Google’s own Jean-Baptiste Queru took to Google+ today in the form of a mini-rant on Android updates and utilizing Google’s own channels to sell devices. Queru highlights the lengthy process it takes to update from Android 3.2 to Android 4.0 because of the large differences in framework between the two platforms. He goes on to say that updates from Gingerbread take even longer as a greater set of differences exists between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich than there are between Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich.
What’s more is Queru’s brief comment on update delays caused by “operator approvals.” Especially as we look at how much carriers control the testing and OTA process. It remains frustrating that as we start to talk about the next-generation platform for Android in Jelly Bean, we’re still looking at less than 3% of users on Ice Cream Sandwich.
From his comments we can extrapolate that delayed updates are now to be expected, that even minor updates, such as going from Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 can take a month or two. That’s just how things are with the continued use of custom skins, carrier and manufacturer testing.
“The part that blows my mind is that some variants of the Google-engineered flagship devices still haven’t received Ice Cream Sandwich (or are stuck with older versions of Ice Cream Sandwich) because of delays introduced by operator approvals. I’m very glad that Google is back in the business of selling phones directly without any middlemen to interfere, and I’ll be even happier when I see that program expanded to more countries.”