Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th May 2013 23:35 UTC, submitted by kragil
Google Ars nails it: "The answer is that Google did announce what amounts to a fairly substantial Android update yesterday. They simply did it without adding to the update fragmentation problems that continue to plague the platform. By focusing on these changes and not the apparently-waiting-in-the-wings update to the core software, Google is showing us one of the ways in which it's trying to fix the update problem."
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If only they could update WebKit...
by brion on Fri 17th May 2013 23:47 UTC
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The ancient and buggy WebKit in Android 2.3 is a thorn in the side of many mobile web developers... some new phones come with Chrome which gets updates, but the webview in the old default Browser app, and in for instance PhoneGap-based apps, only updates with the OS.

The new Google Play services look mostly useless for me; I'd trade them all for a mandatory Browser update with SVG support and sane position:fixed, iframes, scrolling etc.

Even if the WebView stayed awful in other apps, if the default Browser app were upgraded -- hallelujah!

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