Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Oct 2015 09:24 UTC
Android

If we were to ask for any new feature from a new Android version, it would be some kind of scalable update solution. Right now a custom update still needs to be built for every single individual device model, and that's really not a workable solution when you have more than 24,000 models out there. The Stagefright vulnerability seemed to be a wakeup call for the Android ecosystem, but it came too late to affect anything in Marshmallow. Google instituted monthly updates for Nexus devices, and OEMs are pledging to bring the monthly update program to flagship devices. The majority of Android devices, though - the low-end devices - are being ignored. Monthly updates for Google, Samsung, and LG flagships only works out to a very small percentage of the Android install base.

Android 6.0 could dispense gold nuggets and clean my bathroom for free, but as long as this update hell exists, it's all for naught.

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RE[6]: Comment by birdie
by Ithamar on Tue 6th Oct 2015 15:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by birdie"
Ithamar
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Exactly ARM is not x86, and each ROM or update is a bespoke version of Android for that device.

Throw in how hardware manufacturers who only like shipping binary blob drivers and Google only doing massive code drops rather then open development and we have the mess we have today.


That's not because of ARM, that's because of how Google builds, integrates, and distributes Android.

Not saying it is easy to do otherwise, but it can be done. There is no single technical reason for the update situation to be like it is, except for (company) politics from all the different players....

Go lookup DeviceTree for example, there are fine solutions to not having a PCI bus everywhere ;)

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