Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Oct 2010 12:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Catfight! Get out your mobile phones and start filming, because two important personalities in the mobile world just got into a catfight. After the presentation of Apple's (once again) stellar quarterly results (what's with the low iPad sales, though?), Apple's CEO Steve Jobs went on a bit of a tangent regarding Android (among other things). Google's Andy Rubin, the father of Android, responded in a pretty fun way via Twitter.
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meridianrebel
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2010-08-30

I have a HTC Hero and have spoken with HTC about the lack of an "official" Froyo release for it. In order to get an official Froyo release, it must be requested (a.k.a. "paid for") by the carrier. It's frustrating, to say the least. However, I've been running CyanogenMod on mine and am very happy with Froyo on my HTC Hero. Runs much faster than the stock HTC Sense 2.1 garbage that came on it - not to mention, being able to control my processor speed (underclock when not in use, overclock when in use) has made my battery last 300% longer than it did with the stock HTC Sense bastardization of Android on it. All in all, that's one of the strengths of using an Android phone - being able to do exactly what I did. ;)

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I have a HTC Hero and have spoken with HTC about the lack of an "official" Froyo release for it. In order to get an official Froyo release, it must be requested (a.k.a. "paid for") by the carrier. It's frustrating, to say the least. However, I've been running CyanogenMod on mine and am very happy with Froyo on my HTC Hero. Runs much faster than the stock HTC Sense 2.1 garbage that came on it - not to mention, being able to control my processor speed (underclock when not in use, overclock when in use) has made my battery last 300% longer than it did with the stock HTC Sense bastardization of Android on it. All in all, that's one of the strengths of using an Android phone - being able to do exactly what I did. ;)


Nothing has ever stopped HTC from providing the updates directly to the customer - download an self extracting firmware update and provide it over a USB port. If Telecom NZ/ZTE can provide firmware updates via their website I think that HTC can provide an Android download off their own website for individuals to install onto their phones. To rely on unverified third party ROMs in lieu of real support by the hand set vendor tells me more about the lack of any real customer support by those said companies than any real commitment to providing the sort of support which even Apple is willing to provide to devices over 2 years old (iPhone 3G was released in July 2008 and yet still receiving iOS updates).

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meridianrebel Member since:
2010-08-30

Very good point, and I completely agree. However, I know that some of the carriers here - like Sprint - have their own "tweaks" that they add to Android. For instance, with Sprint, when you open up the Market app, there's a separate Sprint section. I'm sure that other carriers do the same thing. If HTC were to release a vanilla update, it would overwrite the carrier specific stuff and would probably cause the carriers to get upset.

I'm not defending HTC on this. Just saying that the carriers here in the US are part of the problem as well.

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