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I don't know whether I can convince you there
For my personal taste, I like it more to work with ChromeOS than I do with windows, but that depends on the tasks I am up to.
Gaming, of course, is still a thing for windows (big games like WoW and Steam stuff).
But when I am only up to some casual Android gaming, ... yes I'd rather boot up the chromebook than to grab my phone/tablet.
I never experienced anything of what you wrote here - but my hardware is always quite up-to-date (have only A8 devices that are not older than 12-15 months and I change them every 1-2 years - so I never had that abandonware effect too).
Some of the older devices I keep for development to support old hardware too (at least smoke test on those devices but honestly, they are not in my focus. If the app runs, ok, if not, even more ok).
Even in the company we stopped supporting anything below API 21 (= Android 5.0) and very likely we will climb up to a minimum version of 6 for Android by the end of the year. 95% of our customers have 6+ anyways. even android 6 is on a very low percentage meanwhile, so by end of 2019 it will be likely that we set up minimum android 7 for our apps.
We are going more the apple way with the OS version, means... The most recent version plus a maximum of two versions back is supported. not more.
Even Samsung announced a stock android device, finally they stop their silly stupid f**** android customizations with crappy launchers and forced bloatware. Nokia made everything right so far, and I really hope, many will follow, so we can look at an android market that is more streamlined with lesser excessive customizations where we app developers find ourselves in the coders hell.
And this is what chromeOS does, too. You are online with your google account on a stock device. perfect setup.
my hardware is always quite up-to-date (have only A8 devices that are not older than 12-15 months and I change them every 1-2 years - so I never had that abandonware effect too).
Let me repeat (and perhaps clarify) my stance on abandonware: Buying an Android tablet, for me, has always left me feeling like it was already abandonware the moment I purchased the device, just like the old saying that driving a brand new car off the dealer's parking lot automatically makes it drop $1000 in value. The sale is done, they don't want to see you back.
The last one I bought ran 6.0, when 6.x was still pretty new. It's never got any OS update (apps--sure, it seems every time I turn it on, it's got to catch up with dozens of updated apps). Which means that OS-level vulnerabilities still exist. I wouldn't ever do anything important on an Android device for that reason or even link it to important information (like a Google account - which ironically means that ChromeOS, to me, would become a liability rather than an asset as ChromeOS is intrinsically linked to it). I have tablets from Dell, two from Acer, and the other two are so old I don't even remember. They're sitting in a pile somewhere.
After owning 5 such tablets, I certainly don't have the...lets call it..."enthusiasm?"...for Android that some of its more rabid fans have. I'm done spending a few hundred bucks every year or two, and moreso if that's what manufacturers expect me to do. As an end user, I'm not sure how Android 8.x is any different than 6.x or 4.x, but I can't justify the money - and I'm a gadget guy. But, I'm a gadget guy who's stopped drinking the Kool-Aid. If the reason to upgrade is simply "this is what app developers are now targeting", I, as a user, don't see any incentive in that justification. All I see is less and less apps that work on my devices. Honestly, what functionality is in those apps that couldn't have been implemented with an earlier version?
Mike Barthold wrote:
95% of our customers have 6+ anyways.
Self-selection? It only makes sense you don't have any 4.x users if you don't support it.
The graph here, which covers 2013 to 2018, shows that, for the longest time, and only until recently, 4.x represented the largest portion of the market by a fair margin. Even 5.x has never reached 4.x's peak numbers, and 6.x is already on the decline. What this tells me is that the market is badly saturated and fragmented, and the version upgrade pace is increasing, which means older versions are only going to get abandoned even more quickly. I'm not playing that game. I've spent thousands on computers over the decades, but at least here I can wipe them and install a brand new OS to give them a bit of a new life. Why can't I do the same with a tablet sold by manufacturers who aren't interested in supporting their hardware?
I know the spread of the android versions. Our company's app is a business app (paid monthly) and it's a mainly managers who use them. those ppl normally have highend phones and it's very natural that they have "always the latest model".
Our customer base is not representative to the normal worldwide spread of phones/models.
But anyway, it seems we are totally different kind of users, as you say you don't want to link to a google account... I **live** in the cloud, I have no local data anymore, not even source codes (except while writing them of course, but they are all saved in cloud repositorys - not github)
Basically it comes down to: do you trust your cloud provider or not?
But every time when I see friends having trouble with another defect hard drive and tears about lost holiday photos and all that stuff... manman... it could be so simple.
But anyway, it seems we are totally different kind of users, as you say you don't want to link to a google account... I live in the cloud
From my perspective, the risk is that Google ties together way too much information already without linking it also with important stuff. What's at risk when my CP account is compromised? Not much. What's the risk when the same happens to my Google account? That's another story altogether.
Mike Barthold wrote:
But every time when I see friends having trouble with another defect hard drive and tears about lost holiday photos and all that stuff... manman... it could be so simple
Meh. It's called backups, and solid methods have existed long before the cloud.
I have terabytes of data, and a slow WAN connection. "Everything in the cloud" is just impractical for me.