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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My Nexus got the OS update the day it was available from Google.. how long after that did non-Nexus devices start getting ICS 4.0.4?

But hey, if believing the vendor/carier posturing helps you sleep at night.. don't let facts get in the way.

Oh, I'm not saying that it isn't the carriers' fault - I'm saying I don't give a shit who's fault it is. If Google can only manage to get one brand of phone updated in a timely manner, then that phone is the only Android phone that should be released. There is absolutely no valid excuse as to why customers should have to wait months for new updates, esp when their phones are nearly identical hardware-wise to people who already got the update.

Of course, considering that I had to wait to get the 4.04 update on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus, it appears that Google can't even get that right on their own phone. In this respect, they're still lagging behind Apple.

In regard to the delay issues, it probably wouldn't hurt if Google started releasing beta builds of new versions of Android months in advance like Apple does with iOS, instead of waiting until their latest Nexus phone is released. That would at least give vendors a few months to start testing new builds with current phones.

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