Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 16:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless And another case of the internet apparently wielding more influence than it seems to. To much dismay, Samsung announced last week that several of its popular smartphones, most notably the Samsung Galaxy S, would not be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. The internet backlash was palpable, and today, word on the street is that Samsung is reconsidering its position.
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RE: Why custom skins to begin with?
by zima on Sat 31st Dec 2011 01:46 UTC in reply to "Why custom skins to begin with?"
zima
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2005-07-06

"Skins" seem to be how mobile manufacturers try to find some way to differentiate themselves, they don't want to become just ~like PC OEMs. Also not doing, software-wise, quite the same things as the PC ones - adding to the OS not some trash mostly lurking on the sidelines, but top-down customization, "new" UI, which hopefully (in their eyes) will make people "used to" them.

Anyway, there are manufacturers hardly doing any modifications - and yeah, they might as well take over ...coming largely from the same place where PCs are made: ZTE, Huawei (those two perhaps not visible too much, but with explosive growth), partly LG.

PS. And "superiority" of Nexus has a hefty price tag, for vast majority of people it's most likely better to get 3-4x less expensive handset (for example, from one of the 3 mentioned above) and replace it only slightly sooner than a Nexus would dictate (anyway, I suspect that an average Nexus owner is among the "often upgrading" half)

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