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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by wocowboy on Fri 23rd Feb 2018 12:37 UTC
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Even Project Treble is not going to help the Android update debacle. Several phone manufacturers, including OnePlus, have indicated that they do not intend to follow the Treble program, so I do not have much faith that it will be a factor at all going forward. There are some fantastic phones being put on the market by these companies, but until they actually provide the privacy, security, and data-security updates and OS updates that Google puts out on a day/date basis, I will never buy any of them.

Despite whatever problems people claim to have with Apple and iOS, as an iOS/iPhone user, I can rest assured that I will receive an annual major OS update for my iPhone on the day and date that it is released, regular interim updates and emergency updates within a few days of when the problem is reported to fix problems that crop up during the life of my phone. One simply cannot say that with Android, it just won't happen. And that is just sad.

Edited 2018-02-23 12:41 UTC

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