AT&T Blames Google For Slow Android Updates – Google Fires Back With Android’s Openness | Tech NEWS

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Slow Android updates have long been a concern for Android fanboys looking to receive the latest offerings from Google HQ. When it comes to pointing the finger, we know that both OEM’s and carriers share the responsibility of devices receiving timely firmware updates, with the carriers ultimately having the final say on whether or not update will be pushed to those devices.

Apparently, somebody forgot to send the memo to AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson on exactly how the update process processs. Speaking at Milken Institute event, Mr. Stephenson was asked why some phones are slow on receiving the latest version of Android. Hellos response? It’s Google’s fault.

“Google ascertains what platform gets the newest releases and when. A multiple of times, that’s a negotiated placement and that’s something we process at firm. We know that’s crucial to our customers. That’s kind of an ambiguous answer because I can’t provide you a direct answer in this setting.”

Puzzling. We’ve always been led to believe that Google develops the software, open-sources it and makes it obtainable to anyone who wants to put it on their phone, tablet, watch, refrigerator, etc.. But we’re willing to provide AT&T’s CEO the benefit of the doubt. It’s totally possible he could have been referring to Google’s Nexus devices, of which Google does negotiate with carriers, manufacturers, and chipset makers in partnering up together to release the flagship. Either way, news got back to Google and spokesperson at Mountain View had this to say:

Mr. Stephenson’s carefully worded quote caught our complaisance and frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to. Google does not have any agreements in arrange that require a negotiation before a handset launches. Google has always made

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