Editor’s Note: Wow, this will really improve the custom ROM ecosystem and allow more people to feel comfortable and safe with a non-’official’ OS.
In some news that should downright embarrass carriers around the world a team of devs over at XDA have developed an OTA (over-the-air) update center for developers of custom ROMs. It hooks into and pushes updates out to their users automatically, just like “real” updates from your carrier or Google, of course minus the waiting time.
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ROM devs simply have to register, upload your ROM and then using the API set about integrating with the system to have it automatically …
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