When you’re buying technology, most people realize that eventually, the device will be considered obsolete and no longer able to run new software or hardware accessories. The hope however is that the product you buy will have a sufficient life ahead of it so that you don’t have to face the challenge of an obsolete device anytime soon.
When it comes to Android phones, we’ve seen a few times where companies have launched a device with a certain flavor of Android, only to stop supporting it when a major Android update becomes available, citing insufficient hardware. Some 30 days ago, Samsung came out with their Galaxy S III Android phone which now became their flagship phone for this year. Samsung like any customer that has an interest in Android would have known that Google was planning an Android update with the launch of Jelly Bean on the horizon. In fact, as a Google partner, you would think that they would have had the scoop on Google’s upcoming Android update. If you’re wondering just why the launch of the Galaxy S III was delayed, The Verge has reported that the reason behind this delay had to do with the fact that the phone maker was looking to future proof their product for the US launch. In order to do this, engineers were able to expand the memory to 2GB. As for why they picked 2GB, it’s believed that engineers wanted to be absolutely sure that their new device would have no issues with Jelly Bean and the company was not “100% sure” of just what the new hardware requirements for Jelly Bean were.