Almost ALL Android Devices are "Abandoned" on the day you buy them;
Literally the only Android device I've got which got no updates is the Sony Xperia Play. I learned my lesson, and Sony can DIAF. (They explicitly promised ICS for it, but never delivered.) Every other device I've got has had at least two substantial upgrades, or will be getting them. TF201 got two. Moto G had one, is getting another. Nexus 4, not a problem. My crappy MK908 TV stick had two updates. All of these devices got at least a couple of years of support.
If this is such a non-issue, then why have there been hundreds, if not thousands, of posts by frustrated Android users, and dozens of articles ( including the one you and I are posting under), that say differently?
YOU brought up length-of-OFFICIAL-Support. you lose.
You don't even understand the argument, iFanboy. The argument is that once official support is over, your iDevice is garbage. At least there's a chance that someone will support your Android device. Now go throw your old Apple devices in the landfill and shut the fuck up.
Well, at the expense of possibly making part of your argument for you, even after Apple ends Official support for a particular Device, which is almost always long after that device is pretty-much completely out-of-circulation, you aren't screwed. For example, Apple produced iOS 5.1.1 in May, 2012, which was compatible clear back to the first iPad, and the iPod Touch, 3rd Gen, iOS 6.1.6 in February, 2014, which was compatible with the iPhone 3GS, and the iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iOS 7.1.2 in June, 2014, which supported iPhone 4 (with a separate release of TVOS that worked with 2nd gen AppleTV). Anything newer is fully supported up through the present iOS 9.0.2.
But even after that completely reasonable length of OFFICIAL support, those few that are still rockin' that "antique" kit are free to Jailbreak their iOS devices, and take their chances with "Custom ROMS" from sources like Cydia.
I don't endorse that, because it opens a User (and their data) up to the same things I was arguing against for Android; but it does somewhat negate your argument, et that, once IOS Devices are EOLed, they should IMMEDIATELY be "Landfilled".