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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Stop adevertising android releases.
by dsmogor on Thu 16th Feb 2012 00:16 UTC
dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

Google should simply stop making big whizz bang about Android releases leaving that for more obscure developer and partners conferences. Turning Android release names into marketing codes directed towards the consumer was a major mistake.
By creating a demand they can't fullfill they are only hurting themselves.
Managing API evolution is another matter. There's really no reason that besides hw related innovation that is tied to given device for its lifetime new APIs couldn't be released and distributed as software components separate from the core OS. The fragments API is first step.
Hopefully ICS looks to be a major milestone in android lifetime that will follow with less frequent majors.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

I hope they put less and less stuff in the releases and more and more components in the Android Market.
People care about apps and features. If you get all apps and features via Market updates then not getting new major release won't be that infuriating for people.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

They really should break all that stuff out.

The only problem is how security problems in the stuff they can't push into the Market are handled. I can live without updated apps, but major security holes need to be closed.

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

+1. The fact that Google markets new versions of the OS heavily knowing full well that maybe a handful of actual people will actually be able to use it is an issue.

They chose a more open model for Android and thus should treat the project like most open source projects where most developers/people would have used/downloaded the beta well before a .0 release. They can't market their OS like Apple does. Even then Apple releases iOS betas to developers well in advance of the actual release to the masses.

Imagine not being able to download betas for your distro of choice. That is basically the situation here. That puts everyone at a disadvantage, including Google apparently.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

This could all be resolved by forcing the vendors to unlock their bootloader's and disclose all the changes (drivers, patches, updates) so that it can all merge back into a single tree and Google themselves simply make regular builds and address anything that breaks. If all these drivers were merged into the main kernel tree along with the Android changes we wouldn't even be debating this topic but due to the clusterfuck that now exists because of the way Android is developed and integrated this is why we're at this current impasse.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

If all these drivers were merged into the main kernel tree along with the Android changes we wouldn't even be debating this topic but due to the clusterf--k that now exists because of the way Android is developed and integrated this is why we're at this current impasse.


True. Unfortunately that isn't the first hurdle. The first hurdle is to get manufacturers to stop using binary blobs everywhere. Only with the source you can smoothly transition between kernels, otherwise you're being cut off by the ABI changes. I have ICS running on my htc vision but the only reason the camera works is because someone used a hex editor on the camera blob.

Edited 2012-02-16 08:44 UTC

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Android partners will never give they proprietary bits away for free. Besides price and nice shell this is their only diffrentiator and a compettitive advantage . This not only amounts to crappy launchers but optimized hw drivers and drivers for custom (like digitizer in Note) hw and whatnot. Not In a world where countless low margin PC box mover companies are breathing on their necks. If you want open device buy in Maemo before it's killed.

Edited 2012-02-16 10:38 UTC

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