Google leads log of how long each smartphone manufacturers are about to deploy software updates and is now considering to publish figures.
Android is the most widely used operating system, among other things. because it is for free use for all and therefore exists in a multitude of different adaptations of the various smartphone manufacturers.
However, it is probably also the greatest weakness of Google’s operating system, for it has resulted in the infamous fragmentation, there is so much talk about.
The problem has existed since Android came to, and is not exactly been solved despite strenuous attempts by Google. Last year was the problem of the slow software updates really demonstrated, since the severe Stagefright-security hole arose and required an important security update to remedy the error.
Several of the big manufacturers volunteered immediately out, that it would now send out monthly security updates, but they have had some difficulty keeping the promise.
“Google has made great strides since Stagefright, but still struggles with the fact that some telcos do not see security as a priority, while producers have other incentives, URf.eks. to sell new devices, “ says Joshua Drake, security researcher at Zimperium.
They are often significant changes made to the user interface combined with telecommunications companies additional authorisations for software updates resulting in long delays-if the software updates at all reaches. Google, however, it will no longer find themselves in.
Google keeps an eye on the slow producers
As evidenced by Google’s monthly figures, is the latest Android version, Marshmallow, only installed at 7.5% of all Android devices a little over half a year after the first Nexus phones received the software.
According to the newspaper Bloomberg has Google therefore in longer time out log of how quickly – or rather slowly – producers of Android smartphones deploys software updates.
There should be talk of a toplist, where individual producers are ranked according to how quickly both security updates and software updates rolls out. These numbers are earlier this year have been shared with the various manufacturers, and are now considering Google to go further and publish the numbers.
There may be two motives behind this. On the one hand, Google sends a signal to both consumers and producers about the it giant does not tolerate the slow software updates, while Apple hurtles ahead with over 50% prevalence of iOS 9 in under a weekand, on the other hand, it may be an incentive for producers to boost your software updates going forward.
A conversion of Android can be only solution
The question is whether it is sufficient. Google has tried over the years to move more and more components of the Android operating system to Play-the store, so that do not require a complete system update to fix bugs and update systemapps and background services. It requires, however, probably more than that.
“The best way to solve this problem is with a massive redesign of the operating system,” said Mike Chan former Google employee and now a co-owner of the new producer Nextbit.
The alternative is, according to Chan, that Google should invest in learning producers and telecommunications companies to “be good Android-‘borgere ‘” — implied that if they want to use Android, they must also up with software updates.