Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2018 01:08 UTC

If I look back through all of the years we have covered Android, it’s hard to argue that the introduction of Google Play Edition phones wasn’t one of the biggest moments. In those early years, the Android skin situation was bad. Those early versions of TouchWiz, MotoBlur, and even HTC Sense, weren’t what many of us wanted, to say the least. We wanted Google’s version of Android, as well as their Nexus update schedules, yet that was tough to get because Google was making average hardware at the time.

While Google Play Edition may have failed as a program, I get the feeling that Android One will now act as a proper replacement to it.

Stop trying to make timely Android updates happen. It's not going to happen.

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Frankly, I think all OEM phones should have the option to run vanilla Android with updates directly from Google. Customers should have the option when they purchase the phone to run a special reset that installs vanilla Android with Treble enabled and then let Google manage the updates going forward. Sure, maybe customers will have to sign a waiver releasing the OEM and the carrier from any liability should an update bork the phone but I'd be willing to bet that many customers would take the risk.

Google had the right idea years ago when it made several popular OEM phones available as 'Nexus' phones in its store. I remember the Samsung S5 was one of them. I'd really like to see something like this come back.

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