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Can't we develop a master ROM?
Yes, this sounds like master key, that works for all locks. But, what I mean to say is, many OEMs, carriers, are, as you know, habituated to give delayed updates for Android. Many don't give them at all. There are many devices in the market which fit the minimum requirements criteria of latest versions but are still deprived of upgrades, mostly to suit the makers' business prospects. Now-a-days, there are several custom ROMs available from many developers who can provide upgraded software for respective phones. But why can't we have a software that fits all. Why do we need a different ROM for every device. As in, we have a single dvd of Windows or Ubuntu that can be installed on PCs of different configurations and made by different companies like Dell, Acer, or assembled. Just like that, can't we have an Android ROM that can be installed on all phones which like Windows or Ubuntu adapts to the configuration and hardware availability of the phone? Why do we have to go through this complex network of customizing ROMs for each device, do trial and error, etc.? This software can be made available to the public or at least developers when it has been tested at least on Google's Nexus devices. Many would argue that this might hit sales of OEMs, but when PCs were ruling, we still had this method in place and it didn't deter them.
(Correct me if this is already available or if there is a grave technical impossibility in doing this.)