Why Android updates take a while to roll out in South Africa - and why you to look at Nokia and Xiaomi which are currently part of the Android One programme
Unlike Apple’s iOS updates, new versions of Android are rolled out to multiple devices created by various manufacturers. This means manufacturers need to implement their versions of Android and engineer updates into their platform.
Sahin said South Africa is also an operator-led market, which means many smartphones are sold through mobile operators. The country is, however, one of the first to receive updates for Android, he said.
With the launch of the Android One programme, though, users who own supported devices will receive major OS and security updates shortly after they are launched by Google. “I expect that Android One devices will receive the Android P update shortly after it rolls out to the Pixel,” said Sahin.
He added that the fact Android One devices run an almost-stock version of Android make updates easier and quicker for manufacturers to implement. “I am not familiar with exactly how the scheduling will work, but I would say that they would be one of the first set of devices to follow the official update.”
|Why Android updates take a while to roll out in South Africa
MyBroadband spoke to Google’s Mahir Sahin about the rollout of Android updates to devices.