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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Android is open source and Google cannot really prevent third parties from fiddling with the Android code. They can only introduce certain generic requirements through the Android compatibility certification programme.

Well there could be, say, a requirement of only modifying Android via participation in Google development process ...though this would probably work against Android (the ~licensed/certified brand, at least) adoption/popularity.

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