Want the latest version of Android?

Want the latest Android version on your phone?
It’s that time of the year again. Google announces the next version of Android with a host of new features, and gets everyone talking excitedly about it. The user breathlessly reads about the new features, and sweats with wondering wether he’ll get it on his brand-new phone. After all, it’s a two-year contract he has signed, so no wonder he will get it, right?
Wrong. There’s a very less chance that he will get it, and it’s not because he does not have the the very top-of-the line flagship model of the company he has bought it from. After Google announces a new version of it’s OS, it is made available after one or two months to the manufacturers so they can release it to their customers as soon as possible. So our user-in-question should get it as soon as after a month, right? But what happens actually? Why do manufactures delay so much in providing an update to their users? Why is it always that all Apple users get an update around the globe, wherever they are, leaving Android users leaving in fury and shame?

The Android fragmentation

The Android diversity
Back in 2010, when Google announced its operating system, codenamed Android, there were not many oem’s who wanted to take the risk of trusting Google and making a phone based entirely off it. There was HTC, and then there were, well none. But Android began to grow at a very exponential rate, and now there are literally hundreds of oem’s making and selling Android devices. So how do the bug guys like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG differentiate their products from others and make something that truely stands out?
These oem’s have no option but to skin what Google provides them and give their own user interface to it. This is the reason why,lets say, a Samsung phone and an HTC phone, both based on Ice Cream Sandwich, look complety different. If you have seen a nexus device, that’s how the original Android looked like before it landed to the manufacturers.

Skinning is hard
Making Android look how they want is not an easy thing. If you think it’s just a matter of copying a code and replacing it with what Google provides them, you’re entirely wrong. Skinning with their own UI is a tremendous task, and this takes months to complete. After that, they have to ensure that it is bug-free, so the user can actually enjoy instead of spending time solving the problem and cursing the manufacturer. If you are a Galaxy s3 user who recently upgraded to jelly bean, you know the problem of opening the app drawer from the homescreen- the smooth animation of ics is replaced with a hard, un-sophisticated animation if you open the app drawer after a long time. And make no mistake – ¬†the end user is not forgiving. Even small mistakes like this ruin the feel and aesthetics of the device for him, making him hate the oem more and more. So, giving Android their own UI and ensuring that it is bug free is a daunting task, which takes months.

The carrier problem
After months of hard work, when oem’s are actually ready with the update, they have to give it to the carriers(if you have a carrier based phone) to ‘pass certificates’. Carriers will never be fast. And there will be no one to blame except yourself to have bought a carrier based phone. Things begin to take an evil turn if the phone you bought isn’t a nexus phone.

The ‘worrying sick’ problem
What drives these manufacturers to go crazy in dealing with all this hard work, when the updates are free of cost, is that users are becoming aware of technology and knowing that their device isn’t up to date with the latest innovation. The moment Google announces a new OS, forums, threads, blogs get filled with the same thing – which phones will actually be able to upgrade to it. Users search like crazy and hope that their phone will make it to the list. And when their manufacturers declare that their phone wont be receiving an update, users get frustrated – and promise never ever to buy from that manufacturer again. People turn to the absolute last option they have – custom ROMs, and without proper researching, they end with a big paper bill.

The solution
The fact is that – no one can change all this. The one thing, however, that you can do about it is change how you think. You must understand that it is really tough for oems and carriers to co-operate with one another to finally bring up the update to you. Ask yourself this question – does my device serve the purpose for which it is bought for? If the answer is yes, then most probably you don’t need an update. Or if you are the one that must be at the top of the Android version, straight away buy a nexus device. You’ll be ensured a speedy delivery of the updates, delivered straight from Google.

Nexus devices

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Ready, Set, FLASH?

Custom ROMs. It’s a loosely used term here in the world of us Android enthusiasts. Yet most of the people I talk to about their awesome Android devices don’t know their OS version. Let alone what a Custom Rom is. WE can change all that.Let’s get excited about our chance to share what we have so much confidence in. Android.

Truly the best way to spread the word is do just that. My mother in law just bought an iPhone 5 but was completely blown away by the functions of the custom software installed on my HTC One V (HOV) and wished she had bought an Android device after seeing one in action. So please brag, show off your devices and the power of Google and Android. Now this is not a call to arms for the whole droid universe to be running custom ROMs. Yet an attempt at letting the world know how to maximize their experience with Google. We know these devices better than anyone, and we should share the wealth so to speak. Hey, maybe along the way make an iPhone jealous. So go grab your mom, cousin, boss and show them the joy of what we know Android to be!

With our concentrated efforts pointed in the right directions, we can make this happen. From the knowledge we pour onto these pages to that helpful hint you gave to the “noob” in your favorite Android forums; share the passion and let others see what we see when we unlock that screen!

A simple debriefing mission

I think it is fair to say that we all heard of Android by now, sure as hell we already know what Google is and its products. From the world’s #1 Web search engine to world’s #1 OS for smartphones in just a couple of years. ANDROID!

If you are living under a rock and you didn’t understand what is all this Android stuff, have no fear, I will try to break it down for you in the next few lines. Here are a few facts about Android:

  • Android is a Linux-based operating system (OS), originally developed by Android, Inc. – a company which was later on bought by Google.
  • The first Android phone was sold in October 2008, the HTC Dream.
  • Android is an open-source OS, Google releasing the code constantly, under the Apache License.
  • Android had a world-wide smarth phone market share, with 75% points, back in 2012, with 500 millions devices activated in total.
  • Android, Inc. was founded in October 2003 by Andi Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White.
  • Google took Android, Inc. into custody on August 17, 2005. Key employees of Android, Inc. remained at the company.
  • Major releases are named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat (i.e version 1.5 was Cupcake, 1.6 was Donut etc.).
  • First version of Android was 1.5 a.k.a Cupcake.
  • Current version of Android is: 4.2.1, the very well known “Jellybean”.

Our team consists in Android enthusiastic fans, who are daily at the task to enjoy what Google created at first, but carried on by millions of people all over the world.

We are requesting all passengers to join us as we discover the Android experience at its finest!