Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:36 UTC
Google Forget patent trolling - Android's biggest weakness, and most daunting obstacle to overcome, is its complete and utter lack of updates. Motorola has detailed its upgrade plans for Ice Cream Sandwich - and it ain't good. If the company Google just bought can't even update its phones properly, what can we expect from the rest?
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RE[4]: ICS is a big change...
by _txf_ on Thu 16th Feb 2012 09:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ICS is a big change..."
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What a load of crap - call me back when I can download and compile a bog standard vanilla Android source code (kernel and user land) and load it onto a phone without having to jump through a dozen fiery hoops because of locked bootloaders and the vendor refusing to provide the source code to their drivers. "Guts exposed" is a load of crap - if they were exposed I'd be able to do the former without having to hack the living crap out of the source code just to get the thing working on my phone.

Edit: Sorry if I sounded like a bit of a rude prick in the post.

Certainly you have a point (see my other post), but partially exposed is miles better not exposed.

I am running ICS on my phone (it isn't particularly fast but it IS stable).

AFAIK SGS2 does allow you to unlock the bootloader easily. HTC and SE allow you to do this as well (Ironically not Motorola).

Also as an engineer I don't mind jumping through hoops (compiling etc), it is a tradeoff and part of the fun, If I wanted to stay ignorant I would have gone with WP7 or iOS. Basically I'm advocating against everybody being a dumb consumer and just expecting everything to be fed to them (Imagine if everybody had an iPhone...that would be horrible)

Noted that with closed drivers those hoops do get quite hot at times...

Edited 2012-02-16 09:37 UTC

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