Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Aug 2016 22:30 UTC
Android

Here's a simple truth we all probably know in the back of our minds - you don't need to get a new version of Android because not much will seem different. The home screen or app drawer may have a tweak or two, and there will be one feature we would like to have, but the apps we use are going to look and function the exact same. The things we do, like messaging or Facebook, won't use any of the new features developers have available for a while, and apps that do include the latest cool developer feature will be few and far between for quite a while.

That sucks.

Yeah. That really sucks. But there's nothing most of us can do about it since we're not building phone operating systems or apps ourselves. And we can't get mad at the developers who make the apps, because of another simple truth: phones not getting fast updates are hurting the Android platform.

Google doesn't care.

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does not matter
by fkooman on Thu 1st Sep 2016 08:01 UTC
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> The things we do, like messaging or Facebook, won't use any of the new features developers have available for a while, and apps that do include the latest cool developer feature will be few and far between for quite a while.

Actually that is true. Android 4.x is complete enough for everything. The things that didn't work in 4.x would be simple bug fixes, like to the VPN service, IPv6 and a few other things. The new features in 5.x, 6.x and 7.x do not add anything for the normal user. I'd be totally happy with an Android AOSP 4.x LTS that receives security updates, and I guess most users ;)

Windows XP is also good enough for most users if it would still receive security updates.

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