Brian Barrett of Gizmodo writes: "We've reached the point where buying a "new" Android phone could still mean you're using firmware that's 18 months old. There's got to be a better way.
Today's release of the Android 1.5-laden Dell Aero might be the most recent (and egregious) example of a manufacturer gimping its product's operating system, but it's a problem that affects nearly every phone release these days.
It's a rough landscape for cellphone shoppers, who've faced four major releases with four different firmwares in just the last couple of months: Droid X launched with Android 2.1, Droid 2 followed with Froyo, while Dell Streak had Android 1.6 along for the ride. And today, Aero."