On the Linux kernel developer mailing list, one of the developers noticed that the support period for the latest long-term version 5.10 reduced from six to two years, and expressed bewilderment about this.
Linux kernel maintainer Greg Croah-Hartman answered him that support “is not automatic, but requires commercial assistance.”
Kernel 5.10 was released in December 2020 and is designated as a long-term maintenance (LTS) release. This usually means six years of support with important patches and security fixes released. But in official release table you can see that for the version, the support period ends in December 2022, exactly two years after release.
Developer Scott Branden of Broadcom asked what’s the point of two years of support for the 5.10 kernel if the previous version 5.4 was released in April 2020 and will be officially supported for six years. It is not clear why users would need to upgrade from 5.4 to 5.10.
Croah-Hartman explained to a colleague that usually stable kernels are discarded after the next release, so the lifespan in reality is about four months, and “two years is much more than four months,” the maintainer said. Therefore, a core with two years of support has every right to be called “long-term”.
Greg Kroah-Hartman lamented that every year we have to “go through the same thing”: support will be increased after companies help financially: “I want to see how companies help me test and maintain this version of the kernel to make it support for 6 years is really possible, ”he said.
Kroah-Hartman reduces support for a new kernel version to two years each year and then increases it: “When I get this kind of promise and support from companies, I’m happy to increase the kernel support duration from 2 to 6 years and mark it on the website … Traditionally this happens in February-March, as soon as I hear from a sufficient number of companies, ”he explained the annual ritual.
New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones
The popular AnTuTu benchmark team has published its latest monthly rating of the most productive flagship smartphones based on the Android operating system.
In November, there was a revolution in the ranking, which Antutu experts had been waiting for for several months. The latest smartphone Vivo X90 based on the new Dimensity 9200 platform scored almost 1.2 million points, overtaking all the flagships based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that previously reigned in the ranking. Note that Vivo X90 became the world’s first smartphone on SoC Dimensity 9200.
However, places from second to ten belong to models equipped with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
Second place went to OnePlus Ace Pro with 1,115,759 points, and third place went to Red Magic 7S Pro. Rounding out the Top 10 are iQoo 10 Pro, Lenovo Legion Y70, iQoo 10, Moto X30 Pro, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Redmi K50 Extreme Edition and Vivo X Fold+
Statistics collected from November 1 to November 30, 2022. The AnTuTu ranking uses averages, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.
39 Xiaomi, Redmi and Poco phone models will receive MIUI 14. List of models and new details about MIUI 14
Xiaomi was supposed to unveil the MIUI 14 firmware and Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro flagship phones today, but the event was canceled due to the death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. However, a detailed list of innovations and changes implemented in MIUI 14 has already been published on the Web. Usually, such a list is shown to the user when installing a fresh firmware. So what’s new in MIUI 14?
Personalization options have been expanded: new widgets and “super icons” will appear, something like a Tamagotchi (animated image of a plant or pet) can now be installed on the home screen, and applications that are used most often will be highlighted in folders on the home screen.
In MIUI 14, you can click on any text in the gallery image, highlighting it in this way, and translate it into one of 8 languages. There will also be “live subtitles” in the system. The Mi Smart Hub app will be radically updated – it will work faster and get support for more devices. MIUI 14 will allow you to forward incoming calls to a tablet, and if the phone is connected to a TV and text input is required, then this can all be done on a smartphone.
MIUI 14 will bring family-focused services. It will be possible to create a group of up to 8 people with different restrictions for each and share content in the group. “Family services” will allow you to set a common album as a screensaver on TV, exchange data on the physical condition and vital signs of all members of the group. Child accounts have a range of parental controls, from limiting screen time to using apps only from the safe zone.
In MIUI 14, the Xiao AI proprietary voice assistant will be greatly improved: it can be used as a scanner, translator, spam call filter, etc.
Xiaomi has already talked about a number of other innovations in MIUI 14: the firmware file itself will become smaller, applications will take up less memory, and almost all pre-installed programs (with the exception of the eight main ones) can be deleted.
As for the updated list of smartphones that will receive MIUI 14, it looks like this:
- Xiaomi 12S Ultra;
- Xiaomi 12S Pro;
- Xiaomi 12S;
- Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimension Edition;
- Xiaomi 12 Pro;
- Xiaomi 12;
- Xiaomi 12X;
- Xiaomi 11 Ultra;
- Xiaomi 11 Pro;
- Xiaomi 11;
- Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G;
- Xiaomi 11i;
- Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge;
- Xiaomi 11X;
- Xiaomi 11X Pro;
- Xiaomi Mix 4;
- Xiaomi Civi 1S;
- Xiaomi Civi;
- Redmi K50 Ultra;
- Redmi K50 Pro;
- Redmi K50G;
- Redmi K50;
- Redmi K50i;
- Redmi K40 Pro+;
- Redmi K40 Pro;
- Redmi K40S;
- Redmi K40 Gaming;
- Redmi K40;
- Redmi Note 11T Pro+;
- Redmi Note 11T Pro;
- Redmi Note 11 Pro+;
- Redmi Note 11 Pro;
- Redmi Note 10 Pro;
- Poco F4 GT;
- Poco F4;
- Poco F3 GT;
- Poco F3;
- Poco X4 GT;
- Poco X3 GT.
OnePlus is following in Samsung’s footsteps. OnePlus phones will receive Android updates for four years from 2023
OnePlus today announced that select phones released from 2023 will receive Android updates for four years. This means that those OnePlus models that debut with Android 13 will eventually get Android 17. There are also plans to expand the security update program to cover a five-year period.
True, not all OnePlus phones will be updated for so long. The new policy will only affect “certain models”, and these will most likely be flagships. And the very first contender is OnePlus 11.
OnePlus also confirmed the release of OxygenOS 13.1 firmware in the first half of 2023. The emphasis will be on safety. Also, the company is already working on OxygenOS 14, but there are no details about it yet: it’s too early to talk about the firmware, which will be released in October-November next year.
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