Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Google Through the Google Play Store, the next version of Android has been confirmed: Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. I'm hoping for just a single new feature: something to address the update mess. I don't care how, as long as they do something.
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ICS on Evo4g
by boxy on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 18:41 UTC
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TL;DR - I'm an ICS fan.

I had heard people were getting better battery life (stock battery, 1500mAh) with ICS, so I wanted to try it out.

My first ICS experience was deck's pre-alphas. My battery went from 12 hours idle (max) to a day and a half. I think the original kernel had wakelock issues that prevented it from properly idling. Anyway, I used this ICS ROM for 5 months even though anything involving location (including Navigation and Maps) would immediately reboot the phone. The extra battery life was well worth it.

Recently I switched to an unoffical CM9 and it blows everything else out of the water. Here's the specs:

Model number: PC36100
Android version: 4.0.4
Baseband version:
Kernel version: #1
CyanogenMod version: 9.0.0-RC0-supersonic-UNOFFICIAL
Build date: Wed May 30 16:17:49 MST 2012
Build number: cm_supersonic-userdebug 4.0.4 IMM761 eng.jmz.20120530.161735 test-keys

With this ROM, I still get at least 1.5 days idle battery, though in reality, it's closer to 2 days. The kernel also has hardware accelerated graphics, so the Chrome browser finally works. Also, the ROM has been rock solid so far (used it for a few weeks).

All-in-all, I love ICS. The only thing I miss is 4g (WiMax) connectivity. I'm not sure we'll ever get that on the Evo because of binary blob drivers, but you never know - I didn't think we'd get hardware accelerated graphics, either.

When the ICS source was released, I immediately wanted to know if my then-18-month-old phone had good enough hardware to run it. Well, it turns out that if you actually utilize the damn hardware (aka have proper drivers), and you don't have a shit-ton of manufacturer pre-installed crapware, ICS runs like a dream, even on now 2-year-old hardware.

* rant

This REALLY opened my eyes to just how terrible the combination of manufacturer-customized-Android plus shitty drivers can be.

The cynic in me thinks that manufacturers produce sub-par Android experiences in order to lure users into a perpetual 2 year upgrade cycle. To me, it would make a lot more sense to keep your customers happy with proper hardware support than to put out barely "working" phones and call it a day.

The best solution would be for hardware manufacturers to provide a combination of full technical specifications as well as open source drivers for the hardware they make. Individually, hardware specs or open source drivers would be great. Together, they would be fantastic.

Don't even get me started on the ethical issues (energy inefficiencies, tech waste, monetary waste, etc) of the 2 year upgrade cycle.

* end rant

For these reasons, my next phone will be the one with the most open hardware. Thanks to the effort of the custom ROM community, though, I won't need another phone for a long, long time.

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