performs, we just don't want you to continue to use the same old phone so we're no longer offering updates/security patches to your phone.
Samsung: Yes, we understand your concerns. You just have to realize that we're not making money off you at the moment and that's just not acceptable. From a company standpoint, you're not valuable to us. You are welcome to come and purchase a new phone of the S10 or newer models. We understand that your phone is very capable and able to take any new updates that work just the same on the newer phones, but again we come around to the point that you're not valuable to us because you haven't purchased a new phone in the past 4 years.
Samsung: We could keep updating the software for your phone, but we just don't make any money from it. So we understand your frustration here. We really do. You'd love to keep using your phone with all the latest and greatest security patches and updates, but that just won't be a viable option on our end. So, we can certainly keep supporting you once you spend more money to obtain a newer phone such as the S20 or even better yet, the S21. You could certainly look towards a S10, but in another year you'd be in the same boat as you are now. A spot where we just don't want to support your phone anymore and we need you to keep spending money on new products even though your older, yet fully functional hardware is still going strong without any problems.
(Yes, I have a S8. The phone still holds a good charge - without making calls or using it much the battery will go 2+ days before needing to be charged. The camera is good. Still has more than enough storage space for my needs. The only downside to Samsung - on any of their mobile devices - is that horse$hit Bixby software).
It would be good, if the S8 wasn't so damn expensive. I just saw the specs of the Motorola Moto G Power. They look fantastic, and the phone costs less than $300CAD. That will be my next phone.I feel 4 years is a good duration for the Android ecosystem. It still can't match iOS, but that is a high bar to meet in the first place. Android phones are too fragmented in terms of hardware and software, I feel its actually not easy to update without causing some issues.
In a best case scenario, they would support these devices indefinitely. That isn't happening at the moment. So now we consider our options. Complaining for me isn't it.But considering how much you spent for that device, the company who made it should be forced to keep it up to date. And don't sit there and tell me that Samsung can't afford to do it because their last quarter's earnings report says otherwise. This really all comes down to greed and the upgrade treadmill that they want you to be forever on.
My thought on the subject is that if Apple can do it, why can't Samsung? There's no reason other than pure greed.