VERY true. What they should have done is release a message along with the 1.1 update (whenever that's ready). Then the message wouldn't ring hollow because there'd be some actions to back it up with. Yes, people would still be angry at the lack of communication leading up to the 1.1 release, but the end result would be much better.
Not to be pedantic but presumably this message is being ahead of the January update. It's not exactly a long wait.