This week, the Consumers ‘ Association announced that they will take summary action against Samsung due to’ the flawed software update plan for Android smartphones.’ A consumer does not know exactly how long they have the right to update for a device they just bought new. It can be a year, maybe two years, but nothing more. The user group has something to do with this, but the question is whether the issue can be addressed in the way that manufacturers and providers are now operating with Android.
What’s the issue? For example, you’re buying Android phones from Samsung. For example, KitKat runs on this, Android version 4.4 at the time of purchase. Samsung has added its own skin to the underlying Android system: TouchWiz. If Google comes with a new version, Lollipop, first version 5.0, then it usually takes months to be precise for your mobile phone to roll out an update. Furthermore, there is a need for mobile providers Vodafone’s and T-Mobiles, who want to put their pee on a phone, making an update even longer. Google makes the Nexus cell phones and tablets that have Android without the manufacturer’s shell and are able to do so.
That’s an update to a real new Android release. In addition, bugs and leaks are found in the operating system on a regular basis. Such bugs are fixed, it is enough to close the leaks. For this reason, equipment must be modified. Does your mobile have an update for the Stagefright leak, for example? Perhaps not yet. These breaches of security require regular updates, as with a desktop or laptop computer on a regular basis.
Google is now doing that with regular security updates from its Nexus devices, but no security updates appear on my Samsung Note 4 or the LG G4 (which I still have on loan) and the Marshmallow update has been waiting for months.
A comparison with how to update a PC or Mac is evident. Why can’t Microsoft or Apple upgrade those Android phones to their computers? My 2009 iMac is now operating on El Capitan, and in recent months, El Capitan has made several changes. Updating Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 on many new (er) PCs is a huge success. I can’t update the first iPad anymore, but the iPad 3 is running on the latest iOS version. You can’t expect a computer to last forever, of course, but it’s not that weird about five or six years?
It’s easy for Apple to update its own hardware, of course, but Microsoft and PC manufacturers also manage to regularly update equipment. What’s the Android issue? The issue is how Android is being offered. For manufacturers and suppliers of mobile services. You can change anything, your own hair, your own devices that you can’t remove. With a Mac, this is not the case. A vendor may provide additional software, but the basis is the same for Windows 8 and 10, which makes it easier to upgrade.
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If a manufacturer is no longer permitted to lay its own shell over Android, we’re much further already. This is something that the manufacturers should be forced by Google. Does a developer want their own additional apps? Fine, as long as they’re different from Marshmallow and Lollipop.
Nexus devices will inform you that you can quickly update an Android phone or tablet in the same way. Yet custom ROMs, like those from Cyanogen, also ensure the longer service life of devices and easy sealing of security leaks. The Stagefright leak was patched almost immediately after Google issued a patch on my Samsung Galaxy Note, which now runs CyanogenMod.