Software update has been a chronic problem with Android since its inception. With every new move, arises a new technical glitch in the Android horizon.
Google claims Android software updates are tricky to develop. It requires a lot of time. Even testing the minor security ones demand a huge amount of money. Since finance appears to be a prime obstacle here, The Verge has proposed crowdfunding may fix the issue.
Although the way out sounds interesting, it might appear unreasonable to many users. Now the question arises: are the users ready to burn a hole in their pockets just to stay updated?
Google points to having devices running tens of different versions as main culprit behind such perennial issue. This occurs as a pain for developers, but a gain for hackers. To date, there are millions of active Android devices, which have never been able to run the latest version of Android. The prompt delivery of updates from Google to users needs working with phone manufacturers and carriers. This again believed to be a lengthy affair.
And both of them typically need to work on an update before it’s handed to users. The problem seems to remain mostly with carriers: networks like Verizon need to thoroughly test each update on a series of devices before releasing it. Call it fact or misfortune, such tests can ‘cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,’ and are difficult to speed up. BGR reports.
A recent report says that Google is perusing the Android OEMs and carriers to accelerate the software update process via a ‘Ranking System’. This system will rank the OEMs based on timely ‘security patches and operating system versions’. Google is reported to be sharing this list internally with Android partners earlier this year and there is possibility that it will make the list public in order to put more pressure on the manufactures.
One more solution to this problem is user-acceptance. They need to accept and appreciate that Android Software updates are tough to develop, and take time and money to put out, and when carriers get involved, they can be subject to long, tiresome delays.