AT&T CEO Plays the Blame Game with Google
During a Q&A session during Milken Institute’s Global Conference, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, blamed Google for being the cause of smartphones being slow to receive updates to new versions of Android. When asked by an audience member about the slow update process, Stephenson placed the blame squarely on Google saying, “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard. We know that’s important to our customers. That’s kind of an ambiguous answer because I can’t give you a direct answer in this setting.” Google took issue with being blamed for the slow update process, and responded to Stephenson’s comment in a statement by a Google spokesperson reading, “Mr. Stephenson’s carefully worded quote caught our attention and frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to. Google does not have any agreements in place that require a negotiation before a handset launches. Google has always made the latest release of Android available as open source at source.android.com as soon as the first device based on it has launched. This way, we know the software runs error-free on hardware that has been accepted and approved by manufacturers, operators and regulatory agencies such as the FCC. We then release it to the world.”
For those that may be wondering, the update process is as follows: Google releases the latest version of Android after the first device based on it is released. From there, manufacturers get the newest Android version working on their devices and add their customizations (ex: overlays). Next, the cell carriers certify the ROM and add their bloatware to the mix. Once that is done, the new update is pushed out to your device.
Source: 9to5 Google