Ive used gingerbread, ics and gelly bean. I've had major hassles (force closes, freezing, apps not responding with ics and gelly bean, however not with gingerbread. In my opinion Gingerbread is the most reliable, stable, durable and probably the lightest on system resources such as RAM as it was built for slower, weaker, older hardware.
Gingerbread is definitely the way to go.
I have a phone with Froyo Custom ROM on it. Amazing performance and very good basic Android Phone for day to day use. Email, Calls, Whatsapp Music and Basic Photography.
What a general user wants? Bigger display is luxury. These days, Cellphones are more of a status symbol than a utility device. If you agree with this thought, there is hardly a need to have most advanced device, on which half the function are of no use to many of us.
NeXT MaX, 02 Aug 2013I have an old Froyo phone but now is very limited only for make calls and some apps I can inst... moreI agree with you. I do have a phone with Froyo Custom ROM on it. Amazing performance and very good basic Android Phone for day to day use. Email, Calls, Whatsapp Music and Basic Photography.
What a general user wants? Bigger display are luxury. These days, Cellphones are more of a status symbol than a utility device. If you agree with this thought, there is hardly a need to have most advanced device, on which half the function are of no use to many of us.
Anonymous, 02 Aug 2013Android OS is resource hungry OS due to which Android powered devices users complain about bat... more100% agree. I started out with Android but after five Android phones and saw too many big flaws with Android. Java is just buggy and slow even on PC. Prefer WP8 and iOS.
Of course Jelly bean is going to surpass gingerbread. gingerbread is old software all the new phones are loaded with jelly bean, personally i prefer gingerbread as there was more control over the background data, but as with all old versions of software it starts to lag espcially after updating any apps as they are optimised for the new sofware
Having many android devices with differents versions of android, i'm for GB too. GB is like win XP : fast, stable, rarely, very rarely software issues (unlike android 4.X) , doesn't need much power to run.
Android OS is resource hungry OS due to which Android powered devices users complain about battery backup. It is the OS that has most of the malwares simply because Google doesn't review applications manually and developers gets their apps live within an hour of submission and processing. That app could be a malware created to invade your privacy. Android has lot of apps but if you look around the net, Android apps are often buggy and some of them do not work the way they promise to (read virus prone). That's the problem on android- every tom or harry with a PC can create an app or a virus and make it look legit. Android tends to lag as it always has a lot apps running in the background (though you can close them but then again those apps gets restarted) and Android OS wasn't created from scratch, many ideas to create Android were copied from Symbian and the apps are written in Java VM due to which it lags. That also consumes a lot of power. Android OS requires powerful hardwares, especially chipset and RAM. In Android, the RAM management isn't efficient. I wanted to try a Nexus device simply because i have heard pure Android doesn't lag but i was shocked to see the scrolling lag on Nexus 4. It's just the animations which try to hide the lag but fails to do so. The lag is more prominent on Samsung Android devices because Touchwiz is heavy UI. I have had Samsung Galaxy Y, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, Note II, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, without exception all of them had heating and lagging issues because of that i sold my Samsung Galaxy Y, HTC One X+, SE Xperia Play, Samsung Galaxy S4 replaced two times but due to same issue i got a refund, Note II, and Nexus 4. Google Play has a lots of applications but 2/4 of the apps in Play Store are pornographic apps, fart simulating apps, copy of another app by different name, Whatsapp add ons, Live wallpapers, themes for different launchers, apps that doesn't even work, too many Talking Tom copies etc., These applications contribute 2/4 of the apps in Play Store. There are very less quality apps in Play Store. Google has implemented NSA codes into Android OS (NSA, short for the National Security Agency, which has been giving codes to Android since 2011) The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats,the document says. The program facilitates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. The law allows for the targeting of any customers of participating firms who live outside the US, or those Americans whose communications include people outside the US.It also opens the possibility of communications made entirely within the US being collected without warrants. So, basically your personal data is no longer secure. Your personal infomartion goes to the NSA no matter where you are and which Android phone you've. Even Google is spying on your mails, search history. Some Android apps take pictures automatically and sends it to NSA, your gallery is also sent to NSA, the thumbnails to be exact. Android phones tracks your location and sends the information to Google which then would either go to NSA or Google will use it to advance their maps. You are no longer secure. Google has been spying since they were born. Think its time to move on to a new OS
Wait and watch. How this huge OS fragmentation of Android and unstable nature of Android OS is gonna let down the Android.
Also several oems hav not upgraded their phones with capable hardwares.. Eg LG's phones with dual core and 1gb ram r still stuck on gingerbread..
Anonymous, 02 Aug 2013 Unlike iOS updates that hardly do anything but use up memory space.Now that's an awfut thing to say about Jelly Bean android going backwards for not been able to move apps to SD card. ...lol....
Anonymous, 02 Aug 2013What the hell is honeycombe?In fact Honeycomb was a nice idea, was only for tablets and personally I liked a lot.
Now all is different, but Honeycomb was very distinctive and original. In fact every single update from Android is original from my humble point of view.
Hey all, im a follower of Android for a lot of yrs, i even used to criticize Apple a lot for their overprices products.
I know they r a lot of stupid people out their that r willing to give their money to a company just cuz they can say i have an "Apple" device, despising the specs that android devices offers for less prices.
But right now Apple is in a critical moment, they r loosing very quickly. If this continue, our Androids Devices will RISE their prices, and we will be having kinda same situation as Apple consumers (Paying overpriced devices).
I had, Sg1, Sg2, Sg3 and recently bought Samsung Galaxy S4 (SG4), every time i buy a Samsung device their prices keep rising, and when Samsung finally bury Apple, they will rise their device like in 40-60%.
I say, we should stop making comments about Apple users, let them waste their money for a simple Apple Logo. Its not our money, let them give it away. That will keep Android companies to have low prices.
Anonymous, 02 Aug 2013 Even Cupcake had more functionality than iOS will ever have, so there's really no need for up... moreI have an old Froyo phone but now is very limited only for make calls and some apps I can install just to play with. Still have use, but is not longer compatible with many apps.
However works a lot better than iPhone 2 hehehe
NeXT MaX, 02 Aug 2013Unification in what? There still selling a lost of GB Android devices, specially in emerging e... more Even Cupcake had more functionality than iOS will ever have, so there's really no need for updates on older phones.
Anonymous, 02 Aug 2013 And so Android is on the path of unification, defusing yet another thing Apple could say abou... moreUnification in what? There still selling a lost of GB Android devices, specially in emerging economy countries.
I dont see clear this "unification" your mention. Specially when every update need better hardware and is more fat for many Android devices. :( I don't like iOS but is clear their OS 7 will run in iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S. And Jelly Bean don't run in many 2010-2012 Devices from stock in some you need ROM modd but thats not the original idea and many even don't have that modd.....