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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Comment by kurkosdr
by kurkosdr on Thu 1st Feb 2018 22:23 UTC
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Android is a mess.

There is the miracle of open source for you.

There is no nice way to say it: Every license which allows "forking" will create a similar mess once commercial interests take notice of it (that is, carriers and OEMs), because integrating changes to a forked codebase is hard and there is no legal obligation to do it.

Meanwhile Microsoft with their evil EULA prevents OEMs from messing around with the OS, they can only add stuff on top, so you can always remove the extra junk and get a clean updateable and upgradeable copy of the OS. Shame on you ebil Microsoft!

Edited 2018-02-01 22:26 UTC

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