Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Feb 2018 01:10 UTC
Android

Essential - the phone company led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin - has had some difficulty in getting a stable 8.0 Oreo update released. After three beta releases, the company is not quite satisfied that the update is ready for general release. Because of these protracted issues, Essential has announced plans to skip the 8.0 release entirely in favor of 8.1, which will "push the public release back a couple weeks," according to the company.

Not even a phone with close to stock Android, built by the very same person who developed Android in the first place, can be updated to a newer Android release without delays, stability issues, and general problems - to the point where they're skipping a version altogether.

Android is a mess.

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RE: A hot mess
by avgalen on Thu 1st Feb 2018 09:44 UTC in reply to "A hot mess"
avgalen
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2010-09-23

I still get complements on my Z30 when people see it. "That's a BlackBerry?"

They are even more astounded when I show them how the HUB functions.

And sadly, they are being impressed with my 4.5 year old phone.

It also sadly revels some of the marketing failures on BB's behalf. They should have not relied on carriers at all and just sold all devices direct and unlocked.

I am in a similar position "rocking" my 4 year old Nokia 1520 with Windows 10 Mobile. It was sold directly and unlocked and also had some unique features that iOS and Android still don't have and that surprise people. However, my wife started to have some problems with her 1520 and I gave her a OnePlus 5T for her birthday. There are so many more things that do work great on that phone (apps, internationalization, speed, customization) that far outweigh the benefits older "unique" devices like ours have. Selling direct and unlocked didn't do much for Nokia/Microsoft and wouldn't have done much for BlackBerry either.

We also have no idea which Android version it is running. It came with a "custom named/numbered OS" that got a 80 MB update that installed in a minute and we have no idea what it did. I am guessing it will be Android 7.x but so far there has simply been no reason to care about that version which is very surprising for nerds/geeks like her and me.

Edited 2018-02-01 09:45 UTC

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RE[2]: A hot mess
by gorbie on Thu 1st Feb 2018 12:05 in reply to "RE: A hot mess"
gorbie Member since:
2010-10-22

My main reason for still using my Z30 is features it has that the other devices do not as well.

There are literally 4 android apps I need that help with my day to day as an IT contractor.

Most apps did work on my Z30 but were sluggish.

So it was well worth it to my mental health to get an LTE tablet just to fill my android needs.

I still get a good laugh when my Z30 works in places that others have said "oh, cell phones don't work in here"

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RE[3]: A hot mess
by avgalen on Thu 1st Feb 2018 15:47 in reply to "RE[2]: A hot mess"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

My main reason for still using my Z30 is features it has that the other devices do not as well.

There are literally 4 android apps I need that help with my day to day as an IT contractor.

Most apps did work on my Z30 but were sluggish.

So it was well worth it to my mental health to get an LTE tablet just to fill my android needs.

I still get a good laugh when my Z30 works in places that others have said "oh, cell phones don't work in here"

Almost the same story here. The longer you keep an old device the more you get used to its features. I always miss the camera-button when someone asks me to take a picture of them or needs a charger at the end of every day (I charge my phone once per 3 days or so). I also have an ancient iPad 2 (not air) that closes the app-gap. And I also have good cellular and wifi where other people don't. That last one intrigues me because other peoples connectivity is faster when it works, but works far less often.

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