Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Jun 2013 17:33 UTC
Google "There's a leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM out in the wild this morning, in the form of a pre-release build for the 'Google Play edition' Galaxy S4. It's also been ported to the European LTE Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505) in the form of a custom ROM, courtesy of the original source of the leak, Samsung fansite SamMobile. We've fired up that ROM on our European GS4 and shot a quick hands-on video, giving an early glimpse of the next version of Android." Few changes.
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What a surprise !
by Kochise on Fri 28th Jun 2013 20:35 UTC
Kochise
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2006-03-03

Like it wasn't announced during the Google keynote... If it was Android 5.0, that would be another affair though.

Kochise

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RE: What a surprise !
by cmost on Sat 29th Jun 2013 01:36 in reply to "What a surprise !"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

I think it's smart of Google to stick to small, incremental updates to Android 4.x series in order to get carriers caught up while they straighten out the fragmentation mess. Android 4.x is a strong, robust platform that's mature and capable enough to carry users forward before a radical update that is expected with Android 5.x. Slow and steady will win the game. That being said, I also think it is very smart of Google to work with OEMs to offer "Google Play" (i.e., Nexus) versions of popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One sans carrier skins and other bloatware that hinders timely updates to the OS.

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RE[2]: What a surprise !
by Kochise on Sat 29th Jun 2013 07:13 in reply to "RE: What a surprise !"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

I have an Android 4.x capable hardware that the OEM decided not to update after Android... 2.3. Go figure. Of course, no ROM source code available, no datasheet, the OEM just decided to abandon the platform.

Fragmentation ? What can Google do to force OEM to upgrade their various Android implementations and keep them up to date ? Nothing.

Would it be easier for OEMs to upgrade from Android 4.x to 5.0, will(ing) they do it ? No sure, because Android 5.0 will add a value to the new devices sold with, and OEMs have to sell new devices, not support old ones. That's HTC's fate and misfortune.

So my Android 2.3 device will never know Android 4, even less Android 5. So what's the point of making "little steps" ?

Kochise

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RE: What a surprise !
by zima on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 17:42 in reply to "What a surprise !"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

This site isn't OSSurprises ;)

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RE[2]: What a surprise !
by Kochise on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 06:25 in reply to "RE: What a surprise !"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Nope, OSleaks :

iOS leaks
iPhone leaks
Android leaks
Windows 8 leaks
...

Kochise

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