Jimbob of Jonestown, 13 Apr 2018Anyone who appreciates device maintainability.
Rooting your phone and loading a custom OS i... moreNexus 4 got official update to Android 5.1.
I'm still using my Nexus 4 with a custom ROM and feel little need to upgrade.
But then you'll have to get a phone out of the 5 phones they put on flash sales
Anonymous, 13 Apr 2018What’s the point? Who cares, apart from über geeks? Who care right, they just taking advantage of the open source community by taking thing for free and not doing what they suppose to do right?
Seriously, it didn't even have to be a geek to understand ethic and moral of following legal rule, the who make the base code is already kind enough to make it open source, if not android may not even exist, what xiaomi had to do is just releasing the modified code, that's all, no payment needed, other company release it within days of launch of their device
AnonD-357853, 13 Apr 2018In the day that most OEMs who respect themselfs release kernel sources even a couple of days b... moreTotally agree. They should honor the GPL by releasing the sources as soon as possible but given their track record this just feels a major improvement. Shame that a 3 month period is now being applauded.
Anonymous, 13 Apr 2018What’s the point? Who cares, apart from über geeks? Anyone who appreciates device maintainability.
Rooting your phone and loading a custom OS is not terribly hard - and it makes it so as long as your device is not failing in other aspects, it can last a much longer time.
You are right - the immediate impact of this is for the uber-geeks who know how to kernel and ROM develop. However, for the rest of us it means access to new ROMs with fantastic features and maintainability.
I have never lived in fear of losing a current OS. Hell, I have a Nexus 4 that got cutoff officially with... Jelly Bean, I believe (4.3). It's running 8.1. That happened because source was available, and as long as that happens, people can theoretically update it for quite some time.
It takes the reigns out of the company's hands and Google's to keep us updated. We can do it ourselves. Less waste, longer device life, and the roms often bake fantastic features that Google later copies into the main code of android.
Anonymous, 13 Apr 2018What’s the point? Who cares, apart from über geeks? You mean the people who want to get rid of Xiaomi's puke colored UI and want a stock android experience ? ....then sure we're all uber geeks.
--VM--, 13 Apr 2018Poor people doesn't care their security .. If you prefer security .. Forgot things .Security through obscurity is quite the flawed principle.
leledumbo, 13 Apr 2018Learn to appreciate every effort, complainer.Beggars cannot be chosers but the truth must be said, and this is the truth, devil's advocate.
Omar Mohamed, 13 Apr 2018What the .....?!!!!!!
This will ease the process of custom roms .Poor people doesn't care their security ..
If you prefer security ..
Forgot things .
Hackers well understand programmes ..
Then easy to hack Xiaomi phones ..
Security breach is possible
tell this to the great guys over at mi.com,xda who have painstakingly created roms for devices like the redmi2 without any sources from xiaomi. as somebody already said, it's appreciated that xiaomi's doing this, but it's not enough i guess.
In the day that most OEMs who respect themselfs release kernel sources even a couple of days before launching a device or an update with the latest being a week or two after, Xiaomi gets applauded for making a commitment to release them in a window of 3 months? While this is better than not releasing them at all, (which is illegal so they get no points for doing it anyway) a tactic they used to follow in the not-distant-at-all past I don't see why people should really applaud them. This is still poor job.