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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RE[2]: Comment by WorknMan
by Neolander on Thu 12th Jul 2012 13:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by WorknMan"
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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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RE[3]: Comment by WorknMan
by zima on Thu 12th Jul 2012 16:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by WorknMan"
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TBH, the slight vagueness was kinda on purpose, to avoid any future liability ;)

But yeah, more or less those. Too bad, really - I would expect the usually cheapskate (and I mean it in a fully positive sense! I'm like that...) ~OSS people to focus more on mass-market devices. Meanwhile, it looks like CM9 will be mostly limited to high-end stuff.

At least, over time, some mass-market devices do show up in CM official support (ZTE Blade most notably, or LG Optimus One; though both will be probably stuck at 7.2, as far as official CM goes). And ZTE Blade II (which, hw-wise, appears to be the mass-market device I've been waiting for) seems to already have Android 4.0 support from the manufacturer; Autumn (when more mass-market ICS devices will likely show up) might be interesting.

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RE[4]: Comment by WorknMan
by Neolander on Thu 12th Jul 2012 17:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by WorknMan"
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Well, I guess that the top CM contributors, who can afford to spend a lot of time on the project, have well-paid jobs which allow them to buy expensive gadgets.

That said, as a cheapskate Sony Ericsson customer, I can't complain so far. Since the company has opened up its bootloaders, the FreeXperia team has done well, though progress hasn't been as fast as, say, on the Galaxy S II, where Thom had rock-solid CM9 builds months ago (at the time, FXP's CM9 builds for my handset still had issues with basic GSM functionality).

The biggest problems are the relative scarcity of the documentation (due to device unpopularity probably), FXP's tendency to use terrible mirrors for their builds, and Sony's silly idea to release different phones with similar names (e.g. Mini Pro X10 vs Mini Pro).

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