Who decides which phones get the new versions of Android?

How come some phones are stuck on Android 2.1 while some new ones have Android 2.3? Why can’t all Android phones get 2.3?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 2, 2011 at 15:46

That is the problem, isn't it ;)
With iOS it is one maker, and one handset.

With Android there are dozens and dozens of different phones by different handset makers with different specs branded by different networks...Add different UI enhancements such as HTC's Sense, Acer's Breeze, Sammy's Touchwiz etc etc...

Consider the Sony Ericsson Arc - Sony Ericsson slapped it's own UI on Gingerbread and added hardware buttons that are in a different order to most Androids' hardware keys. That is just one example.
Also, the networks that brand the OS on phones, have to pay the manufacturers for the OS branding. If the phone doesn't sell well, they won't shell out for a software update...
I recently found an old old Sammy Pixon with Vodafone branding. Just out of curiosity I checked for a Firmware update: there never was one. Not EVER.
It's not an Android-specific problem ;)
So - culprits? All of them.

CTPAHHIK  May. 3, 2011 at 17:11

Manufacturer of a phone is the one who provides an update. Networks can push phone manufacturer for an updated version of Android or any bug fixes.
XDA Developers have their own opinion on updates and usually do it better than phone maker.


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