Why do Android updates take so long to roll out?

Android 9 Pie is barely taking its first steps on the market, but this has not prevented users, especially those who own the most modern or powerful smartphones, from anxiously waiting for their device to receive the latest version of Google’s OS. This is why Sony wanted to address the topic by using a simple infographic explaining the process of adapting its interface to a new OS. This way we can see why we must wait some time in order to enjoy the latest Android updates.

If we do not own a Google Pixel or an Essential Phone, we just have to wait for our phone’s manufacturer to release a stable update, which takes time even for those brands and models who use a barely modified Android version.

Android updates: Sony explains the process

If we think back, we will remember Sony promised a few days ago that it would roll out Android 9 Pie to nine of its most modern smartphones. Now the company wants to somewhat justify itself to users via an infographic published on its official blog.

Although it seems easy, updating a phone to Android 9 Pie actually requires a lot of hard work. It involves changing the source code back to stock Android. After that, it is necessary to create the hardware abstraction layer (HAL) so the new OS works properly on phones that use very different components other than those used by Qualcomm. In this sense, Sony does not do a full job but prioritizes the smartphone’s most basic elements, like phone calls and internet connectivity, to then adapt other apps, like the camera, the UI or the battery management (Smart Stamina).

As expected, several lab tests are carried out by people within Sony as well as outside users (beta testers). All the people involved in the tests are focused on checking that the up-to-date phones meet the technological standards. There are additional tests that are required to check that the changes made by operators also work properly.

Once a device has successfully gone through all the internal and external tests, it is time to release it to the public at large. We cannot forget that Sony, just like any other company, must keep track of user feedback on different blogs, forums and social networks in order to smooth and fix minor bugs that might have bypassed the previous stage or roll out firmware updates that add new features demanded by the user community.

This infographic is certainly a nice way to understand why Android updates force us to keep our patience. Although giving manufacturers room to breathe is understandable, it can also push away potential users that might choose a smartphone running stock Android over one with a customized Android version. It is up to you to see what interests you the most.

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