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Submission + - Dark Side of Android (

An anonymous reader writes: The dark side of android is that carriers/manufacturers can abandon phones/users/customers without having to release the source or host/assist customer upgrade efforts. This issue is very prominently typified by the Motorola I1 debacle.

In late spring of 2010 Motorola released an Android 1.5 IDEN push-to-talk phone, and the masses obviously wanted and expected an Android update as apps for the 1.5 were already dwindiing. Then in Feb 2011 it was announced that the i1 would remain version 1.5 forever. This PR nightmare is evident on the official Motorola support forums with a thread that topped out at 682 posts before being locked by the admins. The thread had morphed into a place to vent frustrations with Motorola/Boost and to discuss options for custom firmware for the abandoned phone.

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