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[2]: Interesting Side Point
by kristoph on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting Side Point"
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

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:
2010-03-08

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:
2010-03-08

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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RE[4]: Interesting Side Point
by zima on Tue 5th Jun 2012 22:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting Side Point"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

ICS is [...] a large resource hog)

I didn't follow it too closely (not much point to wonder about upgrade before CM is even available), is it really a hog?

Android tended to be more smooth with new releases... (especially on slowish hardware)

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