Why Do You Take Both to Spread New Versions of Android?

A few days ago had a conversation with Pedro Santamaría, partner in Applesfera (contrary to what many think, we get along fine with them), on Why do you take both to spread the new versions of Android. With curiosity, I wondered if it was because of Google. I know that many newcomers to Android are made the same question, so I think it is useful to share and expand the response I gave to Peter.

Yesterday, Google released an update of Android, version 4.2, still with the name Jelly Bean. He did it by surprise and after tell us just two hours before that they would not do so. That when only a handful of select terminals have been version 4.1. And many are still waiting for version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Is he to blame for all this Google? Well, not so much as many are intended.

The long road of a version of Android

When Google releases a new version of its operating system, this has a long way to reach the terminals, with many obstacles to overcome. Unfortunately, most of these obstacles are beyond the control of Google.

So they have time to prepare, Google makes the code source of new versions of Android leading manufacturers, several months in advance. Thus, they can adapt it to your hardware that, as we all know, it is very diverse. This is one of the greatest riches of Android, the positive part of the fragmentation, but also the first piece of the most negative part.

So to begin with, manufacturers consume precious time in adapting the new version of Android to their devices in development, the future new releases, so that they put on the market with the latest version. Of course, they also have to spend time to adapt it to your devices that are already in the market.

So far everything normal, but becomes the first mistake: customizations

Unfortunately this step, which was logical and expected, leads to the unnecessary step: customizations of the manufacturers. With the aim of providing a unique and distinctive experience, makers of Android devices added a layer to the operating system, applications, appearance and functionality. Samsung has its Touchwiz interface, HTC has Sense, Sony has Timescape & #8230;

When one of these manufacturers fit the new version of Android devices, also has that devote time to adapt your customization This version of Android, for each of your devices. This is a cost that we have to add to the minimum required, and that we could save if the customizations of the manufacturers are not embedded within the update. If it were an option that we could only be installed if we.

The worst thing is that here not always has just the thing. When this second work is ready, the manufacturer has tested that it works correctly, propagates the update to devices … but then we can come up with the next step unnecessary: the telecommunication operators.

Not only pay for the permanence, also by delays

If you have purchased a terminal grant of an operator, you know you’re also going to pay a very high price in the form of delay in receiving new versions of Android. While the update from manufacturer directly free phones, there is a intermediate step for those acquired with grant.

The operator receives the update from the manufacturer, and almost all are dedicated to embed your own customizations within the update. It is not as profound as the manufacturer’s changes, but they are certainly much more unnecessary. Usually it’s applications of little interest or usefulness, embedded within the operating system (and therefore not uninstallable without having root access). It is what is called “ bloatware & #8220;.

Applications to buy music, or instant messaging, which I very much doubt that anyone will use, but that they occupy memory space, which are difficult to uninstall, do not contribute anything, and that they delay the spread of Android.

I would like that some day operators realize is that users appreciate more diligence it when transmit updates that this so-called “ value-added ” applications “ exclusive ” and forced. Unfortunately, I know that there is always an idiot in the marketing department that has the last word, despite not having any idea of what is best for the users.

Pure Google experience

When shopping sells it to a device, Google Nexus “ pure Google experience & #8221;. As in this case it is the own Google which controls updates to Android, guarantee you that there will be delays by the manufacturer (it is as if Google were the manufacturer!) nor of the operator (which will be skipped when sending update).

Is not that Google favors Nexus devices … is that simply do not put obstacles to manufacturers and operators find it. In addition, Google comes updating the Nexus while the hardware gives of itself. Something that rarely do manufacturers. It is also true that Google has a historical catalogue of much less than the manufacturers of Nexus. Or that Sony brings in three months & #8230;

To make matters worse, while Google is situation to tell you when they will spread versions of Android, manufacturers and operators not usually be able to estimate this information accurately. This is one of the advantages of purchasing a Nexus device, but it is important to know what to.

The shortcut of the unofficial ROMs

Luckily, Android has an incredible community. Seconds after Google launched a new version of Android, they are already preparing adaptations for the main devices in the market. Thanks to this, in a very short time, advanced users can clean your customizations of manufacturer and operator devices, and install a clean ROM, with almost pure Google experience.

It is obvious that it requires a minimum of advanced knowledge, but becoming is more simple, and in fact many manufacturers are putting on their side, not to lock the bootloader or provide tools to unlock it. Let’s say that they leave the door open to all those who want to take care of installing new versions at your own risk.

What Google can do

No I’d like to close this article unamended the flat to Google, since even if it has no fault of how manufacturers they delay the spread, I think that there is aspects that could affect more to reduce the problem.

Android, by definition, is a system that gives enough sleeve wide manufacturers who wish to use it, Google could restrict the conditions for granting certification. This certification is what allows a device to have access to Google Play, it is not Turkey mucus.

Thus, Google could require manufacturers that customization layer was optional, or to an application type “ launcher ”, installable and independent. In this way, I believe that It would be faster spreading Android versions, provided that manufacturers also put on your part.

I think that Google also could put pressure on manufacturers and operators to force of the bloatware removal, as it is in position privileged to do so. Android user experience would also be much more smooth and satisfactory.

I hope that with this article it is clear some doubts, and spread the blame among all the actors involved in the process. If you have any doubt, I will be happy to clarify it in the comments.

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