One ROM to Rule Them All
Leading up to the release of Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) there was a lot of talk about fragmentation and how ICS would unify the platform.
Personally I’ve never developed a strictly native Android app so I don’t know what kind of hurdles a developer might face, but there has not been many apps that I could only run on my Droid 2 Global (which incidentally is still on Android 2.2 or Froyo if you will) but not on my Honeycomb tablet.
The reverse isn’t true of course since I have an Acer Iconia A500 with the Tegra 2 processor, so obviously the difference is with the available hardware; not the operating system.
My time with ICS has been limited to playing with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here and there that belongs to a fellow Android enthusiast I work with.
I’ll admit, I have phone envy. It’s a beautiful piece of hardware and Ice Cream Sandwich is smooth as butter. That being said, I’m not sure I want a tablet running ICS. Not in it’s current form at least.
Maybe I’m alone on this but, I like having a different version of Android on my phone than on my tablet for a very simple reason; my phone and my tablet have completely different purposes.
The fact that the iPhone and iPad have the same exact OS is absolutely revolting to me. With the release of Google’s new developers style guide, unifying the OS and defining what apps should look like, it feels more and more like we’re moving towards iOS.
The custom ROM community may be our only saving grace.
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