Originally Posted by KOLIO
It's open to debate, depending on the depth/scope of such, especially a jump to say ANDROID 4.0 > 4.1, which brought about PROJECT BUTTER.
For example,the MOTOROLA XYBOARD is a great tablet,but, sorely lacks ANDROID 4.1,being forever marooned on 4.0.4,which would have probably kept me from selling mine. As it is a full featured top-notch device, having a beautiful display/dual cameras/HD video/dual speakers/I-R BLASTER, etc...., it lacked the smoothness of ANDROID 4.1, a deal breaker, IMHO, once you've tried any device w/it.
However, for the most part, I agree w/your view on fast updates. Of course it's nice to get them in a timely manner, but, more often than not, there's more hype than substance surrounding most updates.
I would assume that the huge impetus behind users moving to Android in the first place is change, new things, originality, etc...so it's not surprising that they want devices that constantly evolve and improve.
That being said, can we assume that the device's limitations are hinging on UI alone? What I mean, is that obviously Jellybean 4.1 works well or whatever, but do we assume that a two year old device that 4.1 is not available for would work THAT much better with it? What maxes out first: the software or the hardware trying to run the software?
And then...at the end of the day there's the $$$ issue...if there's nothing new to buy, nobody's gonna wanna spend money.