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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Sure, I would not expect Google to be able to pull a MS that is able to manage putting enough drivers and other binary blobs ;) on the installation medium of choice to allow almost any user to take that CD/DVD and install it on the vast majority of PC or Notebooks out there and update straight from Windows Update from there on...

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The hardware manufacturer provides a mini-firmware containing just the hardware drivers specific to the device. Google provides the OS firmware image. Google also provides a flashing utility which has two input fields (browse buttons, automated download.. whatever); one for the firmware and one for the driver bundle. Both blobs are flashed to the applicable places within the device.

Tadaa.. stock Android running across multiple hardware platforms and the manufacturers get to keep there "secret sauce" excuse for only releasing driver binaries.

That's just one approach to the driver support issue; it's really a minor thing easily solved a number of other user friendly ways also.

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