Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 23:00 UTC
Google Yes, it's been a long road, but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has achieved a major milestone. Just over half a year since it's been released, Google's latest Android version has crossed the all-important 7% installed base barrier. This is a major achievement for Android, so Google has reason to celebrate. I'm proud to be part of the 7.1%.
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RE: Interesting Side Point
by abraxas on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 13:09 UTC in reply to "Interesting Side Point"
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A fair few of my non-technical friends use android phones. There is one thing that surprised me coming from my custom rom bubble.. The big question that they ask is.. why do I need to upgrade. These are users who have come from feature phones to smart phones which they use for emails, sms and phone calls.. so they don't get why they need to upgrade to get new features when the features they need work "just fine" as they are...

I suspect there are tens of thousands of users around the world that fall into this category.. they see the update icon come up on their phone and never actually apply it because they just don't see a need.

I wonder how many ICS user we would have if all those users simply accepted the update?

Personally I think it's being a good citizen to keep your devices updated. In theory it should mean that you get security updates in a timely fashion...

Spot on. A lot of users don't even upgrade their apps, nevermind their OS. Only people into tech are interested in the newest update unless it has a feature that everyone has been clamoring for or it has been marketed to death.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Eh, True to an extent. But, sometimes updates make a huge difference in usability. comparing my cm9 captivate to a samsung 2.2 image is just ridiculous. When I showed my non tech friend that hadn't updated, he obviously wanted to. When the difference between the usability is great, people will want to upgrade. When their is a great visibile difference in performance, people will want to upgrade when they learn of it.

This is the same reason why each version of MS Office looks different, so you know its different, without having to be one of those rare people that notice a new feature or improvement.

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But comparing the CM9 to Samsung is also comparing CM to Samsung. With Samsung's own ROM comes a bunch of useless Samsung bloat, whereas CM comes with some neat functionality. And one of the reasons why Samsung take their sweet goddamn time in getting updates to their OS is because they need to port their useless bloat to the newer Android versions.

Having said that, Chrome needs ICS, which makes the upgrade worth it. By far the best browser for any mobile OS I've seen.

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RE[2]: Interesting Side Point
by kristoph on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 23:07 in reply to "RE: Interesting Side Point"
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You totally don't get it.

The vast majority of the cool and competitive features in Android are not available in earlier versions so if only a small percentage of users upgrade it means developers need to write to some ancient version to support the bulk of the user base.

Meanwhile, in the iOS world, a developer just writes to the latest version, knowing that most of devices in the wild will be on that version.

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Neolander Member since:

Meanwhile, in the iOS world, a developer just writes to the latest version, knowing that most of devices in the wild will be on that version.

...and when Apple screw up an update, as they did with iOS 4 for older iDevices, users of perfectly working hardware have to install the knowingly broken update on their phone or PMP in order to use the latest software.

At some point in their lifetime, all OSs reach a level of maturity where updates do not matter so much anymore, as happened to Windows around the XP SP2 days. This cannot happen soon enough to iOS and Android.

Edited 2012-06-04 06:51 UTC

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Neolander Member since:

Also, I don't think that you need ICS to get "The vast majority of the cool and competitive features in Android". As far as I can tell, for Gingerbread users, ICS is more of a big overall UI refinement (and a large resource hog) than a groundbreaking feature-rich release.

Edited 2012-06-04 07:01 UTC

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