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[2]: Excuses, excuses
by dragos.pop on Wed 9th May 2012 10:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Excuses, excuses"
dragos.pop
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2010-01-08

While I do feel that some OEMs do create too many smartphones I don't believe this is the real problem.

The problems phone manufactures have are in theory:
1) Too many different hardware components between phones (different SOCs, cameras, GPS chips....)
2) Customisation

But this have solutions already implemented (in PC word)
1) Drivers provided by component manufactures - this means once a phone with a chip gets an update, all phones have access to that. So drivers needs to be modified only for exotic components, very custom to a phone, like camera. This code is generic enough anyway, only small adaptations need to be made when an upgrade is available.
Complex components like SOC and GPS are shared anyway.

2) I don't really understand the problem here. I use Go Launcher EX and there are a lot of other launchers that update really fast to new android releases.
And they work on a lot of phones. So why is so problematic with producer customizations?

You (Samsung,Htc,Sony...) have to do the modifications anyway for the new phone, what is the problem to port them to other (older) phones.

Now there is still a problem: just because it is easy to make the drivers and the customizations portable (PC proved it), it is not 100% reliable (also PC proved it). For this test are important.

Now I am sure that if I thought of this, the phone producers also did so I think the real problem is the testing part and interests. From experience a nokia phone (not smart) bought free got updates, while under contract didn't (only small customizations, like default settings were made carrier.

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