Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2018 01:08 UTC
Android

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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darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

I can't understand why they let carriers get involved at all. Didn't Windows Mobile 5 and 6 teach these companies anything about what letting carriers get involved in the software would cause? I'll give Apple this: they did learn and one of their big stipulations was that no carrier could alter iOS at all, and thank goodness they had the sense to do that!

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sj87 Member since:
2007-12-16

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.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

There is this thing called contracts, and legal requirements for device certification for accessing Google services.

If Google was actually serious about updates, they could enforce that outdated devices were ruled out of their servers.

I bet in no time OEMs would all start behaving.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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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