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Android 4.0.4, eh?

If there’s something that really gets my blood boiling it’s seeing articles about Android 4.0.4 rolling out.

I think Jason Perlow couldn’t have put it better in his article - I’m sick to death of Android published in ZDNet yesterday.

He couldn’t have expressed my sentiments more exactly.  [Which I mentioned in a previous post of mine.]

How is it possible that 4.0.4 is rolling out for devices, when some devices haven’t even officially seen 4.0 yet?! Flagship devices at that!  

And the release of Android 5.0 (Jellybean) is looming over our heads, just a couple months away.

Updates have simply become a complete joke.

I’m guessing PLENTY of devices won’t even see ICS before Jellybean is rolled out.  

I have a Samsung Galaxy S II - the winner of Phone of the Year at the MWC - Samsung’s pride of 2011 - and the only taste of ICS I can currently have is by rooting and installing a Cyanogen 9 nightly build that isn’t even stable yet, and needs a few bug fixes.  Are you effing kidding me?

I thought it was due to the fact that I had a non-Nexus device (also mentioned in a previous post) - and per Perlow’s article, there isn’t much of an advantage there anymore either (he owns a Galaxy Nexus).

I’m looking into purchasing a tablet right now, and when I saw Android enthusiast Chris Soyars tweet this a couple of days ago - I knew that Android may be in a losing battle.

Being an Android enthusiast myself (not of the Jason Perlow and Chris Soyars caliber, of course), but love the openness, the flexibility and all of the rest of the Android specialties like widgets and more - but when you shell out $500 or more for a phone you expect to receive timely updates and upgrades.  I just feel so shafted right now.

I too have made the decision Jason made - and while I’m not currently planning on upgrading my phone (and am even quite relieved I ended up selling my HTC Sensation for the GSII), I will likely be purchasing an iPad 3 (despite considering the Asus Transformer Prime for a bit), because the Apple user experience is just infinitely better.  

It really saddens me, because I have had high hopes for Android.

A snippet from Jason Perlow’s article (really suggest reading it).

Back in October of last year, I wrote a impassioned response to James Kendrick’s piece “After iPhone 4S, Android Just Feels Wrong.”

In that article I cited many of the strengths of Android — the openness, the flexibility, the relative independence the user has from otherwise highly controlled ecosystems of its competitors. But I also addressed the flaws, ones I thought were eventually going to be ironed out with future OS releases and improved management of the Android ecosystem.

And at the time, I thought the strengths of Android vastly outweighed the flaws.

I’ve come to the conclusion that in an ideal world, the idea of an Android OS, application and manufacturer ecosystem that is perfectly managed would indeed make it the strongest of all the mobile OS offerings.

However, the reality is that we’re not living in an ideal world, and the flaws are seriously hampering qualitative advancements such as OS stability, overall platform standardization and maintenance, all of which ultimately have a negative impact on Android’s users and application developers.

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