Android Updates Are About to Get Much Easier

Android Updates Are About to Get Much Easier

Android updates have long been one of the most inconsistent aspects of owning an Android phone. While improvements have been made over the years, Google Pixel and Samsung flagship owners typically enjoy timely updates. However, the situation is different for those with midrange or budget phones, especially those with older chipsets or powered by Exynos or MediaTek processors. In such cases, users might receive one or two major updates if they’re lucky, followed by only security updates.

This inconsistency contributes to fragmentation and makes the Android experience less appealing compared to Apple’s, where users can generally expect updates for up to seven years, even if not all features are included. Fortunately, recent developments indicate that updating Android devices may soon become easier. In an interview with Android Authority, a Qualcomm executive revealed ongoing efforts to streamline the update process for OEMs.

Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of handsets at Qualcomm, explained, “One of the things we’ve been working on for the past several years with Google and with the OEMs is to change the structure of inline code — to kind of change the machinery for how we do those updates.” The goal is to reduce the bottlenecks OEMs face when rolling out updates to older devices.

“It is very complicated for a customer — an OEM — to get security updates, to get Android version updates, and then get it to every end user,” Patrick said. “It’s actually very expensive and very complicated.”

Qualcomm has been optimizing code for years and plans to make an official announcement about these changes later this year. While this optimization may not completely resolve Android’s software fragmentation, it’s encouraging to see Qualcomm addressing the issue, even though it is not solely responsible for the problem. voir voir voir voir voir voir voir voir

The timeline for this announcement remains unclear, but Android Authority suggests that events like IFA Berlin in September and the Snapdragon Summit in October 2024 could be likely venues. The latter event coincides with the expected launch of Samsung’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, making it a strategic time for Qualcomm to announce software improvements. More details are expected as we approach the fall.