No wonder I couldn't find the keynote and no news... Google cancelled the event due to Hurricane Sandy. Man, I'm really falling behind in my tech news.
Still, look forward to more info on Key Lime Pieeeee.
My Nexus 7 rooted now running 4.2 is swwweeeet.
Originally Posted by majjo
Gingerbread seems to be the 'XP' of Android. Sad, but honestly, I don't see what more can be done on Google's part. The ball is in the manufacturer's court; and they're not really interested in updating old, outdated hardware.
I've basically crossed out any Samsung or HTC phone from consideration based solely on their custom skin and reluctance or flat out unwillingness to upgrade their old phones. Most enthusiast users I know have sworn to only consider Nexus devices, and with good reason. I feel the only other Android manufacturer that warrants consideration at this point is Asus, and even they have been slow on upgrades.
Actually Samsung and HTC are not that bad because while do they have their own quirks they are starting to roll out ICS updates. This is my understanding.
Sony, a late, late, comer to the game, rolled out ICS 4.0.4. It's a massive difference.
So for mid-level to lower-end Android phones, yeah, I say good luck to the users.
But if you're talking mid- to high-end Android phones, Samsung, HTC, Moto, Sony, etc. know they got to get on the 4.0 bandwagon.
Gingerbread has a ludicrous 50% share but ICS and Jelly Bean (aka 4.0 and above) are around 25%, and this is sort of the cream (pun unintended) of the Android phones.
The thing is that most phone companies and telcos know now that by hook or by crook to stay in the quality customer mix they gotta move to 4 for 2013 as far as possible.
No doubt Google also has to get on their backs more to encourage them to offer upgrades for customers.
It's a win-win. The Sony Xperia S on 2.3.7 is a total, total piece of crap. On 4.0.4... it's quite impressive.
As for Nexus, for me, definitely I will stick to Nexus's for phones and tablets in the future, for sure, where possible, because it gives you unparalleled, unadulterated Android experiences.Edited by sr2012 - 11/30/12 at 7:22am