iPhone and Android OS Updates

Apple introduced the new iPhone and iPad OS 4 to be released this summer and fall.  In January Google released Android 2.1.  Now this week at it’s own conference it will introduce 2.2.  What’s the difference?   How soon it will make it to the phones.

Because of the open nature of Android each manufacturer is tweaking or establishing a cover interface.  And now 3 months after the release it is just now making its way to the phones.  This isn’t an OS comparison piece.  Android is an incredible mobile platform.  It will probably carry the majority world wide before long.  It will have multiple features I will wish my iPhone possessed.  However it seems it could face a road block similar to the Windows OS.

In another year we will have 100’s of Android models on the market.  This “one” is still on 2.1 and can’t upgrade to 2.2 or 2.3.  This “one” can but the manufacturer is late in getting the upgrade out and it is filled with bugs.  Could this not lead to market confusion or OS instability?  I am aware that the iPhone 4 software will only work on the 3GS and above but there are significantly fewer models for confusion.

Apple has a closed app store with some inconsistent policies.  Apple frustrates me with it’s seemingly anti-competitive stance on some apps that provide competition to their own.  However, Apple makes my phone really easy to update, use, maintain, and service.  I love only going to one store for all my shopping.  I like the easy button I guess. I may be naive or foolish, but I do believe that by staying with the iPhone it will remain easy, cutting edge, and of course overpriced.  Eventually I would love to try out an Android phone for a while.  I think the system totally rocks and I love open source.  I’m just concerned that with it “easy” disappears.