|Why we don't need another version of Android this year|
|By Thom Holwerda on 2012-07-10 23:15:07|
|"Conventional wisdom suggests that, just like Gingerbread in 2010 and ICS in 2011, the next version of Android could make an appearance sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012. But the current state of the Android ecosystem indicates that this might not be the best course of action for Google, its OEMs or their customers. In this article, we'll take a brief look at why Google should stick with Android 4.1 until 2013, and push Android forward with hardware, not software later in the year." Fully agreed. Give the ecosystem some time to catch its breath. I mean, it's not as if the competition has anything groundbreaking up its sleeve - iOS and Android are so close these days.|
|Give me Cyanogenmod or die!|
|By kragil on 2012-07-11 00:21:24|
I think Cyanogenmod has so many cool enhancements that everybody should have. I don't know why doesn't everybody want fine grained permission management? |
Why should I allow games to download and display ads? Why should I give them my location? etc
That are things the uninformed can live with, I don't want to.With CM I can say: No Rovio, you have earned enough, I need my bandwidth and my battery for myself. That maybe elitist, but I just don't care. Those are the perks you get from using an open system.
And CM offers so much more. There is something for everybody.
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|Both software and hardware please|
|By unoengborg on 2012-07-11 00:37:36|
A new four core Nexus would be nice, but there are a lot of things to do on the software side as well. E.g. user profiles so that a tablet easily could be shared or passed around in the family. Handwriting recognition from an active stylus would be nice too, and that would of course require both software and hardware. Face recognition of faces in your pictures so that they could be tagged by name of the persons in them, as soon as you named the person on one picture. Perhaps support for openVPN, or support for SELinux. There are a lot of things they could do. |
Edited 2012-07-11 00:41 UTC
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|Comment by robojerk|
|By robojerk on 2012-07-11 02:39:01|
I think a Key Lime Pie release would be welcomed in one of two ways.. |
Another big performance upgrade with a short list of new features. and/OR an upgrade that somehow swallowed Chrome OS. Turning Android into an OS that's running on phone/tablet/TV/PC. The latter would be mostly transparent for devices other than Chromebooks.
Note: I haven't really played around with ChromeOS, other than just booting it up and initial 5 minutes of use.
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|By 1c3d0g on 2012-07-11 03:27:50|
|...I disagree. It's not Google's fault the carriers are f*cking up every single time they know a new release is pending. What do you want them to do? Stop innovating? When the time is right, Google will realize it won't need to release so many updates because the platform will be mature (and they will slow down with the releases). But so far, this is not the case, so frequent update are welcome. :-)|
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|Comment by WorknMan|
|By WorknMan on 2012-07-11 04:58:33|
> ...I disagree. It's not Google's fault the carriers are f*cking up every single time they know a new release is pending. What do you want them to do? |
It's pretty much common knowledge by now that if you care anything about staying on the bleeding edge on Android, then you buy a Nexus phone and tell these other vendors to take their bloatware-filled FrankenAndroid phones and shove them up their asses. So if you buy an HTC Amaze Vibrant 4G LTE Touch Prime, then you already know you're going to get shafted when it comes to updates. That means all Verizon customers are pretty much screwed from here on out, cuz you're probably never gonna see another Nexus device on that network again, and it's arguable whether or not the one they have now is even worthy of the name Nexus.
That being said, what do I want from Google? If the Nexus is the only REAL Android phone I have to choose from, I wish Google would release a couple more high-end phones. Even when it came out, the Nexus wasn't exactly cutting-edge, and the camera is sub-par at best. And the radio (at least on the Verizon version) absolutely sucks ass.
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|RE: Both software and hardware please|
|By Fergy on 2012-07-11 05:15:46|
> A new four core Nexus would be nice |
Why? What would you gain from those extra 2 cores? (besides a way to get your battery to 0% in an hour)
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|RE: Comment by WorknMan|
|By Soulbender on 2012-07-11 05:27:38|
> cuz you're probably never gonna see another Nexus device on that network again |
You can't just buy a prepaid/postpaid SIM card for Verizon and put it in your Nexus?
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|RE: Give me Cyanogenmod or die!|
|By manjabes on 2012-07-11 05:36:10|
> Why should I allow games to download and display ads? Why should I give them my location? etc |
That are things the uninformed can live with, I don't want to.With CM I can say: No Rovio, you have earned enough, I need my bandwidth and my battery for myself.
Rovio: "But, dear Kragil, if You are so interested in bandwidth and battery life then, in the name of all that's holy, do NOT play our games! You know, why should we give you our game (that cost real money to make) for free to play? We even show some goodwill and give You our game "for free" if we can show some ads alongside the game (to recoup some costs, you know), but no, even that is too much to ask from you cheapskates...ah screw it, iCustomers are much more willing to pay directly for games anyway!"
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|Sort out Google Play first|
|By gan17 on 2012-07-11 05:46:27|
They should sort out issues with their Play Store before even thinking about the new version. |
1. Cleanup. Why would anyone want 642 fart apps?
2. Better vetting; for security and device compatibility.
3. Improve content (movie, music, mag) for non-US users.
4. Introduce some sort of gift card system.
5. Better overall interface, speed and search.
|- Score: 4|
|By Nelson on 2012-07-11 06:19:15|
|Stop innovating, just ask Microsoft how that worked out for them and Windows Mobile.|
|- Score: 5|