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[2]: Trainwreck?
by bassbeast on Fri 4th Jan 2013 15:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Trainwreck?"
bassbeast
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2007-11-11

Well suck it up and take it, its either this or the Apple and MSFT walled gardens...sigh. Anybody else feel like 2013 is gonna be the "year of suck" when it comes to tech?

As for why its dropped below 50% the answer is simple, the ARM chips capable of running Android 4 are now cheap enough to be in those $70 tablets. if it makes you feel any better they were showing $50 dual core tablets at the Hong Kong expo a few months back so by this time next year ARM chips will be cheap enough that they'll be able to sell Android 6 on the $50 tablets and $70 smartphones so the previous versions will die out fairly quickly.

Personally I'd rather have Android where I get a choice of devices and price points than a "choice" of an insanely overpriced Apple or a grossly insanely overpriced MSFT.

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RE[3]: Trainwreck?
by WorknMan on Fri 4th Jan 2013 18:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Trainwreck?"
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2005-11-13

Personally I'd rather have Android where I get a choice of devices and price points than a "choice" of an insanely overpriced Apple or a grossly insanely overpriced MSFT.


Is Android really any better in this regard though? If you want a device with an unlocked bootloader AND be able to install the latest Android OS whenever you want, you're pretty much stuck with Nexus devices. In that regard, iOS has more configuration options to choose from (black/white, 16-64gb, LTE, four different form factors, etc) than the Nexus devices give you.

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RE[4]: Trainwreck?
by bassbeast on Sun 6th Jan 2013 03:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Trainwreck?"
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2007-11-11

There is a TON of the CCC (cheapo Chinese crap) out there and I have no doubt most are frankly trivial to unlock, simply because locking it would involve spending a dime and these things are all about low cost. If you are unsure about a unit just type its name and "unlock" or "sideload" into Google, I'm sure you will be able to tell pretty quickly whether you can or not.

Now if you are talking phones? That is all on the carriers, they don't want unlocked anything as they don't want to allow tethering without paying the toll so they try to make sure devices can't be unlocked. How dare you use that phone for something that you didn't pay the carrier tax upon!

Frankly I'm telling everybody just get the cheapest smartphone you can as the smartphone fad is just that, a fad, and its about to end, just as the netbook fad ended this year. The reason it'll end is the carriers care more about keeping Wall Street happy than the users so they will keep raising the prices and adding fees to the point most simply won't buy a smartphone as it'll be too expensive.

I already have several customers whose smartphones are now sitting in a drawer because the carriers made the data plans so damned high it just wasn't worth having, and as cheap but powerful tablets and WiFi hotspots continue to spring up I think the smartphone will end up being what it was originally, strictly a business tool.

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