As with the Android device makers & carriers struggling to give their models the most recent software & security patches possible, this move by Google could be the only way to teach their partners a lesson. Google will now publicly SHAME all of their OEM smartphone & tablet partner brands who are not quickly & frequently updating their device model’s Android Operating System to the very latest one.
This as Android N is about to be unveiled while the Android Marshmallow operating system market shares is only at roughly 7.5% as of May 4, 2016. Also, Google will also release a list of well-performing brands who . We cannot deny that Android has the biggest market share among the platforms, apparently the adoption rate is lower. Android Lollipop, released 2014, still has the largest share among versions, garnering 36.1%. Look at Apple’s iOS 9 five months after its release: it is already installed on 77% of the iDevices worldwide.
The move includes a secret list made by Google that is soon to be made public, containing the timeline of each manufacturer’s timeline on how they frequently update or not, their smartphone & tablet models. It’s a way to show their OEM’s their disappointment. As for the carriers, they’ll be asked to explain the length of software support they give to their supported devices.
Google has been addressing the slowness of Android software adoption with partner manufacturers for a while but in 2015, Android Fragmentation rose double from 2013 after a sample of tons of Android handsets. I think Google should be stricter than ever with managing their hardware partners in pushing the latest security patches and software updates, now that Stagefright left billions of devices vulnerable to hackers. Moreover, it is a move for software competitiveness, and they should match how Apple deploys the latest updates for the majority of their devices. Unfortunately for Android, it takes carrier apps, Android skin design, and more customization of the manufacturer-made software before updating their respective roster of devices. More than that, Android being an open-source is one of the root cause of this problem that’s why manufacturers are free to customize the OS for their devices, thus delaying the release of the latest software.
With the right protocols given to the manufacturers, the majority of Android users can now enjoy what iOS, and some other Windows Mobile users enjoy — getting the latest software.
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