Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The state of Android updates: Find: Who’s fast, who’s slow, and why

Nexus and Motorola phones update rapidly, Samsung and lg very slowly. 


The state of Android updates: Who’s fast, who’s slow, and why
// Ars Technica

Aurich Lawson

Android 4.4, KitKat was released on October 31, 2013, or at least, that's what you can say about one device: the Nexus 5. For the rest of the ecosystem, the date you got KitKat—if you got KitKat—varied wildly depending on your device, OEM, and carrier.

For every Android update, Google's release of code to OEMs starts an industry-wide race to get the new enhancements out to customers. So how did everyone do this year? Who was the first with KitKat, and who was the last? What effect does your carrier have on updates? How has the speed of Android updates changed compared to earlier years?

Given all those variables, we wanted to check in on the specifics of Android in 2014. There are lots of slightly different ways to go about measuring something like this, so first, a word about our methodology. All of these charts measure KitKat's update lag time in months. For our start date, we're picking October 31, 2013, the day KitKat was released on the Nexus 5. For our finish time for each device, we're going with the US release of an update via either OTA or downloadable system image. OTAs are done on a staggered release schedule, so it's hard to tell exactly when they start and finish—we just went with the earliest news of an update.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Find: This is how we shop in the future

On the transformation wrought by mobiles. 


// The Verge - All Posts

By Ellis Hamburger and Ben Popper

There’s something special about the mall. The smell. The squeaky-clean floors. The blinding light and ethereal music that seems to emanate from the air itself. The suburban mall has always been an essential communal watering hole, a place to see and be seen, and a place to window shop. But — the golden age of the mall is over, it seems. During the 2013 holiday season, US stores got half the foot traffic they did three years ago, says The Wall Street Journal.

Instead, we’re shopping online and shifting our attention towards new watering holes — apps like Instagram, Pinterest, and Wanelo — places to show off our new designer jeans and designer vacations. It is estimated that by the end of 2014, nearly a...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Find: indystate - Chinese smartphone makers are eating away at Samsung Galaxy sales

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Find: example of why webdev is hard

Browsers aren't truly standard. Here, WebKit is different from ie

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Find: Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton hotels by end of 2016

Phones are keys. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Job: Validic

A health startup 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Find: A Closer Look at Android RunTime (ART) in Android L

With each android version google focuses on a new "thing". This time it's performance. 

Google does it with discarding jit compilation for compile at first execution, improved garbage collection, and going 64 bit. 

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