But the system images are. That's kind of the point.
What good are the "system images" if you can't update your phone with it -- unless you are one of the tiny minority that have non-Verizon Nexus devices?
- Three years from when the device first became available on the Google Store
- Or, 18 months after the device stopped being sold on the Google Store
For how long does Apple promise to support their handsets?
Lets look at history:
-last update 2/2014
iPhone 4 -
- dropped support with iOS 8 (9/2014)
-still receiving updates
-discontinued 9/2013 still receiving updates
-still receiving updates
iPhone 5s and later are still being sold
So if you bought any iPhone when they were the top of the line phone, you got at least four years of support. If you bought any Nexus phone when they were the top of the line phone, do you still receive updates after four years.
But Nexus phones have never been top sellers. So most Android users aren't buying Nexus phones.
You do realize that the security hole in question is a bug in WebKit, which is more Apple's than Google's; Blink, which replaced WebKit in Android in 2013, is a fork of WebKit, and the issue has been patched there already. Google hasn't actively developed Apple's WebKit since it forked off Blink. Also, Google didn't say they wouldn't issue a patch, only that they wouldn't write one:
WebKit was not "more Apple's than Google's". Before Google split Blink from WebKit, they had just as many commits to the code base as Apple.
Even if that's not the case would you argue that they shouldn't make a security patch in Android that was found in the Linux kernel because it wasn't "theirs"?
Could Apple get away with not patching a vulnerability found in the Darwin kernel because it was actually an issue with BSD?
And the issue was with Google's implementation of the WebView that uses WebKit, iOS didn't have the same vulnerability.
Also, Google not writing their own patch for a 3rd-party library (WebKit) does not negate the 24hr turnaround I've seen on many issues since I've had a Nexus device; something, again, Apple and Microsoft literally never do.
WebKit was not a "third party" library. It was an open source library that Google committed just as much code to as Apple. The code in question was integrated in the AOSP.
Android's ability to be customized to allow for quick access to apps and information (literally tap from the lock screen, then unlock)
Huh? For access to notifications you just swipe down on a locked phone to get to the notification and you swipe right on the actually notification to do some application defined event with it.
Or the notification pop ups directly on the screen depending on how you have notifications set for the app.