A couple of years back, Motorola decided to clarify what’s involved in the process of rolling out Android software updates to various pieces of kit. It was kind of a “Hey, don’t blame us for taking ages, it’s a really convoluted process” type thing.
In entirely the same vein, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has created an infographic, presumably in an attempt to get its update-hungry users to calm the heck down.
It’s one of the age-old problems of Android: manufacturers are free to tailor the OS as they please, but with those fancy customisations, they’re simultaneously making it all the more difficult to roll out updates when the next version comes around.
So on the one hand, you have an operating system with an army of fairly unique devices, but the distribution is all over the place (commonly referred to as “fragmentation”).
The HTC Android update infographic is almost comically long, with no less than a dozen steps for phones locked to carriers. Obviously the process is slightly easier for unlocked devices, and easier still if we’re talking about Google Play editions.
In addition, in “an effort to bring transparency”, HTC will detail its progress by carrier. At present, the HTC One KitKat update for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon is at the “Integration” stage, for example.
Alas, there doesn’t appear to be anything similar for HTC users in the UK at present. But hey, at least it’s a little clearer why it takes so freakin’ long.