Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Google Through the Google Play Store, the next version of Android has been confirmed: Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. I'm hoping for just a single new feature: something to address the update mess. I don't care how, as long as they do something.
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RE[2]: Not gonna happen...
by galvanash on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 06:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Not gonna happen..."
galvanash
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2006-01-25

I think the carrier validation argument is bs. WP7 devices somehow pushed the updates around the same time around the world, no carrier validations stopped it.


Here is why:

1. Sheer number of devices.

Number of unique WP7 devices: 25? (Not sure but it certainly isn't much higher)

Number of unique Android devices: 120+

And the Android number is only large manufacturers who play by the rules, i.e. Samsung, Moto, HTC, LG, Sony, Acer, Asus, etc. If you include all the tiny manufacturers its easily 200.

2. The extent of distinct hardware Microsoft supports in absolutely minuscule compared to Android. Almost all WP7 hardware is virtually identical.

3. Microsoft allows no significant modifications to WP7, with the exception of adding hubs. No kernel modifications allowed at all. No replacing system apps. Nothing. Nada.

4. 5 years of hardware to deal with. Microsoft only has 2 years worth.

5. Tablets. WP7 doesn't support Tablets at all.

I'm not trying to pick on Microsoft... Good for them, they have better control of their platform. But the reality is they make their OEMs play by different rules and the scope of their problem is much, much smaller. Pointing at Microsoft and saying "they can do it, why can't Google" just ain't fair.

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