Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2012 23:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Conventional wisdom suggests that, just like Gingerbread in 2010 and ICS in 2011, the next version of Android could make an appearance sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012. But the current state of the Android ecosystem indicates that this might not be the best course of action for Google, its OEMs or their customers. In this article, we'll take a brief look at why Google should stick with Android 4.1 until 2013, and push Android forward with hardware, not software later in the year." Fully agreed. Give the ecosystem some time to catch its breath. I mean, it's not as if the competition has anything groundbreaking up its sleeve - iOS and Android are so close these days.
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Comment by WorknMan
by WorknMan on Wed 11th Jul 2012 04:58 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

...I disagree. It's not Google's fault the carriers are f*cking up every single time they know a new release is pending. What do you want them to do?


It's pretty much common knowledge by now that if you care anything about staying on the bleeding edge on Android, then you buy a Nexus phone and tell these other vendors to take their bloatware-filled FrankenAndroid phones and shove them up their asses. So if you buy an HTC Amaze Vibrant 4G LTE Touch Prime, then you already know you're going to get shafted when it comes to updates. That means all Verizon customers are pretty much screwed from here on out, cuz you're probably never gonna see another Nexus device on that network again, and it's arguable whether or not the one they have now is even worthy of the name Nexus.

That being said, what do I want from Google? If the Nexus is the only REAL Android phone I have to choose from, I wish Google would release a couple more high-end phones. Even when it came out, the Nexus wasn't exactly cutting-edge, and the camera is sub-par at best. And the radio (at least on the Verizon version) absolutely sucks ass.

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RE: Comment by WorknMan
by Soulbender on Wed 11th Jul 2012 05:27 in reply to "Comment by WorknMan"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

cuz you're probably never gonna see another Nexus device on that network again


You can't just buy a prepaid/postpaid SIM card for Verizon and put it in your Nexus?

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RE[2]: Comment by WorknMan
by AnythingButVista on Wed 11th Jul 2012 13:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by WorknMan"
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2008-08-27

"cuz you're probably never gonna see another Nexus device on that network again


You can't just buy a prepaid/postpaid SIM card for Verizon and put it in your Nexus?
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No you can't. Verizon isn't a GSM operator. CDMA operators are archaic. You have to activate service through the operator and if the MEID (CDNA's equivalent of the phone's IMEI) isn't in their database of approved devices, they won't activate it and you'll end up with a pocket sized WiFi-only tablet.

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RE: Comment by WorknMan
by Radio on Wed 11th Jul 2012 07:19 in reply to "Comment by WorknMan"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

That being said, what do I want from Google? If the Nexus is the only REAL Android phone I have to choose from, I wish Google would release a couple more high-end phones. Even when it came out, the Nexus wasn't exactly cutting-edge, and the camera is sub-par at best. And the radio (at least on the Verizon version) absolutely sucks ass.
It is hard for Google to compete with its own OEM. The Nexus is a balancing act, they need to stimulate the OEM without eating into their revenue.

And the high-end tier is where most of the revenue comes from.

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RE: Comment by WorknMan
by zima on Thu 12th Jul 2012 04:01 in reply to "Comment by WorknMan"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's pretty much common knowledge by now that if you care anything about staying on the bleeding edge on Android, then you buy a Nexus phone

I doubt it's common knowledge ...and anyway, not strictly true - Nexus phones also had some hiccups with updates. It's probably best to get one of the more popular Cyanogenmod target devices.

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RE[2]: Comment by WorknMan
by Neolander on Thu 12th Jul 2012 13:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by WorknMan"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I doubt it's common knowledge ...and anyway, not strictly true - Nexus phones also had some hiccups with updates. It's probably best to get one of the more popular Cyanogenmod target devices.

These are HTC's and Samsung's high-end stuff, right ?

(The precision might be useful, as Cyanogenmod supports *many* phones nowadays...)

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