One of the biggest criticisms for the Android platform remains the speed that updates to the operating system are rolled out to consumer’s handsets. Only yesterday we told you about HTC updating their roadmap for their ICS upgrade plans. Now it has been claimed that hardware is to blame for the slow ICS rollout.
According to a top Motorola executive it’s not individual company’s software customizations holding up the software upgrades. According to a report on PC Mag Motorola’s Christy Wyatt blames the hardware for the delay in getting the update out. The problem is being blamed on writing code for handsets besides the Google Nexus model.
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Wyatt said that when Google releases the software “they do a version of the software for whatever phone they just shipped”, and by the time the rest of the platform sees it multiple devices and carriers have to get the software onto their devices and networks.
Motorola realizes that its customers would like to see the Android updates earlier, but the process in providing it is complicated. According to Wyatt first there is the hardware support, and then the software has to be adapted with the custom software that manufacturers use. After all this the handsets themselves have to be re-certified by the carriers themselves, which all adds to the time it takes.
Wyatt said that the Windows Phone platform only supports one chipset, which makes upgrades much easier, but Motorola has no plans to join the platform. In the meantime Sony has confirmed that it will be upgrading a number of handsets to Android ICS, but the company has less chipsets and carriers to deal with compared to Motorola.
Motorola would be hoping to get earlier access to the Android software once it has been taken over by Google, but Google has previously stated that Motorola will remain a separate business with the platform remaining open to all.
Rival companies may still be a little concerned that Motorola will receive favorable treatment with regards to Android software though. But the situation can cause frustration to users as some are still waiting to receive the Android Gingerbread update.
Do you get annoyed waiting for the software upgrades or are you happy with the version you are already using?