Part 2 of this fantastic roundup showing you all the advantages to complete every day tasks with Android and how complicated they are on an iOS device!
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- I learned to root my phone in less than 1 hour research in youtube, maybe less, as easy as that, and since that i've tried several roms, found the perfect one and happy with my phone, way, way better than the stock rom (running ICS on Galaxy Vibrant) and if your concern if the warranty, you can always go back to your official stock rom...
and the process take less than 20 mins...
Android rules... I have what I want, the way I want it, when I want it and how I want it!Apr 24, 2012
- I can see where you are going with this. This is my frustration with what I have seen.
What I am talking about when I say not as refined is the overlays aren't good. It seems, to me, these are slapped together and put into production. I have seed more force closes from apps from bad overlays. Also the glitches like just answering a phone call. My wife has the Fascinate and the puzzle-piece-answering system. You have to put the piece exactly where it needs to go in order to answer the phone. Not the best wile trying to drive, even while using a hands free systems. This example is directly a failure of the Samsung overlay. This, in turn, turns users off to the experience. This is why you see tons of posts saying they went to the iPhone because their Android wasn't as good. This is the same failure we saw on WIndows mobile OS. They made an OS (who knows if it was good or not.) and let al the hardware manufactures create overlays. The phones just didn't work. Also Microsoft also let the cell carrier handle updates; same as Android. The same update failure is here. In this way they are letting their vision of their OS slip away. They are letting hardware manufactures and cell carriers change the way it works.
With the update schedule, I would also like to input that Android phones are way more disposable then the Apple competitors. There are still people running the 3gS iPhone and are very happy with it. For the person that wants a longer life of the phone, the updates will support older hardware better than the Android platform. That said, this can be a benefit to the Android user as the user can get better hardware and software on demand. All it takes is to buy the newer better phone. That is why the cell carriers and hardware manufactures want to control the updates. They want you to go out an buy the new hardware. This is all a scam to me.
Also, if Google really wanted the open experience, they would put standards in to help load different versions of OS onto the different hardware. You wouldn't have to put the Mortal-Combat-style cheat code in to get to the OS manager. If they really wanted it to be an open system these phones would have the software separate from the hardware where drivers would be openly available to work with any version of the OS. Where you didn't have to go to different developer's sites to get vanilla Android; just download it straight from Google. This is what an open system would act like.
Again this is just all my preference. I know that all may not agree. I am not trying to push my opinion on anyone. In fact I like back and forth like this. It creates a better understanding of the problems for everyone.Apr 24, 2012
Point being you had to root it to love it. If it came with vanilla Android I bet you wouldn't have even had the urge to put different ROMs on it.
I love Android too. I have a few ideas on development for it. All secrets of course. It has infinite possibilites.Apr 24, 2012
One of the reasons I like the Android platform and have claimed for a long time that updates are not as important as they are made out to be is the fact that you can install apps from the app store that replace core functionality. For example your wife's Fascinate, have her try the GO Launcher which pretty much replaces any overlay by Samsung, Motorola, etc. GO Dialer replaces the phone/contacts screens, GO SMS replaces the text messaging app and adds functionality, much like Bite SMS from Cydia, but with even more options... For the unlock issue try installing either GO Locker or Widget Locker to change the way the phone is unlocked... This is beneficial because you don't have to wait for the company to implement upgrades, updates and features, 3rd party apps integrate just fine.
Android phones may have been more disposable at one point, however with the amount of processing power and RAM in the models since the Atrix was released last February make these phones last a whole lot longer. I bought an Atrix, still very snappy, though I have an Epic Touch now, only because we switched carriers. These phones will provide ample power going forward and result in the phones having a longer lifespan. Also, you can install most of the 3rd party apps I talked about above on any device and just see if it works. Apple has a habit of distributing an "upgrade" and claiming this or that functionality is not available because the hardware doesn't support it, yet it pops up in Cydia and works just fine... (I had the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 4, before moving to Android).
Also, I have been witnessing the exact opposite as you apparently... Most people I know are switching from iPhone to Android, not the other way around... I actually only know one person that went from Android to iPhone, but haven't seen her in a while so I don't know how it's working for her, either way...
As for allowing different versions, it is not entirely under Google's control as the manufacturers, along with their overlays, also install their device drivers and such for their own hardware. Often this is what holds up development of ROMs and such in the mod world. Once the manufacturers release their source and drivers the mods for their phone start becoming a lot more stable because the modders have access to the drivers. That said, having some knowledge of what's going on in the background helps as well... For instance, I'll stick with Samsung devices because Samsung has hired Cyanogen who is responsible for Cyanogen Mod, probably one of the more popular ROMS available, and delivers as close to vanilla Android as you can get. One of the things I'll consider going forward when purchasing hardware is how well the mod community has embraced the device... For example the SGSII has been very popular in the mod community, which is, for me anyways, considered before how often the manufacturer updates...
I like the back and forth too... I don't expect everyone to have to see it my way, and am also not under any delusion that Android doesn't have it's flaws. I just think that alot of the "claimed" flaws aren't as bad as they are made out to be...Apr 24, 2012
dont get me wrong, I didn't have to root it to love it, in fact I love it as its, but rooted? that expand the love more hahahahahahaApr 24, 2012
Thanks for the tips for my wife's phone. I feel like, in the pursuit of something different or cool these overlays have created a system that needs to be changed to work.
That is very interesting news that Samsung hired Cyanogen. I hope that the vision can come through as Samsung, in my opinion, has been the worst with the overlays in the past. Except the Nexus with vanilla.
The other area that will be a hurdle for Android will be the corporate or even small business environment. Getting new phones as phone upgrades come along would be hell as even something as simple as setting up email varies from manufacture to manufacture. At least it doesn't require additional software to be put on the email server like some phones (cough blackberry).Apr 24, 2012