Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Jan 2014 20:00 UTC
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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 Luminair on Sun 19th Jan 2014 06:06 UTC
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It seems to me that the problem is binary compatibility, not updates. The days of Android being a clusterfuck of hardware are over. If a company isn't updating their phone it's just because they don't care to. But if binary compatibility is broken, it is because technology is moving.

Android will soon be at the point Windows was over a decade ago: stable, boring, unmoving, and so wonderful.

64bit ARM will be ubiquitous from 2015 into the 2020s and beyond, and if Google is doing their job right, they've planned far in advance to begin a long legacy of binary compatibility.

Meanwhile, if your phone company doesn't care to update yours, you might pay a modder or ROM company like Cyanogen to update it for you, and then pick another phone company next time.

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