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Speaking of Android upgrades, there basically are two problems: Manufacturers and carriers. The former often refuse to deliver upgrades for their phones, and the latter sometimes refuse to deliver the upgrade - even if it is available from the manufacturers. A recent example is Motorola: As you can see on their Android Software Upgrade News, there are many phones which stay on a very old version of Android. We even speak of version 1.5 here. This is reflected by the official platform version statistics.
The basic answer to this problem is simple: Vote with your wallet. But that often is easier said than done. Nobody knows how many upgrades a manufacturer delivered in the past and how fresh the phones are kept. In the end, potential customers are left in an uncertain situation, and often have to try to dig themselves through. But my suggestion is: Let's quantify this information to help people in finding out which are the "good" manufacturers, and blame manufacturers which think they can get away by not providing upgrades. Consequently, the project is called BlameDroid. And I need your help in order to create it!
The idea behind BlameDroidIt's plain simple: It is a website where all purchasable Android phones are listed, sorted by manufacturers and with information about their first Android version and the current Android version available through upgrades. For every phone a certain ranking is calculated based on a public available formula that has yet to be defined. The overall manufacturer ranking is then simply computed as the average over all of his phones rankings. Some of my other thoughts on it:
- The rankings can finally be used to create a top 3 and flop 3 of manufacturers as well as a top/flop list of mobile phones. The visitors then can instantly see which manufacturers to avoid and which phones to buy.
- A phone can have additional notes with positive/negative points which can influence the rating. For example, a phone which gets the newest Android version only in one country, but is not upgradable in many other parts of the world gets a lower rating.
Your feedbackWhy am I posting this in advance? I want to know from you what you think about this project! Would you use BlameDroid in order to find out which manufacturers to avoid? Or what should be done that you would enjoy it? How would you rate the phones, or the manufacturers?
I hope that you like the idea. And if you want to participate, please do not hesitate to contact me! :-D
PS: I already registered the domain blamedroid.org for this purpose, which means that we can publish the website as soon as it is ready!