This is About Android.
People are frustrated. Manufacturers and the carriers have left behind devices as the latest and greatest is released, new products are produced, leaving behind what feels incomplete and abandoned in the hands of their customer.
I keep reading in blogs about Ice Cream Sandwich. Then I read the comments. It is all there in black and white. Skip the fanboism. Skip the haters too. There is an anger being articulated. Regardless if it is termed fragmentation or as a legacy device. Consumers have bought into Android and wonder, “Why is my device left behind?”
Don’t believe me? Read this exclusive with Matias Duarte, Android's head of user experience, then check the comments. The article has all the shiny emphasis on Android’s new focus on the user experience. All the mouth watering reasons to want Ice Cream Sandwich is there, but so is the disillusionment in the comments. When someone writes, “CM9 will be out in about 4 months I'd guess, “ faith for an update is squarely on the shoulders of CyanogenMod, a rooted custom ROM. Then it is quickly pointed out, custom roms are no choice for the average consumer.
Manufacturers and carriers could jaw out the excuses in the past. “It is hard to keep up with development.” “This device doesn’t have enough power for the new update.” Meanwhile, the Android community, the one outside the manufacturers and carriers, have proven an older device is indeed capable of running the newer operating system. It is astonishing how fast this takes place. It has only been days and there is already a video with an SDK port. Sure this is a Nexus One, and its buggy, but it has not even been a week since Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. Yet still, HTC is making this statement, as reported by Engadge, which seems to be testing the waters with the same old exuses used for older hardware.
The problem is the average consumer. They read blogs, they know a custom ROM can bring them up to speed, but to do so means rooting their phone. Stuck between a rock and a hard place. Maybe this is why Steve Ballmer said, “You need to be a computer scientist to use Android?” OK, so I am giving Steve too much credit.Continued on the next page