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Comparing Android phones and the iPhone are like comparing oranges and pears, unless you compare the Nexus range. That's the only one that Google has effectively the same control as Apple does. Admittedly the Nexus One didn't get official ICS support, which is disappointing, but the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus are both running the latest and greatest Android OSes available.

While most older Android devices cannot (yet, in some cases) claim to run the latest version of Android, at least some of the "new" features touted by Apple in iOS 6 have been available for 2 years...
Timely!  Or did you guys see +Thomas Hawk 's posts yesterday about his Android breaking after the last update and being unable to get any support, too?
As long as security patches are created and delivered to the OS version shouldn't matter. What Google needs to do is ensure they continue to maintain older versions of their Android OS (n-3 or something similar) and force device manufacturers and telcos that want to use the Android or Google name, logo, look/feel, etc. that they must push out patches in a timely fashion.
Most people aren't interested in jailbreaking their phone, and the telcos aren't interested in making sure the OS versions of their customers phones are up to date.  it's the unholy bifecta of apathy
Carriers have to see an incentive to keep the phones up to date. Currently, it's anti-Headline insurance... "CellularOne Androids Can Be Hacked By Deaf Chinese School Children in 5 Seconds!"
The Google enforced requirement would be nice, Dan, but I think it is unrealistic. Google wants Android deployed as widely as possible...who are they to enforce code updates on legacy devices?!? Besides, each carrier customizes the hell out of the OS. You expect them to debug another bunch of code? What do you want, accountability?!?
The reason for this is because updates must be pushed through by the manufacturer, not Google. Not only that, but it is not officially possible to install a vanilla Android on any phone out there.
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