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From Ken Wallis <>
Subject RE: plan for handling updated device OS versions?
Date Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:19:53 GMT
Unfortunately it is a fact of life that those darn manufacturers do like their secrets to an
extent. ;)  It seems that your current model of frequent releases might be the best approach
to deal with the issues, especially because you are a customer of many different SDKs, all
with different release plans, with varying levels of transparency.

I try to keep this up to date as much as I can, but it is not always possible to put everything
we are working on in there:

Look for an update to this sometime later this week... ;)


Ken Wallis

Product Manager – BlackBerry WebWorks

Research In Motion

(905) 629-4746 x14369

From: [] on behalf of Brian LeRoux []
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: plan for handling updated device OS versions?

I'd love it if we could sync w/ the manufacturers and os vendors but the
reality here is we're a customer of their SDKs just like everyone else. As
Shaz mentions, we had no idea the new iPhone would change dimensions so
even if we did have a policy we'd be lying.

As Fil says, we should align our point releases to fall just after an
expected release. Again, this is tricky, b/c we never *really* know when
something will ship or if something is just being announced for a future

Having a monthly release cadence seems to be working well enough in any
case. One thing is for sure, we want to continue to have a decoupled
relationship between our development activity and vendor marketing
department activities!

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Shazron <> wrote:

> We couldn't plan for the iPhone 5 new dimensions / splashscreen that
> enabled tall mode. Ideally we should release _after_ the new iOS/device
> comes out to iron out the kinks.
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
> > Thanks for bringing this up.
> >
> > Last time we released 2.1 right _before_ iOS 6 came out (I believe) and
> it
> > became obvious that we should pay more attention to manufacturer release
> > schedules and plan for point releases to be in sync with those.
> >
> > In general our target has been Cordova support is ready to roll by the
> > time the first real device running mobile OS XYZ version 1.2.3 lands in
> > consumer hands.
> >
> > Moving forward I think option #2 you point out below should be the way to
> > go (although we don't necessarily have access to beta programs with all
> > vendors *cough* Apple *cough*). We will rely on Cordova's committers
> > (especially the committers more in charge of owning one particular
> > platform) to mention on the mailing list any soon-to-be-released OS
> > revisions for their platform and help us schedule point releases
> > accordingly. For example the 2.3 planning thread that is floating around
> > right now is a good start. We should be doing these sorts of threads
> after
> > every release IMO.
> >
> > On 11/5/12 1:15 PM, "Marcel Kinard" <> wrote:
> >
> > >I'm seeing rumors on the web that iOS 6.1 is in the works from Apple and
> > >there is a beta that recently opened. Is there any sort of target for
> > >handling new device OS versions in Cordova? For example:
> > >
> > >- Cordova should support a new device OS in the next Cordova version 4-6
> > >weeks after the OS becomes generally available
> > >or
> > >- through the participation of betas with the device vendor, and careful
> > >release scheduling, Cordova should support a new device OS on day 1 that
> > >a new OS becomes generally available
> > >or
> > >- (something else entirely, since these are just examples)
> > >
> > >The goal here would be to:
> > >- provide some general direction to consumers and set realistic
> > >expectations.
> > >- provide specific direction to the Cordova development community, and
> > >give us a target to shoot for.
> > >- be consistent in our approach across all the OS vendors (assuming that
> > >is desired).
> > >
> > >Has there been previous discussion on this topic? If not, what are your
> > >ideas on this?
> > >
> > >-- Marcel Kinard
> >
> >

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