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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RE[2]: ICS is a big change...
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 16th Feb 2012 00:14 UTC in reply to "RE: ICS is a big change..."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

most vendors just got ICS when it was released


There's yer problem.

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RE[3]: ICS is a big change...
by kragil on Thu 16th Feb 2012 00:25 in reply to "RE[2]: ICS is a big change..."
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

That is the problem with throw-over-the-wall open source with added dependencies to closed source (drivers, vendor value-subtractions)
I really hope the Lima project finishes its Mali GPU drivers soon. My next phone will be all ARM (as in with Mali GPU) and hopefully that will make updating and running other FOSS systems (Mer, Tizen) fairly easy (Linux 1.0 easy)

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RE[4]: ICS is a big change...
by 0brad0 on Thu 16th Feb 2012 04:19 in reply to "RE[3]: ICS is a big change..."
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05


My next phone will be all ARM (as in with Mali GPU) and hopefully that will make updating and running other FOSS systems (Mer, Tizen) fairly easy (Linux 1.0 easy)


LOL. Soo naive.

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RE[4]: ICS is a big change...
by Kivada on Thu 16th Feb 2012 11:57 in reply to "RE[3]: ICS is a big change..."
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

You can get essentially that from here http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-main/ It's about as OSS friendly a phone as you can get.

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RE[3]: ICS is a big change...
by 0brad0 on Thu 16th Feb 2012 04:22 in reply to "RE[2]: ICS is a big change..."
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

" most vendors just got ICS when it was released


There's yer problem.
"

That's a serious flaw in the development process. If things were done properly the OEM vendors would be involved from start to finish and it wouldn't be a mad dash at the end once the source is dumped to the OEM's.

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RE[3]: ICS is a big change...
by arpan on Thu 16th Feb 2012 08:28 in reply to "RE[2]: ICS is a big change..."
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Exactly. The vendors are part of the problem, but the main problem lies with Google. They want all these partners, but they refuse to give them access to the code until they release their own phone with the final version.

This is also bad for developers, since if Google released beta versions, they would be able to test and prepare their apps for the final release rather than having to go out and buy a new phone when it becomes available just to test their apps on the newest version.

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