It would never fly in the PC world — imagine Microsoft telling customers “Sorry, you have to make HP, Dell, and Lenovo provide you with a free update for our operating system.” The disparity is even larger if you consider that, in most cases, a computer running a previous version of Windows be upgraded by the end user to run the next version.
That upgrade may be a headache, but system requirements on Windows haven’t budged in nine years.
One obvious reason for Google to stop fixing Android Browser problems is that the company is aggressively moving to get OEMs to stop using Android’s open-source features and to replace them with features licensed directly from Google.
The flaws in this case affect Android 4.1 to 4.3, aka Jelly Bean, which began shipping in mid-2012 and was the primary version of Android through late 2013, or roughly 14 months ago.
Up until quite recently, Google has aggressively patched problems in Android’s Web View rendering engine.
Facebook Timeline is a radical new profile page design that Facebook will launch around the end of September 2011.
It was announced by Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's F8 conference following an introduction from SNL's Andy Samberg.
The new Facebook profile is divided into two main columns, with a line down the middle representing the passage of time.
Users are encouraged to add life events which were not captured by Facebook, particularly those that occurred before the person joined Facebook.
Android — it’s just ensuring that the only parts of the program that get feature updates, capability improvements, and performance enhancements are the parts that require licensing agreements and promises not to develop competing products.
The reason Amazon’s Kindle Fire has its own app store, and Samsung’s continued interest in Tizen are both the result of Google’s push to embed itself into the center of mobile business while paying lip service to the idea of open source.
Specifically, the company states that: If the affected version [of Web View] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves, but welcome patches with the report for consideration.