Jelly Bean Surpasses Gingerbread For The First Time

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  1. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Well, now you have 4.1 and 4.2 fragmentation to deal with. :rolleyes:

    Joking, joking of course. It doesn't really matter app wise once you go ICS+.

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/0...ean-surpasses-gingerbread-for-the-first-time/

     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Wow, isn't that a long time - is it because consumers have to wait for the manufacturers to release JB, or is that many consumers don't even bother upgrading?
     
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    probably a combination of the two. I know a ton of people who have devices that can be upgraded, but just do not care.
     
  5. Jessica Lares thread starter macrumors G3

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    This is why Amazon just pushes the update automatically, Hahaha. You don't get a choice with the Kindle Fire. But then, they are the only ones, besides Google who even take the whole update thing seriously. They patch vulnerabilities, fix driver issues, and add new features. All OTA, when you're not even looking.

    The S2 Skyrocket ICS upgrade was horrible according to a lot of people. It just recently got Jelly Bean, but I don't know how that went considering I ditched it earlier this year. So I guess statements like that push other people away from doing the updates too.
     
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    I know a bunch of people on android phones and this describes them to a T which is why I'm asking.
     
  7. viskon macrumors 6502

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    My brother in law got a cheapo China phone running ICS. He had a Nokia Symbian before. He is delighted with the things it can do and the apps it runs. The fact that it will never be updated does not bug him at all. And he is a qualified, practising doctor.

    Sometimes I wonder if we phone nerds pay unnecessary attention to updates and versions. The vast majority of users don't know and don't care which version of software they have a long as the device works.
     
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I think it is just a matter of using a phone in a totally different way than others. A good way to look at it is upgrades to OSX. I would say the average consumer would not notice the different from Lion to Mavericks, but to someone who utilizes the small changes it is very very important. My sister basically just browses facebook, text, and calls on her phone. She would not care about 4.2.1 or 4.2.2, but the small things matter to us techies :)

    It is funny b.c I know when someone starts to talk to me about phones, I go in a totally different direction that is way above their head. I start talking about pure android and skins....the look in their eye is, "WTF is this guy smoking."
     
  9. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    4.x should really be counted as one whole chunk...61.2%.
     
  10. Jessica Lares thread starter macrumors G3

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    It doesn't bother me whether or not I can run Gingerbread, ICS, or Jelly Bean. What bugs me is that phone companies ship out one version, and then leave it at that. It is in a sense like shipping Windows XP, and then never updating to the service packs which bring in security patches.

    Most of these phones never see a single update in a year, and that's your problem right there. If Amazon can patch up bugs and do fixes 10 times in a year on a single device, why can't the others? It's not like there aren't nightly builds of driver updates being pushed out by the chip makers. Developers can't deal with half baked compiles, which is why we have the app compatibility issues in the first place.
     
  11. viskon macrumors 6502

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    LOL.

    That's exactly what happened when I gently tried to explain to my brother-in-law that ICS was an old operating system.
     
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    That is why we have forums haha
     

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