Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Sep 2014 23:11 UTC

Oh, right, there's an entirely new version of Android right around the corner. It could be days away, it could be weeks away. We're not totally sure what Google has planned for what is easily the most ambitious and promising update to the platform since Android 2.1. It's easy to forget that there's a whole new world right around the corner, because Android is in this seemingly constant state of change now. We have core apps updating on a regular and consistent bases, manufacturers pushing their apps to the Play Store in order to update them in a timely manner, and the beating heart of the platform is on a six week release cycle. Of all the incredible things that we saw and heard about at Google I/O this year, Sundar Pichai's announcement that Google Play Services would be updating and improving every six weeks is one of those things that didn't get nearly as much attention as it probably should have.

It really is quite remarkable. In some ways, Android is starting to faintly look like a rolling release, with more and more core smartphone applications, as well as several core smartphone APIs, updated continuously through Google Play. The pace is quick, and I like it.

Still, the Android update situation has not been resolved. There's a lot more work to do.

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RE[4]: A LONG way to go
by badtz on Sun 21st Sep 2014 01:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A LONG way to go"
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Apple uses 64bit as another marketing gimmick. It offers no real advantages at this stage. Real world benchmarks show that Apple phones are slower than other flagships.

Apple is a a design studio. ALL their hardware is produced by other companies. SAMSUNG makes the Apple 64 bit CPU.

There is NO way an iPhone 6 costs $338 to build. The hardware is only marginally better than the sub $200 Moto G. Apple simply sells mid range hardware at very high prices.

A lot of misinformation in this post.

64-bit was not a marketing gimmick.... the only benefit was not address spacing. Please refer to Anantech with their thorough review of the 64-bit processor Apple used in the 5S... it had real world consequential benefits as a result. And it beat out the performance of ALL mobile phones at the time of launch.

Apple designs most of their own hardware... they are fabricated with their partners (including Samsung), but the designs are solely their own. Which is why they're able to tweak their designs and have historically gotten more performance out of them than equivalent processors. Why would Samsung need to CHEAT on benchmark tests if they are always the best?

At the end of the day, it's not about what looks best on paper, it's about the entire unit as a whole, and how software and hardware coexist and optimized for each other.

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