the two main things i like about iOS more than android are
a) it looks WAY nicer
b) this horrifying graph (and all others like it)
major android update drinking game: take a drink every time a major update promises
- machine learning
- vastly improved battery life
- a new framework that does slightly more and a lot less than the old one
- we're making safetynet even stricter and implementing it into more of android, but it's still totally open source you guys, together not the same haha
- the end of update fragmentation
- fuck you
i'm sure a lot of people are wondering why i use Android instead of iOS, and that's because android is like sitting in a vat of non lethal acid whereas iOS is like a bullet through the head
iOS would hurt a lot less, and have a lot less logistical issues, but it's also immediately fatal
"immediately fatal" in this sense is "entirely closed, both in source code and philosophy, and run by the richest company in the world"
if android went closed source i would definitely switch to iOS as soon as the old open versions became unusable
how did we get from "linux allows you to update the kernel without needing to reboot" to "linux runs on the majority of all phones and the "distro" they use is so heavily fucked up by awful modifications and bureaucratic bullfuckery that most people are several years of updates behind, and even the very newest phones use outdated kernel versions"
@binchicken i haven't done a long "i am angry about android" thread in a while
i used to just randomly rant about weird specific shit like the kitkat storage API change or media transfer protocol for like, an hour
i thought i had healed from those dark times
@lynnesbian that's EXACTLY why I want to provide an alternative, but sadly it won't be ready until *at the earliest* late 2022.
E-Line (the OS component of System E) will be highly modular, so individual modules will be updated, instead of the whole system. You can install some custom modules, and the "official" ones can still update normally!
@lynnesbian can you please link to the latest stable open source android version? would love to get my phone stable ;w;
@uint8_t it's not nearly as easy as something like a desktop Linux distro where you download an ISO and install it, you need specific builds for your exact model of phone (down to whether it's single or dual phone) that include binary blobs to drive things like the cell reception and firmware
it's a major, major pain in the ass to build your own, and requires absurd specs including about 100GB of SSD space just for one build
@lynnesbian I built a Lineage 14.1 for my sony E5823 to have Wireguard support in the kernel, but it still feels like Windows 98 when I had to reinstall it every once in a while for no reason
> and that's because android is like sitting in a vat of non lethal acid whereas iOS is like a bullet through the head
and they overcharge you for the bullet.
I would have switched to iOS if not for their laughable patent lawsuit over a curve shape.
Really lose respect for them after that.
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@lynnesbian Those smug frat boys are calling their new operating system all but "fucks ya," and I don't think this is meant to imply pleasure or consent.
@lynnesbian also they both have a tendency to lock you into their own ecosystems if you purchase apps or music
@SwooshyCueb google music used to allow you to play any song on your phone or your google account
about 6 months ago my mum called me and told me her music wasn't playing
turns out, the newer versions of google music require you to upload your MP3 files to google music in order to play them
the app displays the MP3 files just fine, but when you click play it just tells you no
also you can't upload the files through the app
@SwooshyCueb did i mention that any songs bought through google play can only be downloaded a total of two times ever, unless you use their music sync app
which also doesn't work on android devices
literally the only way to obtain an MP3 of the song you bought on google play on an android device is to go to the google play music web library thing, enable "desktop mode" in your browser to get the desktop version of the site, and use up one of your two forever downloads on it
@lynnesbian Have you checked out the pine phone from the pine64 project? I'm thinking of jumping to that.
But basically, fuck this market, I'll ditch all the apps and take anything that makes phone calls and can run python, even if I have to implement a UI myself.
I also love using open source software.
Sent from my Android phone with all the Google-crap ripped out of it, and it can still run almost a dozen different apps.
@lynnesbian I just wanted to say, as a LineageOS user, that I appreciate everything about this post.
Aside from the hardware of my phone actually still being pretty great, I'm very ready to switch to an Apple phone. Android is just a mess. Not even a hot one.
@lynnesbian Oracle bought the company that did the live kernel patching and I stopped hearing about it after that.
@lynnesbian I didn't know until very recently that even the latest versions of Android are still haven't moved to kernel version 5. I mean, I understand they probably backport a lot so they can take their time evaluating the changes and how they might affect their platform, and it also avoids breaking compatibility with the proprietary drivers they have to use for most of the hardware, but it's just crazy how far behind it can be.
@lynnesbian google had perfect, gender neutral emojis that they decided to ruin.. apples have always just sucked.
@lynnesbian I don't really care about fragmentation per se. Like, desktop Linux fragmentation is ok. But Android is fragmented only in the worst ways.
It is basically a ton of crapware that is incompatible with one another. All the companies competing for control over your phone occasionally deadlock themselves and leave the device unusable.
@lynnesbian I mean, '50% of devices use iOS 13' because Apple goes out of their way to *quickly* stop providing updates to anything more than a couple years old, and then everything on the App Store is updated to target only that newest or newest - 1 version.
- Signed, bitter, jaded individual who was gifted a hand-me-down iPad when his parents 'upgraded' to find it's forever locked to iOS 9.x with no way to replace it with Linux or anything with actual security updates.
@lynnesbian At least if you get the 'right' kind of Android device, when the manufacturer stops supporting it you can unlock the bootloader and hopefully slap LineageOS or something on it and actually be a lot more up to date than otherwise.
But all of this comes down to the fact that SoC vendors push chips that are ultra closed, proprietary piles of trash with ancient drivers that require similarly ancient Linux kernels, and you can't easily upgrade because of all the binary blobs.
@kithop i think it'd be a lot more interesting to see a chart comparing the iOS/android versions used by phones 3 years old and less
the android chart would look less worse but still awful compared to the iOS one
@lynnesbian Not to mention they PRETEND to ATTEMPT to take your privacy seriously. Every time someone cracks open an android app they find a listening device next to a cryptominer.
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