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Android Software Upgrades Build

CyanogenMod Drops ROM Manager In Favor of OTA Updates 111

Posted by timothy
from the sure-beats-at&t-for-my-phone-then dept.
sfcrazy writes "There's some great news for CyanogenMod fans. The CM team has decided to drop ROM manager, which was the de facto standard of getting CyanogenMod updates." Instead, the CM team is building its own updating method, explained (with screenshots) at Android Police.
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CyanogenMod Drops ROM Manager In Favor of OTA Updates

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  • Re:Better Android (Score:5, Insightful)

    by s_p_oneil (795792) on Sunday September 30, 2012 @07:26PM (#41509091) Homepage

    I don't know. I never had a working camera app with CM. It would take anywhere from 0 to 3 pictures before forcing me to reboot the phone, and when I tried to take video, the visual quality was so bad that you couldn't recognize the people in the videos. That kind of killed one of the major benefits of having a smartphone for me.

    Maybe they've improved it since then, but the last thread I read on the subject (maybe 6-12 months back) was "Well, the camera still doesn't work, but..." Needless to say, when I upgraded my phone, I chose NOT to install CM.

  • Re:Better Android (Score:2, Insightful)

    by NemosomeN (670035) on Sunday September 30, 2012 @08:00PM (#41509281) Journal
    You can easily screw up your device trying to get CM on it, and on some devices will lose functionality. CM is not for the a lot of people that Android is very popular among (People who pic their phone based on which one looks nicest and is free with an x-year contract). Your auto-mechanic does not need to be getting CM 9 nightlies pushed to his phone.
  • Re:Better Android (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NemosomeN (670035) on Sunday September 30, 2012 @08:54PM (#41509607) Journal
    That's because stupid people don't put CM on their phones. Stupid people do, however, buy iPhones.
  • Re:Better Android (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 30, 2012 @08:55PM (#41509609)

    Is that a nightly, alpha, beta or final? Did they list camera app not working in the release notes? If any of the answers is yes, than I have no sympathy for you.

    CM does not necessary guarantee that everything will work. Also, depending on the popularity of any device among the developers, some of them do get left behind, while some are not picked up, and some devices are just awesome with CM.

    >I chose NOT to install CM.

    Congratulations: Now you know you have a choice.

  • Re:jargon decoding (Score:4, Insightful)

    by aaron552 (1621603) on Sunday September 30, 2012 @09:57PM (#41509921) Homepage

    Samsung doesn't do bad

    You've obviously never tried to write wrappers for exynos blobs. The exynos chipsets and/or binary blobs are a nightmare to work with, and the main reason why the GS2 (and probably S3) have so many problems with CM. When it's not a Samsung-designed SoC (eg. OMAP or Snapdragon), it's a lot nicer. Sure, it's fairly easy to get a custom OS running on an exynos chipset, but getting it running well is... well...

  • Re:Better Android (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 30, 2012 @10:02PM (#41509947)

    If you've "flashed dozens of phones" than you're heads and tails above the average smartphone user. Sorry, not everyone is a geek. 99.99% of the people out there who own smartphones would have no clue to even understand where to begin to flash a phone. Hell, they probably don't even know what the term means.
    As far as trolls? No, there are people who've heard of flashing from G4tv or some random podcast and think it's the thing to do. The number of geek wanna-bes is astounding. Real geeks are definitely outnumbered in this case. Why is it that anyone who is clueless about anything the majority of Slashdotters consider hip but who is interested is a troll?
    Next you'll be telling us that anyone who's had a positive experience with Windows 8 is a shill. That kind of bullshit has played out. Move on.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst