Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:36 UTC
Google Forget patent trolling - Android's biggest weakness, and most daunting obstacle to overcome, is its complete and utter lack of updates. Motorola has detailed its upgrade plans for Ice Cream Sandwich - and it ain't good. If the company Google just bought can't even update its phones properly, what can we expect from the rest?
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umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

When you buy a PC with Windows 7 do you expect to get a free/automatic upgrade to Windows 8? Geeks don't like it, but the average Android user doesn't give a fuck.


That's somewhat different - at least you can go out and *buy* Windows 8 yourself in most cases... One might argue that the version of Android you run doesn't matter, but if you're still stuck on Gingerbread, then there are an increasing number of apps that you can't run now.

Here, however, users are stuck waiting for the vendor to provide the update, rather than going out and buying it themselves... except for those who run a 3rd party ROM such as CyanogenMod or something.

FWIW, several of us even have ICS running on our HP Touchpads, albeit buggy.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

From the 700000 (or whatever many fart apps there are) apps you can't run what? Chrome and a handful of other apps?
Like I said no normal person gives a shit, because they are very unlikely to ever hear about those. Geeky people will go crazy and write bad stuff on the intertubes, but they are not the majority .. sadly ;-)

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

you can't run what? Chrome and a handful of other apps?


I've run into a few apps I wanted to try on the Touchpad running Gingerbread and couldn't because they required Honeycomb (which was not widely available) or higher...

For example, this one: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.subhog.antipaper.notes

But hey, go ahead and tell me I'm just a geek, and my opinion doesn't matter, I'm used to it.

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earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

It's not just about apps (spoken like a geek yourself, sir!) Having installed ICS stock on a Samsung Galaxy S, I can tell you that it is light years slicker than Gingerbread. "Real" users will want that.

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dpanov Member since:
2009-01-12

Geeky people are the people that give advice to their non-geeky friends. They don't need to be a majority to influence the sales of one platform or another.

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Panajev Member since:
2008-01-09

From the 700000 (or whatever many fart apps there are) apps you can't run what? Chrome and a handful of other apps?
Like I said no normal person gives a shit, because they are very unlikely to ever hear about those. Geeky people will go crazy and write bad stuff on the intertubes, but they are not the majority .. sadly ;-)


How about developers writing Android apps. It's frustrating being, lots of the time, limited to Android 2.1-2.2 for all intents and purposes... Gingerbread is getting onmore and more devices, but anything developed with something post 2.1 in mind is going to be niche. To reach wide numbers on Android means looking at all the sweet stuff Google release in new updates and keep coding with much older stuff.

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