Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 17:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is fun. The number one iOS carrier duking it out with the company behind the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Last month, Google's lead for the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, more or less blamed carriers (see comments) for Android's upgrade woes. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson retaliated, blaming Google for the delays. And yes, Google already responded to that, too.
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Maybe Windows 8 will help
by Neolander on Wed 9th May 2012 00:05 UTC
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

As odd as it sounds, maybe Microsoft will help here.

With Windows 8, they've taken the best long-term approach to OS development on ARM and mandated that OEMs bring some standardization to the platform. If these changes "leak" to Android devices for cost reduction reasons, it means that Google will soon be able to build a release of Android that runs on pretty much every Android device out of the box, though in a reduced functionality mode.

This should in turn significantly reduce update delays.

At least here's to hoping...

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RE: Maybe Windows 8 will help
by cfgr on Wed 9th May 2012 01:59 in reply to "Maybe Windows 8 will help"
cfgr Member since:
2009-07-18

Don't get your hopes up. Part of Microsoft's mandated standardisation on ARM is "securing the boot process".

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, most of Android phones already have a pretty "secure" boot process, I'd say, so it wouldn't change much on this front ;)

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