Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:42 UTC
Google So, Gingerbread has finally dropped below 50% of devices accessing Google Play. Ice Cream Sandwich has almost hit the 30%, and after six months, Jelly Bean (4.1 and 4.2) almost hit the 10%. Google's page listing these numbers is like a trainwreck in slowmotion.
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RE: why upgrade?
by Radio on Fri 4th Jan 2013 13:12 UTC in reply to "why upgrade?"
Radio
Member since:
2009-06-20

All the OS, even those who are managed very conservatively, receive at least security updates. More than the lack of updates to the next version, I fear a lot the lack of support of the current Android version of my phone. What is going to happen if one finds a gaping hole in Gingerbread, bad enough to allow self-propagating malware?

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RE[2]: why upgrade?
by sb56637 on Fri 4th Jan 2013 13:42 in reply to "RE: why upgrade?"
sb56637 Member since:
2006-05-11

Yep, this is a very sobering thought. Carriers don't care about their customers' security. They care about making money, and if the customer is locked into a long contract, they care even less about the state of the OS on the customers' devices.

I don't understand why Android doesn't simply separate the base system (kernel, drivers, Dalvick, whatever) from the userland. That would make it much easier to patch the core components if needed, and it would make it much easier to update or install a different userland system.

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