Google has struck a deal with smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, guaranteeing at least four years worth of updates to Android mobile devices…
There’s been massive improvements to Android over the years. But, some of its worst elements still remain. Since it’s an open source operating system, manufacturers and carriers alike “customize” Android. The end result is the absence of stock Android (with the exception of Pixel phones, of course). Now, Google is fixing one of the most notorious issues that have plagued Android for years.
Google Reaches Deal with Smartphone Chipmaker Qualcomm to Provide 4 Years of Android Updates
Even though Android makes up about 74% of the smart phone market, it still needs a few improvements. Sure, Apple has recently copied a number of Android features — like the ability to customize the home screens and widgets, along with a few other key options and tools. But one instance where Apple has excelled is where Android routinely falls short — future updates to the operating software.
Google has struck a deal with smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm to deliver up to four years of updates to Android devices. Previously, that was limited to only a couple of years. Meaning, after about two to three years, updates pretty much stopped, forcing people who would otherwise prefer to hold onto their handhelds to upgrade to new mobile devices. Qualcomm explains:
“These initiatives are designed to enable faster Android OS upgrades with fewer resources and a predictable software lifecycle for Snapdragon based devices, which together are expected to result in more consumers with Snapdragon based devices running the latest Android OS version.”