March 26, 2012
(This is a slanderous, though brief, “haw-haw, those Android users!” piece, so skip if you love that OS.)
- I assume they really mean “firmware updates” or “OS updates” or something.
- What is being updated? Is there new stuff? Fixed bugs? Security?
- It took iOS far too long to get OTA updates, and it’s high time Android gets them, too.
- “Any data not saved on a micro SD card or PC may be erased; i.e. contacts, images, etc.” Pre-iOS 5, updates were sort-of-reinstalls, too, but at least there was a built-in update facility. This reads like it doesn’t even offer that.
- One obvious, low-effort way to make the list of steps far less absurdly long is to merge the “United Mobile Driver” and “Mobile Support Tool” into one download (namely, the latter), and have it automatically “Ensure your Driver is Up to Date”, rather than having the user check something far easier for the computer to figure out.
- I’d love to see, one year in, statistics on how many people bothered to even attempt this. The process looks sufficiently intricate and technical that I wonder if the average user will even bother (will they even know about the option?).