Motorola executive outlines hardware as main reason for slow Android updates

Over the years, while updates to Android took center stage, there were all kinds of rumors going around. Whether it was Google’s fault, or the phone manufacturer’s fault is still something that is debated in small circles around the world. The finger usually, and more often than not, gets pointed right at the phone manufacturers who have developed a proprietary user interface to go over a certain version of Android, and that still seems to be the general belief to this day. But, Christy Wyatt, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Enterprise Business Unit says it isn’t the customized software at all, but the hardware.

Wyatt explains to PC Mag that it isn’t the software necessarily that causes the slow update time table. More than anything else it’s the hardware, and writing code for it. She says that Google releases a certain version of Android’s code to match a device they have recently launched (that Android operating system’s Halo device, apparently, like Google’s Nexus line), and that writing code to support other hardware is tougher than most people realize.

“When Google does a release of the software … they do a version of the software for whatever phone they just shipped. The rest of the ecosystem doesn’t see it until you see it. Hardware is by far the long pole in the tent, with multiple chipsets and multiple radio bands for multiple countries. It’s a big machine to churn.”

It would make sense that Motorola has plenty of devices out there to support, in plenty of countries running different network technologies, and carriers in general. We all know that carriers seem to take their sweet time when certifying devices, and that process doesn’t slow down just for software upgrades.

With Motorola reportedly slowing down the phone releases in 2012, it would seem that the hardware and software upgrade issue would start to calm down, too. Without so many devices to upgrade, Motorola can better focus their attention on updating devices. Of course, that’s all in theory, so let’s just hope that’s the case.

via PC Mag

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