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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RE[3]: What a surprise !
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 1st Jul 2013 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What a surprise !"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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Fragmentation ? What can Google do to force OEM to upgrade their various Android implementations and keep them up to date ? Nothing.

True. What Google can do, is reduce the number of features that are introduced in new versions of android to make it easier for OEM to upgrade their various Android implementations. Hopefully, the easier it is to do, the more OEMs will actually do it.

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RE[4]: What a surprise !
by Kochise on Mon 1st Jul 2013 20:03 in reply to "RE[3]: What a surprise !"
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It will reduce the gap between the Android versions, but it will not force OEMs to upgrade if they don't want to. They will still pretend the hardware is not capable enough. Or they are delaying the release because they are doing a thoughtfully testing for 3 years to keep the user experience level. Or simply focusing on just new products.

It at least they opened their specs...


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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I think we're going to have to hit a plateau soon where OEM's will discover that they spend more money creating slightly improved devices every 6 months than they gain from selling those "new and improved" versions.

With the number of devices they are releasing combined with the way the US carriers test updates to official devices, its just not feasible to update everything regardless of hardware capabilities. Improving the situation in either direction would be greatly beneficial ( either OEM's develop fewer devices giving Carriers fewer devices to certify or cutting carriers out of the update certification business by not selling them through carriers). I just think its more likely that the OEM's will reduce the number of models.

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