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Re: I hated this article
Actually I tend to agree with what the author said. As much as I love the stock or vanilla Android experience there are a lot of benefits to the UI's that OEM's use on their devices. Without those, let's call them enhancements for now, you wouldn't get some of the great features that the OEM's provide in their custom software. For instance, the SGS 4 and the HTC One's camera would not be as great as they are without the software written for them by the manufacturer. The Google Editions of the SGS 4 and the One may not be as good as they are right now with their respective 'skins' because of all the things that are added in for user experience, like Beats Audio, or software tweaks for the screens to give the consumer the best experience possible. Not everyone needs or wants the stock Android experience. I have used most of the 'skins' and they all add some benefits with a unique user experience. I do in fact prefer the stock Android look and feel but I also have a lot of respect for what the OEM's bring to the table in terms of new features that do not come with stock Android. People can always run a different launcher to get that 'stock' feel while retaining the added software benefits from the OEM. I do agree with you on the slow updates, that is something comes with the territory when dealing with software not included in stock Android. I think that if the carriers get their hands out of the update process the time to actually receive an update would be greatly reduced. Android is in a really good spot right now with Jelly Bean being so stable. I like the fact that Google has cut back on the major updates to once a year, more or less, to let the OEM's catch up if you will. The OEM's are getting better at updates as we progress. If Google I/O was any type of indication of what's to come, that is updating Android without actually updating Android (Google Play Services, other service updates), this will help get features that used to be available only after updating the core OS to more people running older versions of the OS. This will help with the inherent fragmentation issue, which is not as bad as it has been in the past. Only time will tell I guess. Sorry for the long reply but I just typed this out as I thought of it. Ha.