Google announced the "Android Update Alliance" in May 2011, promising timely updates for 18 months. The "alliance" has never been mentioned since. I bought my last Android phone when LTE was first becoming available on Verizon. These were the functionally leading phones of the time because they had LTE. How have they fared? HTC Thunderbolt: Updated to Gingerbread 2.3. ICS promised for August 2012. Delayed. No word on availability. Still extremely buggy. Samsung Charge: Updated to Gingerbread. Bug fix update recently. No word on ICS. Not promised. Motorola Bionic: ICS update promised, but just delayed (9/29/2012) to 4Q2012. LG Revolution: Updated to Gingerbread but will not be getting ICS. These phones were released April-June 2011, roughly 17 months ago, less than a year and a half ago. Instead of adding support, manufacturers are announcing that they're giving up on updates, Motorola announced 9/29/2012 that they would not provide ICS to phones they had previously committed, including the Atrix 4G, Photon 4G, Electrify. HTC announced that the Desire HD would not get ICS after working on it for 9 months. Will the Galaxy S3 fare any better than the Samsung Charge? NONE of these phones have been updated to ICS, Android 4.0 released ONE YEAR AGO despite Google's pledge. So... 5 months after these phones were released, a new version of Android is released and they have not yet (or ever) received this update. Android has gone through the following major releases, 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.1 Honeycomb, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and now 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most of these phones received an update to 2.3 Gingerbread but not even ICS a year after release. Will they get Jelly Bean? Not likely. This needs to come back and haunt Android. There needs to be accountability. The latest phones always have lots of neat sounding features that may or may not work. But don't kid yourself thinking they will be fixed or that new versions of Android will be released for devices no longer sold. Manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG) simply have no incentive to provide updates after the phones are no longer manufactured. They only care if you buy a new phone. Its a different business model, traditional cell phone electronics appliance sales, vs. Apple with their ecosystem trying to get you locked in and halo into other products. Google releases ICS October 19, 2011. Here we are a year later and NONE of the LTE phones released only 17 months ago have received this update. Meanwhile iPhone 3GS released 6/2009, 40 months ago is receiving not just one but the latest update.