Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Sep 2014 23:11 UTC
Google

Oh, right, there's an entirely new version of Android right around the corner. It could be days away, it could be weeks away. We're not totally sure what Google has planned for what is easily the most ambitious and promising update to the platform since Android 2.1. It's easy to forget that there's a whole new world right around the corner, because Android is in this seemingly constant state of change now. We have core apps updating on a regular and consistent bases, manufacturers pushing their apps to the Play Store in order to update them in a timely manner, and the beating heart of the platform is on a six week release cycle. Of all the incredible things that we saw and heard about at Google I/O this year, Sundar Pichai's announcement that Google Play Services would be updating and improving every six weeks is one of those things that didn't get nearly as much attention as it probably should have.

It really is quite remarkable. In some ways, Android is starting to faintly look like a rolling release, with more and more core smartphone applications, as well as several core smartphone APIs, updated continuously through Google Play. The pace is quick, and I like it.

Still, the Android update situation has not been resolved. There's a lot more work to do.

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RE[4]: A LONG way to go
by badtz on Sun 21st Sep 2014 01:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A LONG way to go"
badtz
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2005-06-29

Apple uses 64bit as another marketing gimmick. It offers no real advantages at this stage. Real world benchmarks show that Apple phones are slower than other flagships.

Apple is a a design studio. ALL their hardware is produced by other companies. SAMSUNG makes the Apple 64 bit CPU.


There is NO way an iPhone 6 costs $338 to build. The hardware is only marginally better than the sub $200 Moto G. Apple simply sells mid range hardware at very high prices.


A lot of misinformation in this post.

64-bit was not a marketing gimmick.... the only benefit was not address spacing. Please refer to Anantech with their thorough review of the 64-bit processor Apple used in the 5S... it had real world consequential benefits as a result. And it beat out the performance of ALL mobile phones at the time of launch.

Apple designs most of their own hardware... they are fabricated with their partners (including Samsung), but the designs are solely their own. Which is why they're able to tweak their designs and have historically gotten more performance out of them than equivalent processors. Why would Samsung need to CHEAT on benchmark tests if they are always the best?

At the end of the day, it's not about what looks best on paper, it's about the entire unit as a whole, and how software and hardware coexist and optimized for each other.

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RE[5]: A LONG way to go
by unclefester on Sun 21st Sep 2014 09:28 in reply to "RE[4]: A LONG way to go"
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2007-01-13


Apple designs most of their own hardware... they are fabricated with their partners (including Samsung), but the designs are solely their own. Which is why they're able to tweak their designs and have historically gotten more performance out of them than equivalent processors.


Apple use modified ARM hardware manufactured by Samsung. Apple's contribution to the designs would have been quite limited. The grunt work would have been done by others.

The whole 64 bit story is simply to get technically ignorant baristas (Apple's core demographic) excited.

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RE[6]: A LONG way to go
by viton on Sun 21st Sep 2014 12:42 in reply to "RE[5]: A LONG way to go"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09


Apple use modified ARM hardware manufactured by Samsung.
Apple's contribution to the designs would have been quite limited. The grunt work would have been done by others.

Lol. Do yourself a favor, read about ARM architecture license and Apple cores. You know absolutely nothing. Apple designed A6 cores with custom layout - totally unheard thing in ARM world. That thing alone placed Apple on top of CPU design houses.
A8 is almost as advanced as Intel latest cores. You need 2X frequency and 2X number of cores to match it for the rest of ARM crowd.

The whole 64 bit story is simply to get technically ignorant baristas (Apple's core demographic) excited.

You clearly don't understand that ARMv8 is, how performance advancements is achieved, and why single thread performance matters.

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RE[6]: A LONG way to go
by viton on Mon 22nd Sep 2014 22:39 in reply to "RE[5]: A LONG way to go"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

BTW, for a starter you could read about the Apple A6 development instead of flaunting with the misinformation.
http://www.cnet.com/news/apples-a6-chip-development-detailed/

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