Re: The update channel on Android is fatally flawed
I would put the carriers as the number one problem. If you go for a brand new phone you might get one update if you are lucky. Get a "free" phone and forget it. Even if there is a newer version of the software available from the manufacture then what is on the phone when you take it out of the box don't expect to ever get the update.
It's been like that forever, they treat phones the same as toasters. When I bought a moto Razor it came with ver 1.0 software that almost worked. There have been at least 3 upgrades released by moto, but zip from the phone company so I had to Debrand the phone so I could install factory software that was usable.
Why would a manufacture upgrade the software for a 2 year old phone if they know that no one will ever see it. I have a nexus 4 and might be looking at the next smallish nexus to come out after the 5x.