Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Feb 2018 01:10 UTC

Essential - the phone company led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin - has had some difficulty in getting a stable 8.0 Oreo update released. After three beta releases, the company is not quite satisfied that the update is ready for general release. Because of these protracted issues, Essential has announced plans to skip the 8.0 release entirely in favor of 8.1, which will "push the public release back a couple weeks," according to the company.

Not even a phone with close to stock Android, built by the very same person who developed Android in the first place, can be updated to a newer Android release without delays, stability issues, and general problems - to the point where they're skipping a version altogether.

Android is a mess.

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RE: no understanding
by torp on Thu 1st Feb 2018 10:18 UTC in reply to "no understanding"
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You're a bit optimistic there. Android is not comparable to a Linux LTS under the hood, that's only for the user facing apps. If you're handling the port to your own hardware, it's a complete mess.

There's no guarantee that any driver you used on Android version N will work out of the box on version N+1. As a bonus, you don't have a large team of open source developers porting the drivers to version N+1, you're at the hardware vendor's mercy or you have to do the (non trivial) work yourself.

As a bonus, internally Android changes a lot, so it's not only the drivers, but also any modifications you did to the layers above that need to be redone. Or you have to add new features to the drivers because the new Android requires them.

Source: I worked on two Android ports to custom hardware.

Edited 2018-02-01 10:20 UTC

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