The Anatomy of an Android OS Update, by HTC

| Editorial

Ever wonder why Android upgrades are...shall we say, spotty? In an attempt to "bring transparency" to the upgrade process, HTC has published an excellent infographic detailing the many steps every update must go through.

Very few Android devices are capable of upgrading to whatever the current version of Android is at any given moment, and the result is massive fragmentation throughout the platform. That could be what prompted HTC to commission JESS3 to make this infographic. From the company's website:

HTC is focused on providing timely software updates for both HTC Sense innovation and major Google Android releases. In an effort to bring transparency to this process, we will be marking the steps of preparation and our progress, by device and carrier.

There are several stages to the adaptation of a Google Android release.

The image below is the full infographic, and it's a large image (377K), but if you want to see it in its original, even larger size, you can see it at HTC's website.

Ouch

And that, kids, is why Android is so fragmented.

[Via BGR]

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

skipaq

Now, that is perfectly obtuse.

Lee Dronick

But it does have more megapixels

aardman

Which is why the integrated whole-widget approach will win in the end.

Autos also had independent engine builders, chassis fabricators, and coach works.  That system was pretty much cold and dead by the time the Model T came out.

Lancashire-Witch

Gee. That’s quite a process. 
How can anyone produce “timely updates” with a process like that?

davidneale

Well, that’s as clear as mud. Now, just one question. Why do all Android updates end up in two Mac Pros?

jbruni

Reminds one of digestion and excretion. Coincidence?

RonMacGuy

Did you say ‘massive fragmentation’ Bryan?  You know, so long as programmers write their apps right, fragmentation doesn’t really matter!!  Really!!

Repeat after me…  There is no fragmentation.  There is no fragmentation.  There is no fragmentation…

Intruder

@jbruni: So the rings would be various sphincters?

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