Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Jan 2014 20:00 UTC

To be sure, it's no magic solution to the gargantuan task of moving the entire Android ecosystem forward. And the update situation for non-flagship devices remains something of a crapshoot. But it's a start, and a big step in the right direction. And as we move from Jelly Bean into the KitKat era, it's enough to give us some hope for the future of Android updates.

Read on to find out why.

Still Android's biggest weakness. Baby steps are made, but a solution there is not.

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RE[3]: Importance
by phoenix on Tue 21st Jan 2014 16:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Importance"
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Maybe in general. For my phone, it was 4.2.

4.0 to 4.1 was noticeable. But 4.1 to 4.2 was an "oh wow!" moment. And 4.2 to 4.3 was an "now that's how it should be" moment. Especially when it came to battery life.

My app mix hasn't changed in over a year. My usage hasn't changed much over that time (e-mail, facebook, xda forums, g+, RSS feeds, web browsing, podcasts, music, ebook reading). But battery life has increased, and screen-on time has increased dramatically, with each version since 4.1.

I've recently gone back to the LG 4.1.2 ROM on my phone as it's being sent in for repairs, and it's horrible compared to 4.3.1. 2.5 (sometimes 3) hours screen-on time is a good day now, and I can almost see the battery level draining while reading books via the Kobo app (set to night mode, brightness at 0%).

Edited 2014-01-21 16:38 UTC

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