With every new Android update announced, fear begins to set in after the original excitement of seeing great new features fades away. Will my device be updated? When? Should I just go buy a new one? It’s a problem that has long plagued the Android ecosystem, and Google is finally stepping up to try and deal with it.
Sure, releasing Ice Cream Sandwich across all devices will make delivering updates much easier, but it still doesn’t do anything to secure updates for any amount of time, or deal with the problem of how updates are distributed. That’s where a new committee of carriers and manufacturers come in. According to Google, partners like Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, and AT&T are all working together to find solutions on Android’s updating problems. Google wants to ensure that, should hardware allow it, phones are updated for 18 months after release, and that a more uniform way of updating is made available. Andy Rubin has said that manufacturers haven’t quite figured out how they will hold up their end of the bargain just yet, but they are “actively thinking it out right now.”
Any change from the way updates are handled now is sure to be a welcome one. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any more information from the committee once it’s made available.
Via This is my next