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Android's 2012 Tastes Like Gingerbread

Android's 2012 Tastes Like Gingerbread

Whenever Apple releases a new iOS version, most who own an iPhone have the benefit of being able to upgrade. It's one of the biggest advantages of going Apple, while the opposite can sometimes be said about Android. Would you believe that despite having been released last October, Ice Cream Sandwich still isn't the dominant Android version?

It gets even worse. The most popular Android version during all of 2012 is Gingerbread, also known as 2.3, released in December 2010. To say this is a bit disheartening as an Android fan isn't a stretch. While I sit here waiting impatiently for a Jelly Bean update to my gear, most are forced to stick with an OS, that quite honestly, began to show its age long ago.

Realistically, the fact that ICS hasn't made huge headway into the Android market isn't that surprising. As BGR reports, ICS' market penetration four months after release was a mere 1%. 1%! Granted, the situation has vastly improved since then; ICS is currently installed on 21% of active devices. By comparison, Gingerbread can be found on 58%. It seems like Gingerbread is the Windows XP of the mobile space.

Of course, ICS isn't the most up-to-date Android version; Jelly Bean is. While more of an evolutionary upgrade than a revolutionary one, it finds itself installed to 1% of active devices - perfectly mimicking the ICS launch (so far).

The real question is whether or not Gingerbread's dominance is actually an issue. With Apple conducting its business so much differently than everyone else, it could be considered unfair to directly compare Android's OS rollouts to Apple's. Plus, with Android phones finding their way into the hands of those who don't want to spend too much money, and certainly don't care to upgrade as often as the average Apple user, we could find Gingerbread continuing to lead the pack for a good chunk of 2013 as well.

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And as many of my iphone loving friends will attest, getting the newest version isn't always the ebst, in some cases rendering the phones near unusable.

Do I think Android phones need to get updates faster? Yes. There are a few things stopping it though, vendor bloatware, be it manufacturer or service provider. That *** should be uninstalled on a users wish. The flavours are good, they differentiate handsets and further innovation, but giving me the power to enable or disable and remove these features should also be there. Give us ICS. Give us JB. Let us decide whether or not we want your extra stuff. Let us decide if it is stable. So easy. Just give us choices. It is what Android is already about!

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OEMs are the ones responsible for making new versions of Android run on their hardware, and US Cellular carriers try to rend Android unusable with "customized" (read: hacked to death with a dull hatchet) interfaces and bloatware (not to mention preventing root access).

But the ability to "upgrade" an iPhone to a later version of iOS, when what Apple wants you to do is to buy the newest iPhone instead, frequently proves to be painful and frustrating.

Newer is not necessarily better.

Now, if you would please, detail all of the things that make Jelly Bean significantly better than Gingerbread on my 800MHz A7 CPU. Or admit that you don't know Jack about why an "upgrade" isn't always a smart thing to do.

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"Newer is not necessarily better"

Yes, just look at windows 8.

I havn't used jelly bean yet, but i used ICS cm9 on my tablet and i do like it better then gingerbread. Another problem is that there is a decent chunk of phones still using froyo and froyo's android market doesn't allow many apps like netflixs. Froyo was released in may 2010 btw.

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Uggh, not another fragmentation article. I am running ICS on my Galaxy Note 10.1, but JB on both my Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+).

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I had an iphone, a windows phone and most recently now have a htc one x. IMO windows phone is slightly better than IOS.

Compared to IOS and WP7 I have to say that Android ICS is a buggy piece of ***. It has way more apps than WP7, but most apps that are available on all three platforms look and perform much better on the IOS and windows phone.

There is also a lack of consistency in behavior across applications. Copying and pasting is a good example.

With WP7 and IOS I used the built in mail client which handled all my needs very well. On android the built in HTC email app was junk so now I have to run three different applications for my email. Then I want to set an alarm. JC there is no built in alarm I have to download an app? All the browsers suck compared to safari and ie. They are all buggy. In chrome sometimes I'll start tying and random letters just start popping up by themselves. Copying and pasting from a text box is nearly impossible. I have like 5 frickin browsers installed and there is something wrong with each and every one of them. It's awful. I can't wait till December 2013 when I am eligible for an upgrade and can get rid of Android!

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