Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 17:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is fun. The number one iOS carrier duking it out with the company behind the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Last month, Google's lead for the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, more or less blamed carriers (see comments) for Android's upgrade woes. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson retaliated, blaming Google for the delays. And yes, Google already responded to that, too.
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If it's not a Nexus.. it's not Android
by jabbotts on Wed 9th May 2012 13:06 UTC
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

This is exactly why I wouldn't touch any of the devices outside of the Nexus branding; I wanted Android not a vendor molested forked distribution, I wanted updates when they where available from Google not when some vendor/carrier priesthood decided I was worthy.

If it's not running Google's stock android and getting updates directly then it's not Android; it's just some nock-off child-fork distribution misrepresenting it's branding.

On the up side, I hear Asus is due to ship a mobile running stock ICS; and outside the "nexus" brand no less. Well done Asus.. a vendor who might actually "get it".

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

And I want a keyboard. Oh, wait, there's only 1 Nexus device with a keyboard? And it's how many years old?

It's not possible to stick to Nexus line if you want specific features (like a non-PenTile screen, for instance) in a modern phone.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Oh I'd love to see more hardware vendors shipping unmolested Android but until that happens the Nexus line is the best bet. At the moment, it does impose the hardware choice though.

I do share your preference for keyboards. A four row full qwerty slide out keyboard ideally; doesn't piss away screen space or require a special shift button to get the number row.

For me the priority was software. If I'm going to replace my Maemo with Android then it has to be Google Android stock with direct updates. Ok, so what hardware is available in the Nexus line. Does any vendor provide this outside of the Nexus line (not at the time of purchase). Ok, so this is the hardware option; no keyboard, no removable SD.. can I live with these hardware limitations in exchange for the software requirements? Yes.. I'll get an external keyboard if I find I need one that bad (was always the first accessory purchase in the PDA days).

Granted, if you can't live with one of the hardware options that ships with stock Android then you have some other decisions to make. (eg. can I live with lagging updates or an orphaned vendor fork of Android?).

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