Thank you! Only the techies care about the latest IOS update, I agree that most people are happy as long as the device they are using continues to perform in the manner they are accustomed to. Having used Android for years, I can't recall one 'must have' feature of any upgrade. It was nice to have multiple users on the tablet, but now my wife and I each have our own so who cares. It was nice to have better flipping of screens, but my phone doesn't re-orient the menu when turned sideways, and I don't really care. With each new device came a new OS, and while I liked the new features, I continued to use older devices without any problem. My son and son-in-law were both perfectly happy to get our hand-me-downs, and often used them for a couple more years until they became just too broken to use any longer. If anything, the larger issue is how these newer devices physically don't last more than 3-4 years. My Samsung5 phone is suffering from a common problem with an loose internal connector after two years, and will probably not be usable within the next 6 months. Time for an upgrade. With so many people upgrading phones and tablets every couple of years anyway, the lack of a consistent IOS upgrade path isn't an issue.
This is simply a 'made-up' crisis from people who have Apple devices. One of the people that sit next to me at work has an Apple phone, and he is always touting how the latest upgrades just happen. I have a company-issued Apple phone that I never use because the interface is so bad, and have yet to see any IOS update that provided anything of value or made me say 'Hey
I have been very pleased with my Samsung Pro tablet update capabilities. And when I switched from one tablet to another because my old one got stolen, all my stuff came along for the ride. It appears that individual vendors are paying attention and offering features, there is no need for Google to do it.