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Microsoft Chief Slams Google As Lollipop Hits 10 Percent
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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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5/7/2015 | 7:23:28 AM
Slow rollout
Yes, Apple controls the hardware and Google does not in most cases. I have a Nexus 7 LTE and still wait for 5.0 to come through OTA. And that although there is already 5.1 and later available. I looked into sideloading 5.0, but the process is cumbersome and might just brick my tablet.

I would find less fault in Google's approach if they didn't cut all support for 4.3 and below. And a company the size of Google and with so much financial power ought to be able to get new major versions rolled out faster.
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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5/6/2015 | 11:07:24 AM
Huge difference between iOS and Android that seems to be left out...
Remember that Apple controls the hardware and software, whereas Android has to be deployed on tens (possibly hundreds) of different hardware variants. That makes Apple's rollouts easy, as they have only a few pieces of hardware to work with (really two, iPads and iPhones - iPods now are pretty much iPhones with no radio). That makes a HUGE difference in easy of rollouts. So in the case of this story, one of Android's strong points (on multiple vendors, majority of marketplace) is also its Achilles' heel.
michaelklang
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5/6/2015 | 9:51:26 AM
Missing key point
Article misses the key point and distinction.

Apple controls the hardware, that is why upgrades are easy, they can test all hw versions in-house before updating. I don't own a nexus, but I would think updates are frequent and smooth on the devices google has full control over. 

Most of the android vendors modify the OS before they release it, adding custom UIs etc, like HTC. This is much harder to control.

I have both an iphone and a droid, both are just ok, both hang. Apple updates have been smooth, but I never notie any benefit, other than a new apple watch icon I didn't ask for.

I thought microsoft was more controlling of the platform, no customizations, so I would have thought they would have better updates.
tjgkg
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5/6/2015 | 7:25:30 AM
Pot. Kettle. Black.
Microsoft is in no position to criticise anyone with regard to software updates. They should think back to the Win 8 fiasco because it is just the latest example of just how bad an operating system and its rollout can be. Vista was bad and some people still remember ME, but nothing tops 8 for sheer incompetence.

Having said that i just downloaded Lollipop on my S4 and it functions just fine. It appears to drain my battery a bit faster but otherwise it seems solid. The one area i would criticise Android is the amount of bloatware that you cannot get rid of on the phone. iOS does not seem to have any of that-or at least maybe the IT department removed it from my company phone. And why should the carrier dictate when you can update the operating system? I do like Apple's way of updating much better.
rradina
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rradina,
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5/5/2015 | 7:27:04 PM
Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft...
And what commitment did you make to upgrade the billion personal computers that were running Windows XP when Vista, 7 and 8 were released?  Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black?


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