In the last few weeks I’ve been exposed to a lot of bad press around the Android release cycle. Much of which is due to journalists who simply have not done their homework with regards to the Android release cycle – misconceptions due to a lack of understanding on how new Android releases are created and delivered to handsets. It’s not an executable file that Google sends out to your phones; in fact Google has very little to do with the update schedule.
Here’s how the Android release cycle works:
- Google internally develop and test an Android release. This release is “pure” Android that does not have any of the customisations, software components (drivers) that marry to the hardware, manufacturer