Why Your Android Phone Isn’t Getting Operating System Updates? | Tech Blog


Why most phones won't get new version update even after months of official OTA update release? Every Android user must have a dream of using new Android Version. Google releases its new Android version every year. In 2016, Google had released Android Nougat or Android 7.0 with lots of new features, security enhancements, fascinating UI and many other improvements. In 2017, We are expecting Android O. But, if we do a reality check, it's crystal clear that only 10-20% Android user will get the update even after one year.

So, Where's the problem?

Google releases new version update in a Stock version which basically the Original Android without any custom layer. You may have noticed that all the smartphones running Stock version like Google Pixel Phones, Nexus Phones, receive updates very often. This is because manufacturers don't have to do any major changes. They just do some optimization and release the update.

But if we talk about other manufacturers like Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC or any other, these manufacturers don't use Stock Android (Android version as released by Google, without any modification). They add Custom Skins on the top of Stock Android like Samsung uses TouchWiz UI, HTC has its own Sense UI, Xiaomi applies MIUI in all of its Smartphones. They also add many applications, features and options. Therefore, we can't see Stock Android on these phones.

Let's see dialer app on a Nexus phone, a Samsung phone and a Xiaomi phone. you'll definitely see the difference.

This modification on Stock Android incur cost and time and people might have to wait for 3-4 months. But again, it's not confirmed that you'll receive an update after waiting for 3-4 months. Most manufacturers only design and optimise new update only for their flagship devices like Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 for Samsung. They don't bother to provide an update on their budget segment phones.

So, if you are using a low range budget segment phone from any manufacturer, don't expect any update from the manufacturer. You have to be fortunate enough to receive an update.

Rooting is the only method to install/flash any new Android version on your phone. If you don't know what is rooting? How can you root your smartphone? Let me know in the comments below.

Source: Google Developer's

Anyway, In Google I/O 2017, Google has announced its Project Treble to speed up the Android updates by adding a Vendor Interface Layer. With a stable vendor interface providing access to the hardware-specific parts of Android, device makers can choose to deliver a new Android release to consumers by just updating the Android OS framework without any additional work required from the silicon chip manufacturers.


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