Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Jan 2014 20:00 UTC

To be sure, it's no magic solution to the gargantuan task of moving the entire Android ecosystem forward. And the update situation for non-flagship devices remains something of a crapshoot. But it's a start, and a big step in the right direction. And as we move from Jelly Bean into the KitKat era, it's enough to give us some hope for the future of Android updates.

Read on to find out why.

Still Android's biggest weakness. Baby steps are made, but a solution there is not.

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by jessesmith on Sat 18th Jan 2014 20:44 UTC
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The article covers a lot of ground, but one thing I feel is missing is why it is so important for users to be able to update their phones to the latest Android release. I've talked to a handful of Android users and most of them don't know which version of the OS they are running, let alone what updates might be available. Heck, I have an Android device (running 4.0) and I'm not particularly interested in upgrading. I've played with the latest releases and there isn't any killer feature there I need.

I agree it would be nice to have the option of upgrading available, especially for people who like to tinker, but given the very short life cycle of most mobile devices, is an upgrade really required? Most people will upgrade anyway for the hardware improvements.

Not saying upgrades are bad or un-needed, just wondering how many people would really take the upgrade path and (assuming they do) how many bricked devices might result from complications? I get a lot of panicked messages when iOS updates come out from my iDevice friends and I really don't want to field those same issues with Android users too.

Edited 2014-01-18 20:46 UTC

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