Guidelines for Device Updates Announced by Google for Android at Google I/O

May 10, 2011
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Another huge move by Google that made the audience completely lose it was the announcement that they will soon be working with carriers around the USA and the UK to create guidelines for device updates. So why does that matter? Why should you care? This means that you'll now be able to KNOW what if your device will be getting updates in the future, instead of having to guess when the newest Android version will be coming to you, or even if it will before the end of the device's lifespan. In other words, this is basically the best news ever!

Each new device, according to Google, will now get the newest update up until 18 months after their release, at minimum, and depending on if their hardware will allow it. What this means is that devices will not be left in the dark any longer after when they've only been out for a small amount of time. This has been a problem for Android device users in the past and this change is going to give support to Android users in the future. Android is stepping up!

Keep your eyes peeled to both Android Community and our sister site SlashGear for all the I/O announcements you can handle! Check out our Google I/O portal and hold onto your hats because this is only be beginning!


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  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    But it doesn’t help people who have older devices and still gives carriers the freedom to choose not to update at all, thus forcing users to buy new if they want the latest software.

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    But it doesn’t help people who have older devices and still gives carriers the freedom to choose not to update at all, thus forcing users to buy new if they want the latest software.

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    But it doesn’t help people who have older devices and still gives carriers the freedom to choose not to update at all, thus forcing users to buy new if they want the latest software.

    • JT

      Nah. I doubt that. It wouldn’t make sense to cut off devices with good hardware from updates that offer new features that allow google and carriers to build additional streams of revenue. It would probably just exclude the low end, entry level android devices.

    • JT

      Nah. I doubt that. It wouldn’t make sense to cut off devices with good hardware from updates that offer new features that allow google and carriers to build additional streams of revenue. It would probably just exclude the low end, entry level android devices.

  • JT

    Confused by this statement ”
    Each new device, according to Google, will not get the newest update until 18 months after their release”. Don’t you mean, each new device will get guaranteed updates for a *minimum* of 18 months after launch? I’m pretty sure that’s closer to what you meant?

  • Distortedloop

    What JT said.

    As written, the blog post suggests updates will be WITHHELD for 18 months. Please consider rephrasing it if that’s not what you meant…

    • Distortedloop

      And if that’s what you actually meant, how is that a good thing?

    • http://twitter.com/jmcomms Jonathan Morris

      Yes, one simple typo changes the meaning somewhat. Clearly it was meant to be:

      “Each new device, according to Google, will NOW get the newest update until 18 months after their release, and depending on if their hardware will allow it.”