Xceed 1.5 4 DCT
I'm sorry but whilst I understand your frustration I have disagree with what you say here.1. I have no idea, nor does KIA UK itself - I recon some money saving ideas were implemented in KIA HQ in Korea and these are the results. KIA UK was provided with "a software" and that's it.
The are no release notes, nor changes listed out.
2. I disagree. Yes, basic android is the same and each manufacturer puts their own flavour on it, but KIA is one brand with "different handsets" (cars). If you want to go down that route please take a look at Samsung - different smartphones with different hardware, but the software is all the same - you won't have some features if the relevant hardware is not there - this is the only difference. So translating this to cars - Niro would have some features which Ceed won't have, as one is electric the other not, but both cars are the same brand.
This is another example why KIA has failed - they wanted to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Yes, innovation and development is unstoppable, but they have taken wrong approach - purely money saving IMO.
Again, as you have brought in Android to this discussion - older phones of the same manufacturer have some time limitation in software updates, where at some point (2 or 3 years after production date) they switch to providing only security patches, not major software overhaul (different android versions).
Now KIA promises 6 years of free updates, which are provided free, but to have it applied you need to pay (only in the UK tough)
There is no integrity in software at all.
They create mess after mess with this.
1. Kia know very well who supplies their navigation software, it may be different on each model as might the map data although I suspect this is provided in a standard form so that they can change map data supplier from time to time.
2. There is no reason why any features in different car models should be the same across various models and this extends to head units. It might be beneficial for the manufacturer to keep common software across their range but personally I would argue that this creates such a big head ache they would be best to avoid it. However, there are good reasons to create a common look and feel across their models as this gives brand synergy as is done with the likes of Samsung but this does not mean that the same systems need to be employed to achieve this.
3. Kia are not offering 6 years of free software updates, what they have advertised (but then said it was an error) is offer 6 annual map updates on two models.