For most owners of Android powered mobile devices, getting the latest version of one’s mobile operating system is almost always a test in patience. The fact of the matter is -- the time it takes for a new Android update to actually get to the user’s handset just too darned long, and even if it is not, results are pretty much inconsistent, with some receiving the updates sooner than others.
Of course, Google, the creator of the world’s most widely used mobile OS, is out to speed things up. As the source of the updates, the tech giant itself has streamlined its deployments -- accelerating the availability of the latest updates, release workarounds as fast as they can, and even limiting the number of device testing requirements.
But sometimes the delays are out of Google’s control. Phone makers and wireless carriers also do their own testing of the latest deployed update, and oftentimes, they do not do a good job of expediting the updating process. The losers of course are the end users, who often have to wait several months before they can experience the newest version of Android on their mobile devices.
Taking things into its own hands, Google has decided to set up rankings that feature its various phone maker and wireless carrier partners. Each of these partners is graded according to how updates its handsets are, based on the latest rollout of security patches and deployment of Android versions.
Google has already shared these rankings with its Android partners earlier this year, but now the tech giant is seriously considering publishing the list in public. By doing this, Google will essentially be hitting two birds with one stone -- recognizing partners who are on time in deploying Android updates, while on the other hand, calling attention to those who need to be more urgent in updating their devices.
Meanwhile, Google is also mulling the possibility of not depending too much on the standard update process. As a matter of fact, the company has already started exploring other avenues for rolling out the newest versions of its services. Take its Allo messaging service, for instance -- instead of being part of a new version of the Android mobile operating system, it is released a standalone mobile app, which allows Google to update it without having to go through many tests conducted by phone makers and wireless carriers. Also, Google has made sure to provide a preview of its upcoming Android N (coming this fall) as early as March of this year. Hopefully, phone makers should start their tinkering as early as now so that by the time Android N is released, they will be more or less familiar with the latest Android version.
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