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Thursday Poll: Which Android Update Has Been Most Important to the OS?

When Droid Life first started, we began with the Motorola “OG” DROID. It came running Google’s Android 2.1 “Eclair” operating system. That was fine, but what had thousands of people rabid was the talk of an update to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” It had live wallpapers, Adobe’s Flash support, and also introduced the development community to the JIT compiler which allowed for better performance, richer graphics, and higher battery life.

Next in line was Android 2.3 “Gingerbread.” With a complete Android UI overhaul, it turned Android into a dark and sexier OS that also brought various improvements and features to devices. Highlights of Gingerbread was support for NFC chips, a much improved and smarter keyboard, and additional power management upgrades that would help our devices last longer. Gingerbread is currently the most used Android operating version in the world. 

Since Honeycomb is seen merely as a transitional period for Android, we’ll jump right into 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.” What ICS has done is merge the tablet OS and UI (Honeycomb) and phone OS, bringing them into one single operating system. One that would look great on larger 10.1″ displays as well as the more compact 4.0″ devices. ICS also brought another, more elegant user interface update. There was the new Roboto font that everyone fell in love with, multi-tasking was made simpler and more accessible, improved voice input, Android Beam, and the list goes on. If anything, ICS does have the most extensive changelog of any Android release to date.

Lastly, we have Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean.” The easiest way to describe Jelly Bean is to say it’s Ice Cream Sandwich on steroids. Google introduced “Project Butter,” which improved system performance and brought the interface speeds up to 60FPS throughout. Other popular features are the new expandable notifications, Google Now, improved Voice Search, and customization through re-sizable widgets.

Taking all of this into account, which do you think has been the most important step for Android as a whole? Which version brought Android to its highest peak so far? Voice your opinions down below and feel free to shout out which version has been your overall favorite in this long journey.

Which Android update has been the most important for the OS?

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  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Icee cream sandwich all the way

  • Allen Byrd

    I chose Jelly Bean, not because it’s the shiny new thing, but because there were a lot of bugs and issues in ICS. Jelly Bean fixes all of these and pretty much makes the Galaxy Nexus a new phone.

  • Keith0606

    Definately JB. Project Butter did it’s job. Love my Nexus 7, it’s incredibly smooth.

  • http://twitter.com/mobilephonesfan Mobile Phones Fan

    There’s no question — the most important Android version was Eclair (v2.0 – 2.1).

    Eclair = Verizon/Motorola Droid + Google Navigation

    Sure, picking just one rev is complicated. Did Froyo make Android faster and more stable? You betcha. Did Gingerbread give us the first glimpse of a modern UI? Yep. And did Ice Cream Sandwich finally deliver a UX to compete with iOS? Absolutely.

    So, why Eclair? Simple; go back and check the late 2009 – early 2010 sales charts. Between the GNav intro and Verizon’s no-holds-barred Droid campaign — of which GNav was a featured part — Eclair is what put Android on the worldwide retail map.:

    http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/mobile-OS-share-recent-2010.png

    Without Eclair, Android would not have received the prominent support of Verizon and, subsequently, that of dozens more carriers and OEMs. Android might still be stuck in the OS netherworld with also-rans like Windows Phone, Meego and Bada.

    • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

      You got it right. I think this poll is biased to newer versions because they are easier to remember and because the newer the version, the more users it has had. Eclair was the version when people saw it on hardware and as a legitimate competitor to iOS. I think a lot of people have forgotten about it because Froyo was essentially Eclair but with better back end performance and was on devices longer.

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    While every OS has been a set of great changes, ICS was clearly the most impactfull on the primary purpose of an OS. To be the main user interface. ICS massively increased the general usability of Android and anyone who goes from 2.x to 4.x will immediately move Android way up on the scale of usability.

  • http://banetech.wordpress.com/ Bane Tech

    Eclair. Moto Droid OG. Bane is the backbreaker of Batman as the OG Droid is the Backbreaker to Apple.

  • milcasa

    Jellybean (Project Butter and Google Now)

  • ManBearPig618

    Jelly Bean…project butter has changed the OS

  • Addinsx

    Gingerbread won’t get much love, but it was the OS on board when Android exploded all over the place

  • LaneMeyer

    Froyo in my opinion. It might not have had the polish of ICS or JB but it brought it took care of most of the major bugs and became a modern smartphone OS with fully functioning Bluetooth and offered an important feature at the time with Flash support.

  • BAoxymoron

    I think it’s a tie between ICS and JB… ICS brought cohesiveness accross all forms of the platform which was crucial but at the same time JB is the point when Android definitively beat iOS in every category project butter made the device smoother and better performing than anything out there. Before this everyone knew iOS was archaic but smooth and android had an infinite amount of features but it could occasionally be a bumpy ride… with butter and JB it now is just a full of features but is now a better ride than iOS

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    ICS was the most important but JB may be the most improved based on Project Butter alone. Because of the iPhone, smoothness is something expected not just “a bonus”.

  • Trevor-kai Craig

    I definately enjoyed what ICS has brought to the table, but the latest is definately the greatest. Can’t wait to see what “K” lettered dessert update will have in store for it’s dedicated junk food Androidiers

  • http://twitter.com/LivinDeLife DeAnna Sowder

    Sad to not have experienced yet what others say is so great. ~ Rezound owner :(

  • ApplesNAndroids

    I can’t say that 4.1 was the greatest leap in my mind (I believe android 2.2 was significant) however JellyBean is what made me drop iOS completely and return for the stay with Android. (I’ll still keep my iOS iPad though)

  • balthuszar

    lets also not forget that google didnt just update to ICS…they also introduced the rule that the majority of the OS had tob e kept stock even with the manufacturer skins on it…so there was more than just the update to ics with the update to ics

  • Travillion

    I love ICS (and unofficial Jelly Bean), but these are just visual delights. Android was very usable beginning with 2.0. I will always prefer a 4.x device over a 2.x device, but 2.x was very usable. I cannot, however, imagine owning and/or being pleased with a 1.x device. That’s why I say Eclair was the most important Android update–it made the OS usable in my opinion. The 4.x updates are fabulous, but they’re really just making a great device that much better.

  • hatboysam

    ICS definitely put Android into the same visual category as iOS and WP7. While hardcore android users couldn’t do a lot more than they had before, it made adoption much less scary and I think in a few years it will be viewed as the biggest turning point for Android.

    I had an OG Droid with 2.0, and have since had 2.0.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 4.0.1, 4.0.4, and 4.1. The two biggest updates were 2.2 and 4.1, from a usability standpoint. Froyo made my phone adequate, but it was still ugly and I knew it. JB changed everything, mostly because of Project Butter. JB is the first version of Android I’d recommend to my grandparents, and going forward that will be a huge deal as the smartphone OSes fight over the 50% of the market who have yet to ditch their uber-simplistic feature phones.

  • balthuszar

    didnt the og come out of the box with 1.5? also, what about the eris, i KNOW that came out of the box with 1.5

    • hatboysam

      OG Came with 2.0

      • balthuszar

        i remember my og coming otu of the box with 1.5, and almost immediately upon activation it upgraded to 2.0…or i thought i remembered…you were right…it was the eris that came with 1.5…and we got both the og and the eris at the same time, my mistake

  • faber

    ics voters = pathetic. Like sheep.
    Which was most important, not which is on your mind now.

    • PSU_DI

      I’d argue with that thinking, everyone would say Jelly Bean, not ICS if this was the case. ICS is the version of Android that matured into a non-geek OS, and really made it enjoyable to use for mass consumption.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I voted for ICS because it introduced ASLR. Thats pretty damn important if you ask me.

      • Tyler

        YES! Even if it was a tad flawed the OS needed better security. JB has fixed this flaw and its now implemented correctly.

    • Droidzilla

      Your opinion != fact. True Story.

  • Bionic

    2.0 started the popularity boom, so how can it be any less important that ICS?

  • ecffighter7232

    Cupcake…. definitely cupcake

  • zoetrope

    My profession allows me access to both iOS and Android phones, and has since their respective inceptions. Until ICS, iPhone was my preferred go-to phone. Then the Galaxy Nexus appeared in my office with ICS, and everything changed. ICS FTW!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Jelly Bean. I like new things. haha

  • ddevito

    ICS – design, performance and features fused together for the first time.

  • MikeCiggy

    I chose Jelly Bean because before JB android has always been stuttery & laggy. JB is an actual polished final product. Anything you add to it now is just more features.

    • ERIC REED

      And most of the current android world will never see it or at least until 2013. And once custom skins are added it will be screwed again.

      • ddevito

        should’ve bought a nexus (“them” not you per say)

        • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

          Shouldnt have to have a Nexus to get the latest updates in a timely matter.

          • ddevito

            I don’t disagree with you, but I honestly don’t see how this is any different in any other scenario. It’s a tired argument. Don’t blame Google because an OEM doesn’t spit out the OS updates fast enough. The average Android users don’t read sites like this. The average person doesn’t care what OS their smartphone or PC is running.

            For those that care, presumably are tech-saavy, and presumably read sites like this (that shows you how to do everything), can do it themselves. Lots of the tech-saavy crowd (especially readers of this site) last fall pissed all over the GNex for the late launch, radio issues, build quality, etc.

            yet now they bitch at their beloved OEM of choice because NOW (not before for some reason) they bitch that they won’t get their OS update in time.

            Tsk tsk. Old argument, for those who want Jelly Bean and can’t get it, hope you were happy with your decision. Next time you’re due for a phone upgrade your priorities will be vastly different.

        • ERIC REED

          After having the Nexus there is no way I would recommend that phone to anyone wanting to switch to an android phone. If they were coming from an iphone and was use to the battery life, camera and speaker volume I believe this would be the phone to turn them away from the android experience.

  • Kevin

    I think that ICS is the most significant. It was a much-needed major renovation of Android. Froyo is up there too. Gingerbread and Jellybean are both versions that added a few features but mostly streamlined what was already there. They were important, but they weren’t the groundbreakers imo. I wasn’t around for doughnut and eclair, so I might be a little biased.

  • bose301s

    The OG Droid came running 2.0 Eclair, 2.1 came a few months later, after the Nexus One launched. As for most important update I say 2.0, that was when Android passed iOS in features and never looked back.

    • Imitation

      Was about to mention that the Droid came with 2.0, not 2.1 :P

    • duke69111

      I agree 2.0 had the biggest influence as Android was not a widely adopted platform before this.

    • ABerry5

      yeah I can’t believe DL just said the OG and DL launched with 2.1.. idiots, I remember waiting 4 months and starting to visit DL for any small detail of the 2.1 update for the OG

  • AlexKCMO

    In these comments… People who don’t know the difference between Important and Best.

    • cknight91

      Totally agree. The “Best” update was probably ICS…but the most important to the OS has to be 2.0 eclair…this is the update that moved Android into mainstream and hasn’t looked back.

      • AlexKCMO

        My thoughts exactly. I couldn’t believe how far ahead ICS was when really, if Eclair had been a flop, we probably wouldn’t have Android today. Most people agree that the first Android devices (I think was the T-Mobile G-1?) were garbage and it wasn’t until the OG came that showed that Android was viable.

        If anything, it’s a toss up between Froyo and Eclair… but definitely not ICS in terms of importance for the survival and viability of the OS.

        • gkinsella2

          You also have to consider when everyone began on Android…I never had Eclair, so to ME, ICS was the most important upgrade.

          • AlexKCMO

            I’m sure ICS is what got Android a 51% market share. Damn, what was I thinking.

            /s

            Just because you didn’t use it doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. Had it not been for those updates, you probably wouldn’t even be using an Android today.

      • KleenDroid

        ICS is good but Best is Jellybean.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    I am going to go against the consensus and say Jelly Bean, and here is why: iOS has kicked Android’s tail in the non-techny world in its perception of class, and that is not only from a hardware standpoint, but also from a software one. The smoothness that Jelly Bean brings puts Android on par with iOS and wipes that ‘class’ perception away. If Apple fails to deliver something other than a skinny 4G iPhone, something ‘magical’, Android is poised to make some serious Apple Sauce… provided the manufactures will hire a few extra programmers and get JB on the most number of devices ASAP.

  • http://twitter.com/sirkirby Chris Kirby

    ICS was extremely important from a design and platform unification standpoint, no one could deny it was the most significant update as of about 3 weeks ago…however, speed is everything in a touch interface…even the slightest delay when you touch something gives the user a very negative experience. We simply expect something we touch to respond immediately, any other experience is just unacceptable to most…hence, JellyBean gets my +1

  • James_Kernicky

    Jelly Bean because of Project Butter. Before this you could definitely tell the response time differences between an iphone and an android phone. I realize sometimes this is because of the hardware/software of the phone, but the iphone interface always seemed to work a bit smoother when scrolling or typing. Project Butter made my nexus feel incredibly faster. I notice the biggest difference in the reaction time from when I touch to when the phone recognizes the touch action. ICS was a big jump indeed but JB is truly the next level.

  • NorCalGuy

    Gingerbread really brought tones of phones to the same level and consider a greater majority of the phones out there probably still run gb. ICS was great but how many phones will really see it with jb out as a polished version of ICS.

  • Droosh

    Just In Time (JIT) came with Froyo and gets my vote.

    • athensjohn

      Ditto – I thought this was one of the big changes bringing a performance increase that may the phone operate smoothly as a smart phone.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    ICS was game changer and I didn’t expect the same from JB. JB has gone and done it again making ICS almost intolerable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    People are saying ICS because it is the most recent major change, but the advances that Eclair introduced followed by Froyo with the JIT compiler are the most significant in Android history. JIT offered a 400% increase in speed over Eclair.

    • Pulp

      Do you have a source for that 400% increase? I had a Droid running stock Eclair, then some rom developers added a JIT compiler to Eclair roms, then I ran stock Froyo once it came out until the roms caught back up. I remember it feeling a little faster, but definitely not 5X faster.

    • jxcgunrunna

      Eclair was the single biggest UX change. I think its been a bigger even than the one from GB to ICS.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I voted for ICS, but Froyo (and only because of JIT) was a close second. ICS introduced ASLR(Though JB implements it) which in addition to the sweeping changes to EVERYTHING is what cemented my vote. Froyo and ICS are 2 huge Android milestones in my book.

    • Droidzilla

      I have my reasons for picking ICS, but FroYo was a close second. I could see it being first, depending upon one’s subjective criteria.

  • Michael_NM

    Honeycomb: It taught Google how to deal with failure, and led to ICS which is leading this poll.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    It’s a no brainer to me. ICS was the first OS to bring the features introduced in Honeycomb into both OSes. In addition, it polished up Gingerbread for phones. It brought the user experience to the forefront, which was needed. Android went from being the weird non-user friendly OS to being a beautiful simple OS (if you are running stock ICS).

  • Morlok8k

    GB got android from crappy to useful. everything since has just been gravy.

    • Morlok8k

      You could say that Astro (1.0) was THE most important release, though…

  • sc0rch3d

    i think froyo was the update that really made android ubiquitous and popular but my vote is ICS as it relates to really bringing back some coherence and standardization for UI.

    this is also hard to tell since, for instance, like the G1 may never see JellyBean…but what if the G1 was built for JellyBean originally? then it might be an easier comparison. hardware and costs and technology have evolved.

    • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

      Froyo all the way !! +100 for ubiquitous !!

  • ocdtrekkie

    Um… Honeycomb. Where all the ICS-ish improvements were actually developed. I want to vote Honeycomb.

  • Mapekz

    ICS was what Froyo/GB should have been. ICS alone transformed Android from subpar to superior. Eclair would be a far second (transformed Android from crap to bearable) with Jelly Bean coming in as a very close third due to the performance boosts (which Android has always needed).

    • balthuszar

      conversely GB is what froyo should have been, froyo is what eclair should have been, eclair is what donut should have been…it’s why they’re called updates

      • Droidzilla

        Not really. Some of them were bigger than others. Eclair was a polished Donut, but FroYo really changed Android. Gingerbread was a polished FroYo, but ICs changed it all again. JB is a polished ICS.

        Some changes were bigger than others. It’s not fair to place equal weight on all of them.

        • balthuszar

          who’s placing equal weight on anything? he said “ics is what GB should have been…” we can say thatall the updates since 1.5 are what 1.5 should have been…but if they were all what 1.5 should have been, we’d still be on 1.5

      • Mapekz

        Gingerbread was supposed to possess the UI overhaul that ICS (technically Honeycomb) granted but they didn’t get around to doing it. The lack of user-friendliness pre-ICS is what killed initial impressions of Android as it became mainstream with Eclair and Froyo. People have completely sworn off the product just because of those versions of the OS.

        Because Google couldn’t release the UI overhaul for GB, they had to delay it to the next version. Unfortunately they decided to make Honeycomb for tablets instead of going straight to ICS, further delaying the ubiquity of their most advanced version of the OS.

        So in short, ICS was supposed to come a year or two earlier (and ICS itself would have been a mere step up from GB). Instead what we got was Eclair (two different versions of it nonetheless)/FroYo/GB all back to back without sufficient overhauls of the user interface between builds. This is to what I was referring when I said “ICS was what Froyo/GB should have been.”

        Needless to say Google seems back on track so I suspect we’ll see a tick-tock approach to their future updates, where KLP (tick) would be another significant upgrade to Android whereas Licorice (assuming that’s the name, tock) would be another step up with less significant usability improvements (but increased performance/battery life/etc) over KLP.

  • kennedy myril

    definitely ICS…

  • Murphy

    I voted JB, but I’m thinking ICS changed the way Android looks and feels for the better. I’m reading this like a trick question because with every new update, Android just gets that more awesome.

    • kennedy myril

      yeah, i say ICS… JB is just a speed improvement to ICS, but ICS changed how the OS looked as a whole.

  • wheineman

    I think the biggest update has to be FroYo hands down! Apps to SD? Huge performance boost? It introduced more usability than any other update out there!

    • Tyler

      Personally Apps to SD was important for games but created a huge performance problem with the OS. After taking every app on my OG Droid and moving it to the internal memory the phone became usable again. (at its worst it took 30+ seconds to load the homescreen)

  • http://twitter.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

    The biggest step up in improvement would be froyo, easily.. All the versions continue to improve and add things so it’s really a personal preference/expierience

  • gimlet72

    ICS bridged the tablet and smart phone OS

  • SirSoloDolo

    This will be bias towards newer updates but Froyo was a big bug squasher back when I had Eclair. Every update after was icing on the never ending tower of cakes :)

    • 4n1m4L

      But everybody is so focused on the bright shiny new thing.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      ICS merged the phone and tablet paces together into 1 OS. That’s why it got my vote.

      • WAldenIV

        It hasn’t had any impact on many non-Xoom early adopters, though. Froyo affected a vast majority of phone users at the time.

        • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

          The question was “Which Android Update Has Been Most Important to the OS?” I still say that merging phones and tablets into 1 OS is by far the most important thing to date. It doesn’t matter that not all users have seen the benefit yet. They will.

    • zepfloyd

      Froyo wins for me too. ICS is close, but JIT compiler still probably is the single most important addition to the core system.

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        I can not pick just one!

      • paladaxar

        Dude…don’t forget about turn-by-turn navigation introduced in Froyo. That was a HUGE deal and marked one of the “killer” apps that we’ve enjoyed for years now. It allowed our phone to replace yet another device (the dedicated GPS) while also giving us bragging rights for quite a while :)

        • zepfloyd

          Google Maps Nav was a part 2.0/2.1 Eclair ;)

          But you’re right it was and still is a killer feature.

          • paladaxar

            Oh shoot, that’s right! Thanks for the correction!

      • michael arazan

        I went from the og droid on froyo to a gnex with ics. I never used gingerbread before. So for me ICS was way more vastly of how an os should really be. Best part is they went from froyo in 2009 to ics in 2011, I cant imagine what the os will be like in 2014..

    • http://www.facebook.com/Mercuie John Robert

      Froyo would have been my choice, but ICS is where the OS finally came together as a real competitor to other phones. It finally had all the things to make a winning system even to iOS users. ICS is where Android said “We aren’t just for nerds anymore.” Saddy ICS was skinned to death and was never seen again :(

      • Trueblue711

        Very well said! After using ICS I can finally say that Android is on the same level , if not better than iOS in terms of ease of use, looks, and usability.

        • feztheforeigner

          I wouldn’t say finally. More like “pulled even farther ahead”.

    • ddevito

      Froyo lagged and had memory issues, hardly the biggest upgrade. In fact, it was the reason I chose to root and install ROMs.

      • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

        Exactly – and by you rooting your phone it opened you and everyone else who did, myself included, up to a whole new world of features, hacks, and mods that are now standard features on ICS and JB. Froyo created the innovation for aOS as we know and was extremely instrumental in the rooting community as we know it !!

        • ddevito

          I agree with you, but it was hardly the biggest upgrade (positively)

          • Droidzilla

            FroYo did so much on the back and front end to change the way Android worked as an OS. It wasn’t as polished as other versions, but it really did move the platform forward. Gingerbread can be seen as the true FroYo release (like a polished FroYo), kind of like ICS is the polished HC release in the tablet space.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Its all relative. If you had eclair for any amount of time, you would see that a bump to Froyo was far more than any of the others. Before froyo, (from based or stock) everything was pretty weak.

    • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

      Froyo is what really put Android on the map !! All the stock and legendary phones you think of were Froyo based. Gingerbread was nice however was not as big because after the success of Froy every carrier wanted to put bloatware on the UI so they can dip into the Android success. With the Gingerbread update came bloatware and carrier UI. Which does make it important as well.

      ICS is my 2nd most important because it smoothed things out, dulled them down, made Android more user friendly, and took it to another level. Jelly Bean is just an add-on to ICS. JB is more like 4.0.5.

      The next most important update will not be until 4.2 or 4.3.

      • Alan Paone

        Froyo is what created the legitimate android fanboy, a person who likes android , and not just because they’re a raging nerd or apple hater. Its the first version that didn’t suck, if you didn’t have froyo, you were ‘stuck’.

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          Totally agree. Froyo had so many add ons that changed everything. The newer ones are mostly polish shiny new stiff to me. Don’t get me wrong, live all of them buy as far as “impact” froyo takes the cake.

          • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

            Phillip’s may not spell their name the same, however +100 for Great Phillip minds thinking alike !!

    • Droidzilla

      Anyone who picked something other than FroYo or ICS is a bit wacky, imo.

      • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

        Totally agree. Froyo on the OG Droid had to be the most important. It brought Motorola back from the brink, changed the game for VZW & cemented Android as a viable phone OS. Not to mention the explosion of the ROM-ing community and what that has done for Android.

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          OG Droid was upgraded to Froyo in a few months after release. OG Droid was a first phone to feature Eclair.

          • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

            Oooook? Your point is?

      • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

        I agree completely. This poll is really between Froyo and ICS in my opinion. I chose ICS, because of the merging of phones and tablets, but Froyo is a close second, and is the only other one that makes sense.

    • Jeremy

      i think most of the people who picked jelly bean (includeing myself) think that this is the most important update BECAUSE it fixes the LAG issue that has plagued the operating system since existance. that was always something an iOS user held over my head was the bad lag and performance issues when switching between screens, now that the smooth factor is in android is 100% more appealing to anyone who currently uses an iPhone

      • John Burke

        Exactly, no more “Android-lag” takes the win IMO

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          Didn’t have lag on my Droid X.

          • WAldenIV

            Me either.

          • Jeremy

            just because you didn’t experience lag on your droid x, doesn’t mean the android lag didn’t exist. according to your post “project butter” is worthless? you probably either had to rom your phone, uninstall bloatware or replace the stock launcher an any number of solutions to an existing android problem. and turst me even if you did do these things the lag wasn’t COMPLETELY fixed. its noticable if you pay enough attention. also throw on a couple widgets on your screen and a live wallpaper and tell me that your droid x doesn’t lag. ask anyone who uses an iphone what the biggest turn off for android is and they will point out the lag that existed. hooray for project butter!

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            I was just saying. No biggie. My main point was that the hardware can be as sporadic as the software. It is a given that anyone running JB right now is doing it on a Nexus. No lag for the Nexus doesn’t mean there won’t be lag on an SII or a RAZR. We don’t really have anything to compare the Nexus to yet. When I said not on my X, I was exclaiming the point that while we know JB is like butter on the Nexus, it doesn’t mean everyone will have the same experience.

          • ABerry5

            lmfao anyone who says project butter is worthless not only hasn’t ever used 4.1, they are also blind making them unable to watch videos, and ignorant/brain damage refusing to believe every single tech blog including Apple blogs stating so

          • http://twitter.com/TheTerrorWrist Poise

            *Picks up phone, proceeds to call bullshit (Former Droid X owner)

          • KleenDroid

            While I appreciate that you think the X was smooth, I don’t think you truly appreciate what’s going on here. I also had an X and thought it was great and all, but there is no comparison to Jellybean.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Maybe you and I are talking beans vs rice. Lol.. at any rate, agree that JB is much smoother. Killed me to go back to Milestone 6 but there are still some minor details that I was missing. Can’t wait for AOKP JB roms.

        • http://twitter.com/TheTerrorWrist Poise

          word..

  • teng247

    dont forget, Froyo had Flash support! but overall i think ICS was the biggest change

  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    All of the updates have fixed important things and added important features.