Yes. If you have an old or "budget" phone, you won't see Jelly Bean or even ICS. That is the drawback of multiple manufacturers designing Android phones. No argument there. Props to Apple for having 1 hardware developer and ensuring that a large number of their users will get updates as time goes by.
But the innovation is there. Google is doing what a developer should do, breaking new ground and unveiling new technologies. If you want to stay up-to-date on technology, you have to buy new technology.
Is it really "old or budget" phones though? My work phone is a Droid 4. It doesn't have ICS on it. Sure it's "scheduled" to get it at some point but that doesn't mean it will happen any time soon if at all. And it's a phone that I got when I started in March so it's not like it's an old phone by any stretch. And I'm not sure it's possible to "stay up to date" on technology. By the time you buy the "newest tech" then the next newest tech is on the horizon. Phones are the worst simply because you end up locked into a contract which means you're going to have to pay a ton of money to "stay up to date".
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