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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by kurkosdr on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 22:56 UTC
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"My Nexus S has random restarts after upgraded to ICS, as well as dramatically reduced battery life.This is the official update, no custom ROM."

Meet the Linux kernel disease. Where the driver model ("ABI") gets changed every now and then, and upgrades never go smoothly (or drivers must be rewritten every damn time).

Sure, Google forked the Linux kernel in later versions, but Android has inherited the disease.

Everytime someone blames OEMs and carriers as the major cause of Android's upgrade problems, I point out the upgrade problems of the Nexus S, and tell them how OEMs and carriers are supposed to care, if Google can't or doesn't care.

Hurts me to say it (I am an Android fan), but Android has made me appreciate the effort Microsoft has put into defining kernel architectures, so the driver model is kept stable for 6 years at least. Oh, and not releasing "major" versions every 6 months.

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