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[8]: A LONG way to go
by sultanqasim on Sun 21st Sep 2014 18:38 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: A LONG way to go"
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I'll grant you that the A8 is only 25% faster than the A7, but the A7 was in a different league from other ARM cores available at the time.

It is true that a the 1.4 GHz dual core Apple A8 can beat the quad core 2.56 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AC (Snapdragon 801) in multicore performance. In single core performance, the 1.4 GHz A8 is almost twice as fast at the 2.56 GHz MSM8974. See for yourself:

The Apple A8 is not an ARM design. It uses the ARM AArch64 instruction set, but it is a completely new core whose MIPS/MHz rating is much greater than the ARM A15, A57, or Qualcomm Krait 400.

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