Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th May 2013 12:42 UTC
Google The only thing from the interview I care about: "We are thinking about how to make Android handle updates better. We see ways we can do this. It's early days. We're talking with our partners and working our way through it. We need time to figure out the mechanics, but it's definitely an area of focus for me and for the team." We've seen empty promises about this before, though.
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Easier update ?
by Kochise on Mon 13th May 2013 15:12 UTC
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

Who are they fooling around ? CyanogenMod knows how-to, why can't Google do the same ? They "just" have to upgrade their kernel and Google Apps and leave the skinning stuff to OEM/3rd parties. Is that so complicated to just upgrade their own files ?

Just cut the system partition in three : google, oem, carrier. Each one update their software at will, and make sure to keep compatibility. In other words, the carrier should detect oem's version and push their software version accordingly. Oem should do the same with the kernel.

If Google push a new kernel upgrade, it shouldn't breaks oem and carriers' software as long as they update their software. As soon as oem and carrier makes their updated software avalaible, it should be pushed OTA when the consumer is ready.

That sounds easy, it SHOULD be easy. Microsoft can upgrade its kernel without breaking oem/3rd parties' software, so why couldn't Google ?

Kochise

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RE: Easier update ?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 13th May 2013 15:29 in reply to "Easier update ?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think they are talking about updating Android, not just the linux kernel that sits in the backgound.

The OEM's should just write their custom skins as drop in lanunchers that don't interfere with the actual parts of Android that Google will update. But in any case, there have been many articles pointing out that most of the delay in the states is due to carrier certification of each update, rather than code modifications and incompatibilities with the new Android update from google.

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RE[2]: Easier update ?
by Kochise on Mon 13th May 2013 16:56 in reply to "RE: Easier update ?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Carrier certification of each update ? Like Google doesn't know its game ? That just sounds silly as a child's excuse for breaking the pot with his soccer ball...

Yeah, oem/carrier should get off their hands from Google's code and just sit atop the APIs without fragmenting the kernel.

Kochise

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RE: Easier update ?
by hackbod on Mon 13th May 2013 20:42 in reply to "Easier update ?"
hackbod Member since:
2006-02-15

Generally, when you find yourself saying things like "you just have to do some abstract ill-defined thing" or "it should be easy to do some significant thing where you have supplied no detail", then there is a very good chance you don't know much about what you are talking about.

Just saying. ;)

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RE[2]: Easier update ?
by Kochise on Mon 13th May 2013 22:33 in reply to "RE: Easier update ?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Thanks for your invaluable insightful comment. Btw, your solution to the problem ? Any advice ?

Kochise

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