Originally Posted by Capt
I know that the LG Nexus 4 is based on the LG Optimus G and that is coming on AT&T on Nov 2nd. I just wanted to get a Google device since I'm fed up with Motorola cancelling the update on the Atrix. I will only get a Google device from now on.
Yeah I'm not a big fan of getting manufacturer'd devices as they take a long time for updates. If AT&T does end up having the Nexus device on their carrier, I would rather go with the GSM off contract one. As I mentioned before updates will come from Google. For example, if you have a Galaxy Nexus on Sprint/VZW.... you have to wait for Sprint/VZW to approve of the update before it goes out (~3 months or more) whereas GSM off-contract gets their updates right away.
I think this is what a custom ROM fixes in a lot of devices that are neutered by their respective carriers. And this is the reason why XDA and the like thrive. Give the people what they want and they will spend their money on your devices. If you build it they will come but don't lock it up!!! Well, it doesn't really matter because there are more people working on unlocking those boot-loaders versus those developing the locks.
Pretty much. Motorola and VZW devices are known to have their devices locked up. It really depends on what kind of bootloader it is, DROID X1's bootloader was never fully unlocked as it was encrypted etc etc etc. Things become complicated so if anyone wants to learn more about it, google about it and read.
I still tend to go with Nexus devices regardless of custom ROMs. I use custom ROMs, but custom ROMs on Nexus devices tend to be of higher quality.
- Drivers, Binaries, Kernel sources are all released day one; whereas, if came out and it was being ported to let's say... a RAZR device, it would come out day one but wouldn't be as smooth because its being ported -- possible broken WiFi, BlueTooth, GPS, not optimized, etc etc. Nexus device: day one custom ROM is built off the OTA/AOSP and is stable from the gecko.