AT&T CEO knocks Google for slow Android smartphone updates

Shawn Knight

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Who do you blame for not updating your Android smartphone in a timely manner? Well if you are AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and someone asks you that question, you point...

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Mmmm, my T-Mobile Vibrant hasn't ever gotten the Gingerbread 2.3 update. The Galaxy S Captivate on AT&T (same phone, different name) got the update. I blame T-Mobile...

Julio Franco

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It's a disaster from the user's point of view... either be stuck on some old version while other more popular phones receive the updates, or try to hack your way around it which ultimately results in more complication than it should.

Manufacturers understandably have to test updates before making them widely available, unfortunately what we've seen so far with Android 4.0 is weeks and months of waiting. On the carrier side, it's more like adding insult to injury as I have to assume most "testing" is based on their bloatware playing nice with the new OS versions.


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I don't like the current situation. Google creates the OS and then the hardware manufacturers has to custom tailor it for their hardware and then the carriers can't resist putting their own touches on it too. I'm not blaming google but I'd like to see google really attempting to deal with the issues but I'm not sure what can be expected reasonably.


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I would say Google and the Manufacturers share the blame.

Sure, carriers usually install some extra "experience-enhancing" customization crap to the phones but I would blame that to the Manufacturers who let carriers do that sleazy sh*t.

But even if you get a stock Android phone it would probably also not get the latest updates and that's why I blame Google because they have no control over the hardware and they have failed to set strict standards to the big manufacturers.

Sadly, that's why Carriers love Android they have open doors to customize it as they see fit.


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The way I see it, AT&T is the last company that should be telling another about being slow. :/


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Wow, i wonder if google has a contract with at&t, ceo is just jealous cause google has a better workplace then att does...bummer their service is so much better then sprint here otherwise i would drop them like a week old chili fart....


Well, i guess i'm a little more synical. Why would the phone manufacturers and telcos push updates, when we'll get so sick of waiting, we go out and buy a new one with the latest driod! A good way to make sure you buy more and more often?


And this is why, if I were to get any phone it would probably be Google's own Galaxy Nexus. Technically old and inferior hardware? Yes. Always the first to get updates until even the next of Google's operating system? Yes. Sorry but I don't like screwing around with rooting and roms. Just give me something that's up to date and that works.