Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th May 2016 09:39 UTC

Two weeks shy of Google detailing the next big revision of Android at its annual developer conference, the current Android version is still struggling to make its way out to devices. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is currently running on just 7.5 percent of active Android devices that have access to the Google Play Store. The rest of the field is dominated by 2014's Android Lollipop at 35.6 percent, 2013's KitKat at 32.5 percent, and 2012's Jelly Bean at 20.1 percent. 2011's Ice Cream Sandwich still clings on to a stubborn 2 percent and the immortal Android Gingerbread (version 2.3!) accounts for 2.2 percent of Android smartphones.

Using an iPhone 6S since it came out has made me appreciate more and more just how much better Android is than iOS - but it's all for naught if Google doesn't get off its bum and fixes this long-running problem. Now that Android at 6.x is definitively better than iOS, it's way, way, way, way beyond time for Google to drop everything they're doing and somehow find a way to forcefully and resolutely address this deficit.

If the latest version of Android is the best (i.e., the least crappy) mobile operating system out there, but nobody is running it, is it really the best mobile operating system?

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RE[5]: Cell providers
by laffer1 on Thu 5th May 2016 21:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Cell providers"
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A lot of folks upgrade their phones before 3.5 years, but for tablets, I feel like they should get 4 years of support minimum from the day they were last sold.

The reason is simple. We're always told that tablets are supposed to be PC replacements by so many. Part of that "promise" is that they get patches. A 4 year old Mac can run the latest OS X. A 4 year old PC can run Windows 10, Linux or BSD. Yet, in tablet land we're supposed to love that our device is unpatched after 4 years.

The real reason the tablet cycle has slowed is that people realized they had to re-buy the dang things to run current software and it's not cheaper than a PC if you have to buy one more frequently and it does less.

If I go into a store and buy a brand new 300 dollar laptop, it's going to make it 3-4 years without any problem and it will be patched and updated the whole time.

Aside from CPU and GPU bumps, most tablets haven't greatly improved in several years. They haven't caught up to PCs yet. They haven't offered enough of a speed bump to bother if you have an older one. There is no new killer app I have to have that only runs on the latest android or iOS device.

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RE[6]: Cell providers
by darknexus on Fri 6th May 2016 18:38 in reply to "RE[5]: Cell providers"
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To me, the tablet market looks like the PC market of ten years ago. Remember when that machine that ran Windows XP perfectly choked on Vista? Or that Windows 95 box that would slow to a crawl with Windows 98? Sometimes we forget that the PC market was once as rapid as the tablet market of today. I suspect that, like the PC market, the tablets will slow down over time. We're already seeing some of this, at least with the iPad and likely we'll see the same thing with the Surface line (though it's too soon to tell for sure on that one).

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RE[6]: Cell providers
by dionicio on Mon 9th May 2016 16:01 in reply to "RE[5]: Cell providers"
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" A 4 year old PC can run Windows 10, Linux or BSD."
And beyond 2 Win generations a third breath as Linux. Was customary at these 3thW Countries, on my times. This Planet Friendly policy is becoming increasingly difficult with UEFI.

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