Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 17:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is fun. The number one iOS carrier duking it out with the company behind the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Last month, Google's lead for the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, more or less blamed carriers (see comments) for Android's upgrade woes. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson retaliated, blaming Google for the delays. And yes, Google already responded to that, too.
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RE: There are 3 to the dance
by phoenix on Tue 8th May 2012 22:03 UTC in reply to "There are 3 to the dance"
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This strikes me as odd. For Android this is a three-way setup, while with Apple this is a two-way setup.

Google delivers Android to the OEMs, who deliver the hardware to the carriers. It's not that hard to see that the OEMs play an important role in this situation. Those have to bring the updates to their hardware first, before the carriers can delay anything. So, why do European market or "unlocked" devices suffer long update cycles, too, if the (US) carriers are to blame?


European and Asian countries get updates to Android phones long before North America does. Everything else being equal, the only real difference is the carriers.

For example, Xperia 2011 phones in Europe/Asia started getting updates to 4.0.3 last month. North America isn't expected to get these updates for another month or so, in order for Rogers, AT&T, et al to "certify" the updates.

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