In the same spirit as leaving vague Post-It notes next to that growing stack papers, Google may adopt a new incentive to ‘motivate’ manufacturers and affiliates to participate in keeping current Android. The biggest search engine has reportedly elected in creating a ranking system to publicly call out manufacturers and carriers who are reluctant to spin out updates to current Android devices. The same system seeks to reward fast adopters by making the fruits of their efforts public knowledge.
Implementation of such methods may not be the way to create a stable flatmate ecosystem, yet it might be effective in helping to stabilize the continuing fragmenting Android ecosystem. Challenges to face is keeping their mobile OS secure, even if Google has the tools to address these challenges. Actual implementation in the form of patches, fixes, and updates is largely out of their hands. Since Android runs on such a diverse array of devices, making sure that security updates roll out to them largely falls carriers and manufacturers.
“It’s not an ideal situation.” As quoted from Android’s Hiroshi Lockheimer. Referring to the process of rolling out updates as “the weakest link on security on Android.” Taking matters into their own hands as much as they can by putting heavy pressure on slow updaters is what Google is attempting.
Google isn’t the only entity unhappy with carriers and manufacturers. Earlier this year, the FCC and FTC launched a formal inquiry to determine why these updates were taking so long. Submission of documentation by Carriers and manufacturers are describing the process of rolling out updates in detail to justify the delays as best as they can.
What are your thoughts regarding Google’s new campaign to belittle and force partners to make updates roll out more quickly? Have you experienced frustration with update delays yourself?