Why Android updates take a while to roll out in South Africa

“There is testing on our side, then testing and configuration on the OEM side, and then if it is an operator device, there are customisations and testing happening at the operator level as well,” he said.

Each step in this process can delay the rollout of Android updates to devices, but are necessary to ensure that bugs in the software are eliminated.

No bugs just adding bloatware
 
So then how does Apple do it? Apple does their own testing, and somehow the compatibility with the network operator is hardly an issue.
 
I don't understand. What does Apple do differently so that their phones can get updates immediately?

The difference is there is no bullsh$t bloatware being loaded first before the update is released to the customer.
That is why "testing" have to take place from all the manufacturers because they must ensure their bloatware don't crash on the new version of android.

If Apple wasn't so expensive I might actually consider buying their products just for the above reason, but alas I can't convince myself to pay so much for a mobile phone.
 
Android isn't such a complex OS. In fact, iOS is far more complex.
The manufacturers of the phones seem to want to pass all the buck onto the cellphone cartels. That lot, shouldn't be tinkering with software. As one would expect, their focus in on shafting customers, so pushing software to their customer's phones is priority 1999, right at the bottom of the list.
 
Couldn't care less about OS updates. Android is modular and most of the updates happen every week with the play store.
 
There's bla-bla excuses.

Huawei P8 - last update from Huawei was February 2016..... POS phone & OS.
 
Very quick updates for me here with my old OP3 and OxygenOS 5.0.3 :)
 
There's bla-bla excuses.

Huawei P8 - last update from Huawei was February 2016..... POS phone & OS.

I think they may have changed with updates though

P9 (Android 7.0 and security patch 1 May 2018)
Mate 10 Pro (Android 8.0 and security patch 5 May 2018)
P Smart (Android 8.0 and security patch 5 May 2018)
 
Because our network operators couldn't be bothered. Telkom are probably the worst offender when it comes to delayed updates.
 
Couldn't care less about OS updates. Android is modular and most of the updates happen every week with the play store.

Does this include base system updates? Like zero-day exploits in the OS itself or issues with hardware integration? I always thought only apps are updated through the play store.
 
Samsung is probably at the bottom of the list when it come to updates. My S9 is still on 8.0, the OS it shipped with yet 8.1 has been out for a while. I don't expect to get 8.1 but I do expect 9.0 & 10 when they get released. I don't mind not getting interim updates of the OS, but I do expect security updates regularly. With that said, I'd never buy a device from a wireless carrier, it must be a OEM device with none of the wireless carrier BS & bloatware. They don't pay to litter my storage with their non removable crap.
 
I call bull on the statement about the mobile operators doing their own testing. To me, it seems they just add their bloatware on the OS. My G4 Beat has all these annoying Vodacom related apps :(
 
I call bull on the statement about the mobile operators doing their own testing. To me, it seems they just add their bloatware on the OS. My G4 Beat has all these annoying Vodacom related apps :(

The horrible janky boot screen is what really gets me, ek kots sommer in my mond.:sick:
 
Project Treble

I think Project Treble (Introduced with Android 8) will help.
Going forward, devices with Android 8 should have an easier time upgrading.
Unfortunately, very few new devices have Android 8.
Some manufacturers are still selling devices with old versions of Android (5,6,7).
So the problem will be here for 3+ more years.

Whenever I look for a new device, I refuse to buy if it's not on a current version.
 
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Surely Android must have beta versions of the software like Apple has, which the networks can use for their testing before the final version gets released to the public?
Serious question, I don't have any experience with Android.
 
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