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Android 5.0 Lollipop: Where Are The Updates?
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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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2/5/2015 | 2:55:34 PM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
There were a couple of occasions where I was able to point to a bug that was addressed before the final version of the software.
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soozyg,
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2/5/2015 | 2:49:11 PM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
jagibbons,

interesting, and did it help with bugs?
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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2/4/2015 | 12:09:18 PM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
Some carriers and manufacturers do have early or even pre-release testing groups. I did this for a while with Verizon on Motorola devices.
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jagibbons,
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2/4/2015 | 12:08:14 PM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
I found that limiting on my previous device (Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon). It can be overcome with some different messaging apps. I can see the whole message and respond with as much as I want on the Verizon Messaging app on my Galaxy Note 4. Not sure how available that is across multiple devices, though.

I think the idea was only to provide a preview. If the device is locked, you don't want someone else seeing the whole message. The preview should be enough to let you know how important the text is. At least that's the thought behind it. I'm not sure it was executed very well, though.
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soozyg,
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2/4/2015 | 11:50:54 AM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
I have 4.1.2 version. My LG started to malfunction about 6 months ago, so I had Verizon wipe it back to factory settings. I got an updated version, which actually has some pretty cool enhancements, but one that I find annoying: when a new text comes in, it automatically comes in through a pop-up box. Which is helpful, except that pop-up box has a max character allowance. So if the text goes longer than the allowance, then the text stops working and I have to copy and paste the message, go into my texting app and finish it off there. I find that is not an enhancement.
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soozyg,
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2/4/2015 | 11:29:35 AM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
So, it's normal for a new OS to have limited distribution? Do they pick who they're delivering to and ask for feedback?
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jagibbons,
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2/3/2015 | 7:41:52 PM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
True. A few less bugs is worth my time to wait. At this point in my career, I don't feel like I have the time to stumble through bleeding-edge adoption. I have staff members, mostly in the Millenial generation, who love that sort of thing. Maybe I'm just getting old.
Thomas Claburn
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2/3/2015 | 4:37:30 PM
Re: Sometimes early means buggy
Every major point release I can think of is buggy. Apple's OS X Yosemite has only now started to become stable. Google is in good company.
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jagibbons,
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2/3/2015 | 4:06:36 PM
Sometimes early means buggy
As an earlier adopter of a number of previous major and minor releases of Android code, I can say from experience that the bigger changes typically come with more problems early on. These days, I'm happy to wait a bit longer to let Samsung and Verizon (for my phone at least) work out more of the issues before pushing this out. Lollipop has some nice things to offer, but I'm quite happy with KitKat 4.4.4.


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