It's not your imagination: Ice Cream Sandwich updates really are slow
0. phoneArena 30 Apr 2012, 13:38 posted on
It turns out that you aren't just impatient - ICS updates really are taking longer than previous Android updates. The underlying cause appears to be the giant changes in the base code between Gingerbread and Android 4.0...
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28. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
This is Apples fault. We were fine with current equipment hardly ever if ever being upgraded beyond bug fixes but then when the iphone came alone, it all changed. Other than Apple, hardly anyone offers general updates/bugfixes well, not to mention entire OS version revisions. It's just hard to know who to blame with Android. Is it Google for not mandating updates, the phone manufacturer for not seeing profitability in updating 1yo phones (most that are no longer available), software launchers added to the phone by manufactures leading to additional difficulty/time/cost for updating, or the carriers for forcing carrier specific apps, disabling features, and re-branding, renaming, and often redesigning phone models specifically for their use.
31. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
Yada yada. Stop covering for the vendors. For each update of the OS, the vendors have to do the same two pieces, Boot and Kernel. Its no harder or easier from 2.1 to 4.0..... unless like HTC and Moto you have screwed yourself into a corner by laying so much garbage on top to "differentiate" your GUI that you cannot adapt to the changing OS. And in HTC's predicament, you have an aging "Sense" gui that was poorly written to begin with and find yourself wondering if you should dump it and start over or try to retread it one more time.
42. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Wow you have no ideal what you are talking about. If it was that easy then my 3D would have a working aosp ics ROM but you know different radio need different driver and the camera. Man if you think it is so easy then you should cook up a ROM for the rest of us.
38. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Personally, I am not worried about the updates - do your research if you are that concerned about it, in terms of whether the company plans on updates - normally, if you buy a high end phone, DROID RAZR, for example, then you will be fine. Also, look at XDA's website prior to any purchase, for their input.
I am just fine with an official ICS ROM - Verizon's own will be full of crappola, as usual.
40. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
Whatever... the updates will get here when they get here, in the mean time use what you got, if you don like it then Root or buy a new one.. simple
43. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Bhaahaha! Handroid I scream down! Hurry, call 911! And do it by a real phone this time, iOS, Symbian or WP, please! LOL! :)
53. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
huh, an iphone and soccer do not mix...mr. cho mein....
44. nwright94 (unregistered)
I have ICS on my Kindle fire :p. it's very smooth and made this thing actually worth the $200 I spent on it haha.
55. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Yeah, I may do this on a co-worker's Kindle and Samsung Tab.
56. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7009; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Why cant some people be patient to wait for their upgrade? I know my Atix already confirm for 4.0. Some people argue and complain too much. It takes time for upgrade plus they have to test make sure the update works perfect. If u dont want to wait ROOT IT.
62. murati (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)
Why is andoid the best ?
Because I still own Desire from 2010 and I have the newest software at any time. Because people, android is made for root and that is why I support people at XDA, they are the best ! Why would I have is**t and pay for every dame thing. And why would I have windows on my phone, all locked and almost without any good application. Andoid all the way.
64. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Hell yeah, man. That's precisely how I feel. Unfortunately I own an iPhone 4..
67. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 413; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
BOTH iPhone and Android have their superiority, their limitations... why the mud slinging? android is NOWHERE near outdated. and iPhone, well everyone has to admit it gets the job done, and done well. because of apples rigorous testing and steve job's demands nary a bug ever gets through. kudos to them for that.
73. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you take the good with the bad. you want the range of specs and options and different looks and the openness of the platform, then you need to take the bad... which is you are at the mercy of the manufacturers and even worse.. the carriers. Every OS has its good and bad. You need to decide which one is right for you. These iOSnuts that come in here acting like iOS is a godsend compared to android forget how little they can actually do with their devices and how little control they actually maintain on their phones. Thats the trade they made to be direct supported from Apple. People that went WP7 traded app availibility for a blend of iOS and android.
Its all a trade.
74. joeyrushlow (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
By the way, I don't think I've ever seen anyone mention this... the stability of a jailbroken iPhone vs. a rooted android! I saw a comment earlier about "force closes and random reboots" and this came to mind for me. At any level when you screw with the device it makes it more vulnerable to these types of things. But doing it right, with a good phone (not some t-mobile comet) and some decent specs you can get a lot more performance-wise, battery-wise, stylistically, and lots of customization out of android. I have a few friends with jailbroken iPhones and those things are unstable as hell!
Just wanted to throw this out there =)
78. Anarcho-Capitalist (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Why you hatin on the Comet? I flashed Cyanogenmod 7.2 and it's running super smooth.