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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RE[2]: Importance
by phoenix on Mon 20th Jan 2014 00:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Importance"
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4.3 is where Android finally became "good enough". The fixed all the jankiness in the UI, they fixed all the battery sucking wakelock issues, they improved filesystem throughput issues, they added TRIM support, the building blocks for multiple user accounts are in place. Beyond 4.3 there's not much in the way of revolutionary changes (with the possible exception of ART once it stabilises in 4.5/5.0).

However, there are *huge* changes going from pre-4.3 to 4.3.

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