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Why can't Android phones be flashed to stock Android?

Wouldn't it make sense if Android phones could be flashed to stock Android?
Wouldn't it mean being able to get updates quicker?

Is there some technical reason that they couldn't?

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cowbutt  Jan. 31, 2014 at 16:20

Drivers (mostly).

"stock Android" doesn't include all the drivers for all the chipsets in use out there; even as binary blobs rather than source code. This is either because those drivers haven't been submitted for inclusion, or because the chipset manufacturer doesn't want to.

There's things like Replicant which is a fork of CyanogenMod that only includes Free software, but it only supports a small number of devices and even then, devices such as WiFi, camera, GPS don't work.

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