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Android's growing pains

Barence (1228440) writes | about 4 years ago

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Barence (1228440) writes "Android might have overtaken the iPhone in terms of market share, but Google's fledgling mobile OS is having more than its fair share of teething problems, claims PC Pro. There have been reports all year of frustrated Android users waiting for the latest updates to the mobile operating system from either operators or manufacturers. When the upgrades finally arrive, customers complain about glitches and errors. O2 had to pull an update to version 2.2 of Android after users reported it crashed their HTC Desire handsets, and a similar situation arose moving the Dell Streak to version 2.1. “One of the problems is that Google is releasing updates so quickly that developers and manufacturers don't really have a chance to catch up,” said Andreas Constantinou, research director at industry analyst Vision Mobile. Does Google need to take its foot off the Android accelerator?"
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No, not really. (1)

Phoe6 (705194) | about 4 years ago | (#33506272)

Google does not have keep it's foot of the accelerator, but it should design the upgrade process simple enough so that even grandmas should be able upgrade.

Re:No, not really. (1)

neiras (723124) | about 4 years ago | (#33506638)

Google does not have keep it's foot of the accelerator, but it should design the upgrade process simple enough so that even grandmas should be able upgrade.

My Grandma can click "Upgrade Now" just fine, thanks.

The problem is that manufacturers do a shitty job of adapting new Android versions to their custom hardware. Remember, most of the hardware drivers are kept 'secret' by HTC, Motorola et al., not contributed to the kernel. Google doesn't write drivers (except for their phones).

Plus, the manufacturers insist on junking up the UI with garbage like TouchFlo, Sense, MotoBlur and TimeScape. All that stuff has to be adapted to work on each new Android version that comes from Google. Since the manufacturers all seem to hire the same cut-rate development shop, we all end up with buggy, broken, and worst of all LATE software updates.

If manufacturers would stick to writing drivers and contributing them to the kernel, and shipping the default Android UI (which is fine), we'd all be running Froyo by now.

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