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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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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