Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Sep 2017 22:20 UTC, submitted by Jaikrishnan

Ars has a very detailed review - more of an in-depth deconstruction, to be honest, and that's a good thing - of Android 8.0 Oreo.

Take a closer look at Oreo and you really can see the focus on fundamentals. Google is revamping the notification system with a new layout, new controls, and a new color scheme. It's taking responsibility for Android security with a Google-branded security solution. App background processing has been reined in, hopefully providing better battery life and more consistent performance. There's even been some work done on Android's perpetual update problem, with Project Treble allowing for easier update development and streaming updates allowing for easier installation by users. And, as with every release, more parts of Android get more modularized, with emojis and GPU driver updates now available without an OS update.

Saving this one for tomorrow.

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RE[2]: Great...
by fmaxwell on Wed 6th Sep 2017 08:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Great..."
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Most devices are released and forgotten right away by their manufacturers, so nothing will change.

Most Android devices are. Apple has an admirable record of long-term support and simultaneous upgrades for their smartphones and tablets. The current version of iOS (10) supports iPhones all of the way back to the 2012 iPhone 5. On the day of its release, it was available for every supported iPhone.

Android manufacturers appear to view product abandonment as a means of driving sales of new devices: If you want the new features and security fixes of the current version of Android, then buy our new smartphone.

Apple's closed ecosystem offers huge advantages in the development, testing, and deployment of OS upgrades. For consumers who view smartphones as essential tools for their lives, rather than as toys or hobbies, Apple's approach has a lot of appeal.

Edited 2017-09-06 08:17 UTC

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