As consumers we want the latest and greatest but the reality is the latest is not always the greatest. When ics first came out on the nexus last year it came with some bugs and this year 4.2 is plagued with some minor bugs. When playing with roms we except there will be some bugs so some of us buying a nexus wanting to play with the latest and greatest are ok with that. But the average customers who want a phone that works will not. This is why i think now it is wise for an oem to wait and allow google to work out the bugs and release a stable version for them to build on top of. In a market where they are competing with the iphone, android had the stigma of laggy and buggy compared to their ios counterparts. Oems like Samsung, who are looking to compete, have to make sure the product they put out have the smooth experience that can compete with the experience of the popular iphone. For my nexus i am all for being the first to play with software because I do not rely on it for everyday use. My note 2 on the other hand I need stability and prefer features that work over the latest Google software release.
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