Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Jun 2013 17:33 UTC
Google "There's a leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM out in the wild this morning, in the form of a pre-release build for the 'Google Play edition' Galaxy S4. It's also been ported to the European LTE Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505) in the form of a custom ROM, courtesy of the original source of the leak, Samsung fansite SamMobile. We've fired up that ROM on our European GS4 and shot a quick hands-on video, giving an early glimpse of the next version of Android." Few changes.
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RE[2]: What a surprise !
by Kochise on Sat 29th Jun 2013 07:13 UTC in reply to "RE: What a surprise !"
Kochise
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I have an Android 4.x capable hardware that the OEM decided not to update after Android... 2.3. Go figure. Of course, no ROM source code available, no datasheet, the OEM just decided to abandon the platform.

Fragmentation ? What can Google do to force OEM to upgrade their various Android implementations and keep them up to date ? Nothing.

Would it be easier for OEMs to upgrade from Android 4.x to 5.0, will(ing) they do it ? No sure, because Android 5.0 will add a value to the new devices sold with, and OEMs have to sell new devices, not support old ones. That's HTC's fate and misfortune.

So my Android 2.3 device will never know Android 4, even less Android 5. So what's the point of making "little steps" ?

Kochise

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