Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 23:49 UTC, submitted by bowkota
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Ballmer's visit takes place shortly after LG Electronics' executive said during an earnings conference session last week that the company is planning to focus on smartphones running on Google's Android mobile operating system. The executive also said LG is taking a step back from Windows phones powered by Microsoft's platform, adding that it will 'continue research and development efforts' on Windows Phones." Anyone surprised by this should have their peepers checked.
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broken_symlink asked...

Something I have always wondered about everytime I hear someone complain about not getting ICS is exactly what features are there in ICS that you absolutely need?

I mean if your phone already works fine for you and you are happy then why do you need ICS?

The only app I can think of that even requires ICS in order to run is chrome.

Well definitely Chrome if you're coming from the Google perspective and want to keep even more tabs on your users. ;-P

Seriously though the answer is bug fixes and optimizations. The way things work now the only real way to get bugfixes or access some of the optimizations made between versions of Android is to upgrade. Since most of the various ports are hampered by lack of drivers for such basic items as cameras, bluetooth, and in one case headphone jacks people really prefer to get an official release from the carrier to build on so everything works.

If drivers were completely GPL and available to build by the community I predict much of the clamoring for carrier released updates would fade away and people would just use what was available in the CM9 and ASOP ports for their devices. Until that happens expect the bitching to continue...


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