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I wanted to take the time and explain why I am considering other platforms. I am not sure how far this will go, at the very worst it's fodder for trolls or an exercise in futility.

I used my Galaxy Note 4 everyday. I have loved Android since it was released ... on paper at least.

In the beginning I was just enamored with the level of customization. I rooted and modded my phone and enjoyed it immensely. I have continued to enjoy Android on my MT3G, Nexus One, Galaxy S, G2, MT4G, Note 2, Note 3, LG G4, Note 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and my two Odroids. That said, I am considering packing up and heading elsewhere. I love the choice that Android offers, but unfortunately that choice leads to the fragmentation.

Fragmentation - This has been going on for some time. Its getting worse.

1. OS - Android is the OS, it should be behind the scenes. It's a platform, treat it like one. This foundation should be OTA pushable to ALL android devices or at the very least a repository similar to what linux distros have been using for years. I understand there are other issues, but keep reading I have those covered.

2. Drivers - Every OEM should have a repository for their drivers. This would allow them to make minor updates to hardware performance without pushing an entire build update.

3. Embellishments - We all enjoy OEM embellishments. The little things that they have that keeps them competitive in a world filled with Androids. These too should be something the OEM is updating via repository. Again, we could get hardware fixes faster.

4. UI - This should be in the hands of the OEMs. This includes Google. When Google releases updates to the UI, lets call their UI the AOSP UI, just to keep it clear. Then Nexus devices should get UI updates from Google Repositories just as it would the OS. Conversely all the Downstream OEMs: HTC, Samsung, etc. should have their own respository for their UI: TouchWiz, Sense. This would allow OEMs to update their side. NOTHING from Google should be breaking phones.

5. Carriers - I know you're all in this to make money. I am ok with that, but don't use updates as a way to do that. Right now the FASTEST  way, without voiding warranties, to get updates is to buy another phone. People are going to lean toward upgrading, especially with T-Mobile's jump program, if it hasn't changed names, but no one should be considering upgrading a phone outside their plans upgrade period for performance. Performance, lets think about that. There are some people, and I am one of them, whose idea of better performance is a faster CPU and more RAM. With the last few phones I haven't felt like I needed CPU and RAM upgrades, but lately I have felt that there have been enough bugs in the either Android or TouchWiz, in this case but in no way isolated, my LG G4 experience was the worst. In short for this bullet point. Yes Carriers should have some say in things like EOL, but they shouldn't be dictating updates that dictate the functionality of, in some cases, $1000 phones! Lastly Carriers should have a repository for their updates to their contribution.

6. Bloatware - It pays the bills, but then so do your customers. How about a reasonable take on bloatware. Right now we can disable it, but its taking up precious space. Space that is no longer being supplemented by MicroSD. This was at the suggestion of Google, because the storage options were confusing. So why not work in a bloatware best by date. Samsung has shown that they can make a "logic fuse" that "burns" open when you modify, why not include something like that from initial setup. Basically what I am suggesting is a way to uninstall the apps six months down the line. Mind you this is one area that LG mostly got right, I just don't get the impression that when you uninstall included apps that they just remain in storage, an Android placebo if you will.

7. Storage - I hate to throw this out there, but this felt more like an attempt to bolster numbers for Google Drive. Which is a shame, because Drive is great. In fact, Drive is a great place to backup things, both on your internal storage or external storage, but thinking that will replace the convenience of an SDCard, well you've never been without reception then. Yes, OTG is an option, but as you will see in this article, http://www.dailylinuxnews.com/blog/2014/09/android-nexus-usb-otg-without-root/ - people are either having problems with OTG or were as of Sept 2014. As soon as Google took SD Cards away, this should have been implemented. This IMO this is very similar to when Google released the first Adroid and there was no file explorer.

8. Peripherals - I personally dislike mentioning this, but I feel obligated to. I read an article the other day about the Note 4 GearVR content not getting updated due to "compatibility" issues. I don't like this, because this was just in time for people to snap up an S6 and it's very own GearVR. Now, here's how it hurts both the Google product as well as the Samsung Product, it might not have been by design, but years of watching OEMs and Carriers release new phones, again their right to make money, with new versions of the OS and not updating current customers, at least not right now. So what Samsung now has is a group of people who really like the idea of GearVR and got it for their Note4 a combined price of $1300 give or take a dollar in taxes whose only option for new content, is to lay down even more money. Now if they have that kind of money, bully for them, but this isn't how you treat your customers. Google, you could get involved with Vetting, this is why I hate this. At least with this method, your customers would know what is solid and what isn't and the risk is on them, not that it isn't already

At the end of the day, you should be asking yourself, is Android sustainable in its current model. I don't think it is. I think on a long enough time line that people are going to just go broke and can no longer afford your products and services, or switch to another platform for the purposes of uniformity. Obviously, Google gets some of this otherwise the Material Design push wouldn't have been so hard.

I hope I didn't offend anyone, but I know that is easier said than done.
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Good News from the folks at Samsung.

Samsung acknowledges disabled Note 3 accessories; will issue OTA update http://drippler.com/updates/share/samsung-acknowledges-disabled-note-3-accessories-will-issue-ota-update Via j.mp/drippler_app

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Spigen A few days ago, users were reporting that the KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 disabled some unofficial accessories. Third-party S-View cases, which would trigger a special screen mode when closed, were no longer recognized by the Note 3 after the update. At the time, Samsung's response...
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Billion pixel camera? When do we get those on Android phones hehe
When thinking about powerful cameras, most gadget nuts would be happy with a Lumia 1020 or a 5D Mark III, but neither of those can match what's just left
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+Samsung Support USA +Samsung Galaxy Note 3 +Google Android I love my Note 3, and I love the way apps drawer were pre-foldered. What I'd like to see is a sort option. For instance, I'm using custom view to alphabetized my icons after my folders. This is a feature request, I'd like alphabetic sorting to offer listing folders first.
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+Google I see, on my Android, that the play store menu has changed again. I like it, but please, don't make +Microsoft 's mistake and keep changing the UI. Stick with what works.
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I'm looking for a movie from late 70s early 80s where a "model" is doing costume events for a new movie about a superhero. I remember a bus with a sorry if statute of the superhero flying on it, and the model started living up to the costume. I've searched high and low for this, any and all help is appreciated.
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I love my LG G3 - with one minor issue ... I moved from a Note 3. The blocked mode, on the Note 3, I only had to select the contact. Also I could block phone calls and yet allow you to received alerts from other apps. This is one my biggest pet peeves about my phone.
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OK. Blocking mode. Gotcha. Are you rooted, or do you have issues with 3rd party spots for this? I'm assuming you've screwed around with the baked in app enough to confirm there is just no way it'll do what you want.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update disables third-party accessories http://drippler.com/updates/share/samsung-galaxy-note-3-kitkat-update-disables-third-party-accessories Via j.mp/drippler_app

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Please let this be an oversight. The reason I've been buying Samsung devices is the array of peripherals, both Samsung and Third Party. I hope the party line isn't going to be security.

Fellow Samsung device users, let Samsung hear your voices, let's end this crap before it starts.
We have some bad news, folks. The official KitKat update recently went out to owners of the Galaxy Note 3 in some countries, and the update has brought with it a new “feature” from Samsung that just might lose it a lot of fans. With Android 4.4, Samsung finally enabled...
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+"galaxy note 10.1 2014 Edition" After a week and a half of shipping time buyer's remorse, Samsung delivered!
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Captain America 2 preview = a whole lot of Fuck yea
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I love my Android, but how is it that a search company puts out a great os and apps but I can't "search" in an app like hangouts
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End of the PC era?

I keep reading these articles how the PC and Desktop is dead, but I have to say, there's nothing more disappointing then when a friend sends you a link and you find out there the link isn't and the owner of the content hasn't made it available on mobile. Until all content is available on mobile platforms then it hasn't evolved enough to replace the PC.
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