At this point in time several patches are available. And from more than one source; no need to wait on a vendor that may not even acknowledge the issue. One need only search on the phrase "stagefright patch" to see information on this.
While not all phones are covered by the available and proposed patches, conversely there are no known exploits in the wild at this time.
And indeed would sell about as well if they came with something else installed on them, which would then be the default paradigm.
Kindly note that both phones and tablets running an Msft OS have single digit market share. Msft is one of the options least chosen by those consumers.
Android devices sell in the billions each year. Because people do different things with them than they do with a PC. The difference in demand is tremendous.
Repeating this canard doesn't make it true. And exposes your lack of understanding of the process to boot.
A source code merge is an automated process. The maintainer uses the version control system to do it with one command. No real labor involved.
The effort required for it to be accepted into the main tree is where the real work needs to be done. And that was all the result of the Android coders re-doing their work to make it conform the the kernel standards. Miscasting this as a claim of accomplishment by the "fecktards" (What is their role in the kernel development process by the way? It's not a job title I recognize.) seems quite desperate.
Now then, if you don't like the kernel-motor then just pull it out and replace it with the one that you prefer. Your skills cover that job, or are you just a pretender? If you manage to do so then post the details of your accomplishment
I can muck about aimlessly with language as well. Try this on for size: The desktop is a tiny insignificant area of personal computing nowadays. The fact that MSFT dominates it indicates what an insignificant product they are offering with their OS. (You see how that works?)
Repeating the erroneous claim (that wasn't deliberate mendacity was it?) that the BSD kernel was ever used by Apple is just as ineffective as saying it the first time. You simply magnify your displayed unawareness by doing so.
The MSFT networking stack was directly lifted from BSD and the BSD folks didn't make a big deal out of that. Should they have? Should MSFT have rather announced it? It has since been completely replaced by the MSFT developers. Is it now insignificant and worthless?
If you get much more worked up about this your greasepaint will start to run and drip onto your garish costume. Further, you will wear out the rubber bulb on your squeaky horn.
Additional displays of such boldly ignorant chutzpah will net you nothing.
Yes, instead of the Google changes being maintained in a separate source code tree as they had been in the past in 2012 they were merged into the main body of source code that the manufacturers of tablets, routers, television set-top units, supercomputers, and myriad other devices use as well as the publishers of hundreds of personal computer operating systems.
This is the result of the Android team working to make their code acceptable for inclusion in the main tree. It is in no way an accomplishment of the kernel maintainers other than the guidance given to Google to make their code acceptable for inclusion. Perhaps this will eliminate some of your apparent confusion as to how the process works.
And the kernel is as insignificant to Android as a motor is to a car. Nothing happens without it. I suspect that you are not confused on this point, but I suppose it is possible given your faux pas about OS X: The BSD kernel is not used inside OS X. Apple uses the Mach microkernel, a product of Carnegie Mellon University.
You may want to brush up on the fundamentals of operating systems if you wish to sound more knowledgeable about them in the future.
I must point out that it is not at all clear that you have that as a goal. You seem more focused on generating a smokescreen to cover up why the Microsoft offerings are used in so few places in computing by attempting to aggrandize the desktop niche which is now quite small in the overall field.
A follow-up note here. MSFT posted an SEC filing July 31st which says they expect mobile sales and revenue to continue going down.
Indeed this follows the recent earnings report statement that phone hardware revenue was projected to drop to $900 million compared to $2.6 billion in the same quarter a year ago. This may mean a market share dip back below 2% before year end as well as additional losses in this segment.
Hope everything goes well with your mom's phone. Nice to see that there is a way to upgrade the OS without getting the update through Verizon!
Whether you agree with him or not "the idiot" is right. Market share for the OS, not just the 97% of it that is on Lumias, has gone down again and has fallen to 2.4%.
The layoffs and cutbacks in phones by MSFT doesn't bode well for damage control. Time will tell.
His citizenship is a non-issue. The phones are ordered by Best Buy, not by him as a person.
It's precisely t'other way round. OS X is BSD and Android is Linux.
But then you go right off the rails again with your empty headed blather!
In order for a user interface/enviro to work with an OS kernel it needs to have hooks and other support for the services and features that it offers.
OS X hasn't had it's feature support merged back into the BSD code tree, but Android has. It wasn't always so, but eventually it got big enough and was coded appropriately enough (that Linus bloke is a right tyrant about that) that it did get merged into the main tree instead of being maintained in a separate tree like it had been up to then.
Denying that just reveals how little you know about it.
Please consider that since you have stopped walking you are now going nowhere.
You don't seem to understand your own question.
The release dates of the various versions have no relevance to what you originally asked about nor to my reply.
None of those are ways to deploy business apps with Android. Android for Work is.
That seems to be a pattern in your messaging style and you seem to have it in common with several 'other' nominal posters.
The best result you can hope for is fooling yourself. Are you succeeding?
Why not try running some serious business apps on Windows RT. To do this, first get it re-released. Then get it upgraded to a full operating system. Then hire or bribe developers to write the serious business apps that will run under it.
In order to mature, something must first survive.
However, just like the MSFT phone OS, it will not sell either to consumers or businesses. That is why it was discontinued in the first place.
"Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi With Contacts"
"Starting today, Microsoft is offering most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users a free upgrade to the software giant’s latest operating system — Windows 10. But there’s a very important security caveat that users should know about before transitioning to the new OS: Unless you opt out, Windows 10 will by default prompt to you share access to WiFi networks to which you connect with any contacts you may have listed in Outlook and Skype — and, with an opt-in, your Facebook friends.
This brilliant new feature, which Microsoft has dubbed Wi-Fi Sense, doesn’t share your WiFi network password per se — it shares an encrypted version of that password. But it does allow anyone in your Skype or Outlook or Hotmail contacts lists to waltz onto your Wi-Fi network — should they ever wander within range of it or visit your home (or hop onto it secretly from hundreds of yards away with a good ‘ole cantenna!)."
Ed Bott says it's not a problem because you have to turn it on. And then it's no problem because it only allows others to get onto your network.
What could possibly go wrong once a criminal is on your network?
"Google's Android for Work Gains Support From Major Carriers"
"A slew of carriers, including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint, this week announced support for Google's recently launched Android for Work program. Under the effort, the carriers will deliver tools and capabilities that will help businesses exert more control over the manner in which employees use their Android devices for work-related purposes.
As part of the announcement, Google also showcased new devices designed specifically for use in regulated industries such as health care and government. Samsung, for instance, will soon start offering the highest levels of government certification with its Knox range of mobile devices, Google Senior Director for Android and Chrome Rajen Sheth said in a blog post. Similarly, Silent Circle has boosted the privacy and security controls on its Blackphone devices for Android, Sheth said.
"The Android for Work program took off with the help of our partners across the Android ecosystem," he said. "Today we're expanding the family to 40 companies to continue the momentum, including new device manufacturers, application makers and management providers."
Google announced Android for Work in February. At that time, the company described the program as a response to the proliferating use of Android-based smartphones and tablets inside many organizations.
Try that with a Surface RT device.
Here is the 5 year stock chart for NOK:
The stock was fine until the deal with Microsoft.
They were profitable until they started selling Lumia phones. After the deal with Microsoft they lost about $15 billion even though the other 3 divisions of Nokia were profitable. Nokia sold more Windows Phone-based handsets than all the other manufacturers put together.
April 25th 2014 is less than 15 months. And even the announcement of the deal was less than 2 years ago.
"Microsoft Closes Its $7.2 Billion Purchase Of Nokia"
"Apr. 25, 2014, 7:48 AM"
"Microsoft announced it was buying Nokia for $7.2 billion in September of last year, but the deal took several months to go through all the formal regulatory stuff before it was finalized today."