Linked by Radio on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 19:15 UTC
Google It was time somebody cleared that up: the oft-decried skins put by OEM and operators on Android are not responsible for the lateness or lack of updates. The truth is that skins are easy, hardware drivers are hard. That is not to say skins do not have other problems, or that the problem is unsolvable, but asking for "stock" Android OS is not going to help on the update front.
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OEMS Do alot more than skin Android
by TheKurrgan on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 06:13 UTC
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Skinning isnt an accurate term. Take Samsung...They modify most of the front end stuff the users interact with and see... from the dialer down to the camera..the only thing that remains the same is the underlying base linux platform..
As to drivers, there is no way you are going to convince me it takes 7 months to get this stuff working and tested when the boys over on xda are already pulling it off without the benefit of source code.
Not to mention the sheer bloat they add to the device.. Motorola being the most obvious of the bunch.. Still no ICS on any GSM device they have yet..

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