Linked by Radio on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 19:15 UTC
Google It was time somebody cleared that up: the oft-decried skins put by OEM and operators on Android are not responsible for the lateness or lack of updates. The truth is that skins are easy, hardware drivers are hard. That is not to say skins do not have other problems, or that the problem is unsolvable, but asking for "stock" Android OS is not going to help on the update front.
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RE[3]: Obvious fix
by Radio on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Obvious fix"
Radio
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2009-06-20

No, you are just moving the problem.

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RE[4]: Obvious fix
by Nelson on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 09:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Obvious fix"
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2005-11-29

Instead of a handful of eyes looking at it, a potentially large number of eyes can look at it and maintain it.

I guarantee you that Samsung's SoC drivers have a lot more interest than just Android engineers if they're opened up. You can get a groundswell of maintainers this way.

I never really understood the tying of the drivers to Android. Seems like a pointless dependency.

This way Android is free from driver cruft, and a Linux kernel version comes with an implicit guarantee of hardware support.

You can take 4.1, back port it to a Kernel revision with your drivers, and get functionality.

Of course, I'm just conjecturing here so if I'm mistaken I'd welcome the insight.

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