Google Promises Prompt Android Updates For Devices Moving Forward
Variety is one of the better things about Android. There are double digit manufacturers producing Android handsets, each adding their own little tweaks to the user interface. Then the carriers get their hands on the devices and in some cases add in a few more little customizations. It allows customers to truly find a phone that is almost personalized to their preferences.
That fragmentations is also what is so maddening. Because there are so many tweaks done to the stock Android OS before it gets to your hands, it takes that much longer for updates to the OS to eventually trickle down to devices. Depending on the manufacturer, it could take months to get the latest version of Android, if ever.
That is all about to change. Yesterday Google announced that it has reached a partnership with all major manufacturers and carriers to ensure that the latest Android updates are rolled out to devices in a timely fashion. And those updates would continue to roll out to devices for at least 18 months after the devices release.
That more or less ensures that when you buy a new Android phone, you will have the latest version of Android for almost the entirety of your contract. That is a huge selling point for customers who are almost instantly hit with buyer’s remorse because of the rapid pace of upgrades and improvements to both handsets and the Android operating system itself.
It is also good news for developers. It makes their lives easier creating apps, knowing that handsets will almost universally be running the same version of Android.