Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Oct 2011 00:20 UTC
Google "Let's not mince words here: This 'Android and iPhone Update History' chart [OSNews item] is not a good chart. Oh, it's a pretty chart, to be sure artfully illustrated and researched. But this chart - done up by Michael Degusta at The Understatement and reposted by anyone unable to think clearly, apparently - is not a good chart. Or at the very least, it fails to recognize a fundamental difference between Android and iOS and the iPhone."
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RE: lack of tree syncs.
by cmchittom on Mon 31st Oct 2011 13:37 UTC in reply to "lack of tree syncs. "
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How does ubuntu just release a single version that works on 85% of computers out there made by any manufacturer? They have a single tree of code with drivers for a variety of hardware, and no special interfaces for the different computer makes. Its not that impossible, and shouldn't be difficult to do the same on the mobile front. This is the direction that the manufactures need to go in.

While I agree that going in that direction would be beneficial, it happening seems unlikely to me. My understanding is that ARM, unlike the chips commonly used in general-purpose computers, has no standard mechanism (like the BIOS is on x86, for example) to automatically enumerate attached devices to the OS. So the OS has to know, essentially, which phone it's running on in advance (at least until ARM gets its own "BIOS").

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