We often blame our mobile phone manufacturers for outdated android versions, Most of them take it to forums (like XDA) to express their anger and create petition threads. But only those working at the core of these companies know how dreadful a task this is – pushing android updates to users.
Now HTC has decided to share their entire process of how they push an Android update to its users. Yes an OTA update takes a ton of work and has to pass a lots of tests and meetings in order to arrive at your phone. One might think it is just a matter of flashing a new ROM. But for manufacturers, they have to take a lot of things into consideration such as Carriers, Demographics, Country Laws and much more.
In this Infographic, HTC has revealed it all. Although I am unsure if this process is same with other companies but I will say it must be more or less on the same path.
The process starts with Google releasing its Platform Development Kit to HTC and later announcing the new Android Version. Google then sends the source code to Chipset manufacturers and HTC. The Chipset manufacturers determine if the new android version will be supported on their chipsets and HTC takes note on the new Android version’s requirements. The rest of the interesting stuff is there in the Infographic.
I hope now you realized how an Android OTA update gets to your phone. The process with Google Nexus is a bit easier I guess maybe because its all inhouse? Google owns both Android and Nexus so they can cut the middle man and tune Nexus for any update.
Yet HTC and other manufacturers do a good job at keeping our devices updated to their capability and I think they do deserve a round of appreciation for their efforts.
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Infographic credits: HTC