Android stats

Bob Sneidar bobs at
Tue Feb 7 11:33:00 CST 2012

Wouldn't it be great if the Android market had one large agency powerful enough to force the cell companies to keep the devices updated? That way people would be able to just expect that the latest and greatest were available to them. They would have to be able to control the hardware too of course, as that is part of the problem. Maybe if Apple, or even Microsoft could take over management...

JUST KIDDING! The whole issue highlights the Achilles Heel of Linux (read Open Source) operating systems. NOT SAYING that OS systems are BAD, just that there are tradeoffs to letting anyone do anything with an OS. 


On Feb 7, 2012, at 12:17 AM, Ken Corey wrote:

> On 07/02/2012 05:14, J. Landman Gay wrote:
>> On 2/6/12 8:40 PM, gcanyon+rev wrote:
>>> One thing that stands out (which has been mentioned in previous
>>> articles numerous times) is how far behind most Android-based phones
>>> are on their OS updates. Three-fourths of android phones are two
>>> major versions behind. The main fault lies with the carriers, who
>>> customize Android and don't bother to update their customizations.
>>> By comparison, the last time I read about this, the number of iPhones
>>> on the latest OS version was over 95%.
>> Very true, and I don't see much hope for improvement. On the other hand,
>> it's pretty much expected you'll jailbreak an Android tablet so people
>> update that way.
> One of the first things I do when I get an android device is to check and see what ROMs are available for it.
> The way I see it, all the carriers /should/ be paying money to Cyanogenmod (or some after-market hacker) to provide all the updates for Android devices.  That way the market would all update at the same time, and we'd have better answers about when devices would be updated.
> (It won't happen because there's not a *huge* outcry for such a thing...and because I suspect carriers don't want cyanogen devices on their network that don't include their restrictions...but it'd sure be nice.)
> -Ken
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