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Why all the focus on flagship devices???

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By drlvkpl, Senior Member on 11th January 2014, 10:26 AM
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Since long I have been a great fan of xda and custom roms and open source ideology. When i started looking up xda back in 2010, i was convinced that this is the place where i can find latest development for my device (at that time samsung galaxy i5801).
But today when i look at things, i don't think the same. I see the latest and the greatest rom developer here, officially supporting only nexus devices or other flagship devices. The unofficial ports are never perfect.

I dont understand the point. Nexus devices already get the latest rom by google. Most flagship also get the same from their OEM. Shouldn't the developers focus on providing the latest updates to the devices which have been forgotten by there manufacturers??

Take for example,

1- galaxy i5801 was updated till android 2.2 by samsung. Xda couldn't provide a single fully functional android 2.3 rom (marcellusbe cm 7.2 alpha9 has battery issues, -- just saying before anybody points out)

2- Micromax is the second largest android phone seller in india. But not even a single of its devices is officially supported by cyanogenmod, paranoid android, aokp, or omni etc.
I mean if you can officially support companies like micromax, you can get much more donations for development because micromax doesnt update its devices itself.

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11th January 2014, 11:09 AM |#2  
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because most developers are from US and they use flagship devices, it's easy to make custom roms for flagship devices because latest android version is available in Stock rom and they can use drivers from stock rom.
micromax uses mediatek SOC's and they don't release source/drivers that's why it's so hard to make custom roms for them.
qualcomm, on the other hand, open sources their SOC. check the development forums for Xperia 2011 series, you'll see stable kitkat 4.4.2 roms which were released just a few weeks after kitkat was released. that's why you don't buy mediatek.
11th January 2014, 12:02 PM |#3  
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True said there must be coustom ROMS according to the mobile or tab specification not any model because Android have just grow at large scale leaving behind any specific model so we must start thinking about how well is your processor and RAM
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