Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE[7]: Mistake by Google
by Neolander on Tue 16th Aug 2011 09:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Mistake by Google"
Neolander
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LOL, what are you talking about? Gingerbread was released in Dec 2010, but Google announced it WAY before then. I couldn't find the exact announcement date, but I found a couple of articles from June 2010 that talked about it, so they announced it at LEAST a good six months before releasing it. I think they announced ice cream sandwich back in January.

Then they could 1/announce it later and 2/synchronize release on all manufacturers. I really think that's a communication problem, due to Google doing stuff in their corner instead of communicating with their partners. When Microsoft label a new version of Windows as released, you find it in every computer store in the following month, generally less.

And anyway, it looks like the Droid Incredible (the phone I have) will finally be getting Gingerbread, only 8 months after it was released. That is INEXCUSABLE!! And companies are still as of a month or two ago) releasing phones with Froyo (2.2) installed. I just want a phone where I can get new updates in a month or so, or in less time than that if it's minor update to fix a vulnerability. IMHO, I don't think that's too much to ask for.

Now, as a first goal, they're announcing 18 months ( http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/android-momentum-mobile-and-... ), and claiming they can do more later (without going into more details about what's "more"). So guess that's not enough for you. Myself, as long as I have my minor security updates, I'm happy.

I'm sort against feature updates on old devices the way we do them currently, because manufacturers test them insufficiently on old hardware (remember iOS 4 on iPhone 3G ?), and as such these updates break stuff and can't be installed with confidence. If manufacturers are not going to test their updates, they can say it and not release the update at all, that's fine by me. I paid for a set of features when I bought my device, no need for more. But security and stability are features, so they need to take care of them through minor updates.

I mean, more as in better overall quality, but I suppose that is subjective, depending on what you want to do.

Guess so too. So far, only few mobile apps have proved themselves worthy of staying very long on my devices. These mostly corrected what the manufacturer had done wrong in the bundled feature set (home screen widgets, Opera Mobile/Mini), which is forbidden by Apple. Others were essentially funny toys to play with for a minute, then became quickly boring.

Would love to, if they would just release one on Verizon ;) In the US, if you want a carrier with decent coverage, your only two optiosn are AT&T and Verizon. And well, I've had enough experience with AT&T to know that I'd rather tongue the sweaty asshole of a Kenyan marathon runner than to deal with those f**ktards again.

Can't you buy the phone unlocked ? Following the links from www.google.com/nexus, I've quickly found this one : http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Nexus-Unlocked-Phone--U-S-Warranty/dp...

I buy all of my phones unlocked for two reasons. First, it makes me see the real price of things, which is always enlightening and forces me to ask myself the question "what do I need ?" instead of going for what's essentially a credit contract. Second, I can use whatever mobile plan suits my needs best, instead of going for the crazily-priced ones. Third, carriers don't tamper with my phones before I use them, which means no stupid carrier-specific bundled crap and useful stuff like tethering is still there.

Having said all that, things are not exactly rosey on iOS either... you just have to decide which set of annoyances on either platform bother you the most ;)

Or, as I say it, which is the least painful ;)

Edited 2011-08-16 09:27 UTC

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