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[4]: Comment by WorknMan
by Neolander on Thu 12th Jul 2012 17:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by WorknMan"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

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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RE[5]: Comment by WorknMan
by zima on Thu 12th Jul 2012 18:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by WorknMan"
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2005-07-06

Still OTOH there's a legion of quite talented people scattered throughout the world, in less prosperous places. Too bad their efforts seem less coordinated, less focused.

Oh well, I hope CM (or some other similar project, similarly active) will realise what kinds of phones will really push Android uptake. Only, I'm afraid the main activity (or even language of builds) will be in Russian or Chinese ;) (and maybe even there already is such movement particularly in the latter, but not spilling through to the world web...)

Meanwhile, changing mass-market handsets to the one with quite current CM support is also quite feasible - with reselling the old one, and much lower prices overall, it still ends up less expensive than Nexus or high-end phones in general.
Of course, might be less feasible for people and places
locked into contracts... (which I imagine is another factor influencing what kinds of phones are best supported)

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