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    Default Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    Why dosent Google release the code as they near the reveal to get samsung and ect to get their skins all over it? It gives them time to analyze it, then they skin it, then when google releases the final version, finish it up. That way people don't have to wait a a year. I mean it won't be right away though that'd be good for android. Just quicker.
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    Default re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    One of the benefits of HTC and Samsung having Google Play edition devices is that they do get the code earlier now. However, it's still a very lengthy process because rather than being "skins" in the old desktop app sense of the word, they're more akin to a ground up rewrite that just happens to have a lot of functionality in common, and many things are not backwards/forwards compatible and have to be rewritten.

    It's interesting to note that the GPe devices still run the same underlying firmware structure as the "skinned" devices, so a lot of the foundational changes are being made very quickly, so what we're really looking for in the delays are a combination of unique features/apps being rewritten to support the new OS and the testing and certification processes, which take much longer on re-releases because there is no profit motive to create urgency with the carriers.
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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    A lot of companies can't keep it secret (then again... nexus 5 leaks a few times a day) and it's usually finished a week or two before launch.

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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    At Google I/O last year, Google announced hardware partners would be getting a platform development kit for the new OS 2-3 months in advance of release to speed updates.
    Google will release an Platform Development Kit for hardware developers ahead of each major Android upgrade | The Verge
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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechTinker View Post
    Why dosent Google release the code as they near the reveal to get samsung and ect to get their skins all over it? It gives them time to analyze it, then they skin it, then when google releases the final version, finish it up. That way people don't have to wait a a year. I mean it won't be right away though that'd be good for android. Just quicker.
    And even if they got earlier access, that OEM would still need to invest time and resources developing and testing the upgrade.

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    Who said they don't
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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    The carriers should also be mentioned as culprits for update delays

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rule9 View Post
    The carriers should also be mentioned as culprits for update delays

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    You can't blame a carrier if the OEM isn't even trying to make the update.

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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    You can't blame a carrier if the OEM isn't even trying to make the update.

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    Never said I was referring to carriers alone

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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

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    Never said I was referring to carriers alone

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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    Mom in law? Is that you?? Bad enough you nit pick about insignificant things when u visit but I thought we had a talk about you following my forum posts!

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    Why wait up to a year for an update? Just root and apply custom ROM.
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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    *cough cough HTC cough cough lack of support cough cough buying Nexus 5 when I have money cough cough I think I'm dying* wheezes*

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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    That's pretty funny considering the HTC one was practically the first device besides nexus to have 4.3 and looks to be the first to get 4.4 as well.

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    Default Re: Why dosent Google give OEM's earlier access to software updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by franky_402 View Post
    That's pretty funny considering the HTC one was practically the first device besides nexus to have 4.3 and looks to be the first to get 4.4 as well.

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    It came out with 4.1

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    It came out with 4.1

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    Umn that's besides the point. It still got 4.3 before any other phone.

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