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HTC makes an infographic to detail the Android update process

HTC makes an infographic to detail the Android update process
Everyone who has ever owned an Android device has formed an opinion about the software update process on the platform, regardless of how well that person may fully understand the process itself. HTC wants to make things a bit more transparent and has put together a pretty cool infographic that breaks down the software update process from start to finish.

The infographic offers a basic step-by-step look at how a software update is created for carrier branded devices, unlocked/developer devices, and Google Play devices. HTC splits up the process into 5 stages. Stage Zero is Evaluation, which covers Google releasing a new platform development kit, announcing a new version of the software, and releasing the source code to chipset manufacturers and device makers. Stage One is Development, where chipset makers and device manufacturers create new drivers and software based on the new Android update. Stage Two brings Integration where carrier software and manufacturer skins are added. Stage Three is Testing/Certification, where the new software is deemed stable enough for release. Last is Stage Four where the new software is pushed to the customer. 

HTC has even added a way to track updates on a new landing page, so we can get an idea of how long each stage will take. From what we've seen with Motorola's Moto X, it seems like the two big delays are manufacturer skins and carrier software (we assume it was the carrier software that delayed the update for the new DROIDs), and HTC's new landing page seems to confirm that. Right now, the page lists the Android 4.4 updates for the Unlocked, Developer, and Google Play Edition HTC Ones as "completed", while the carrier branded models are still on the "Integration" stage. 


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posted on 26 Dec 2013, 16:09 3

1. twens (Posts: 520; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Off topic but to me I believe the success of android will be when the core android OS itself is fully optimized. Android has too many good hardware. All it needs is more optimization. People turn to put all the blame on manufacturers skins. That's not all that true. It's getting better and better each release but it still needs more work. Android is a great OS.one of its kind but Google still needs to step up with optimization.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 16:14 5

2. Antimio (Posts: 129; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


No matter what they say, HTC will always have terrible OS support. Period

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 16:36

3. 14545 (Posts: 1069; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I agree here. Which is sad because I used to love them. Heck, I even defended the thunderturd.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 19:17 7

9. izim1 (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You're seriously comparing updates for one-off carrier products, on VERIZON of all carriers, to general world released products? Really? The flagship HTC one unlocked/international has received a fair share of updates since its release. Including kit Kat. What more do you want, exactly? For them to update your sensation to kitKat 4.4.3?

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 20:39

11. 14545 (Posts: 1069; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


So because they are stupid and release carrier branded crap, they are automatically exempt from having to update it? Seriously? Maybe if they didn't play this carrier branded crap game, then they wouldn't be watching their profits and customers go bye-bye.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:13 1

12. Zero0 (Posts: 571; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


The Moto X on Verizon was the first phone other than the Nexus 5 to get KitKat.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 17:35 2

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1329; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I wouldn't say htc is that terrible with updates. Did you already forget about sony and lg?I think they're worse

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 18:11

6. HASHTAG (unregistered)


LG is actually starting to improve with update support. Have you been reading about them lately?

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 19:02 2

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I wouldn't say they're improving just yet. They released Kit Kat for their flagship device in their home country, not that big of a deal. The Optimus G and Optimus G Pro are still on 4.1.2, and LG has made no comment (to my knowledge) about updating either of them; while most other manufacturers 2012-2013 flagships/high end devices are at least on 4.2.2, and/or have released plans to update them. LG is still way behind.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:31

13. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Well if that's the case, then all manufactures are behind. Though LG being way behind, at least they are one of the first to release the 4.4 update other than the Nexus and GE phones. So it is kind of a big deal, considering most are phones are just now receiving 4.3. Doesn't matter if it's just in one country. Who knows how long these phones will be waiting for the 4.4 update when they just received the 4.3 update. Your argument is valid, but it's still a bit weak. Not saying that mine is a stronger argument, but I guess it's just based on how we see things. Samsung is starting to slow down a bit with their updating process, while HTC and LG are on par, and Sony is just starting to get the hint...

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 01:57

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


All manufacturers are behind in relation to when Google releases a new version and when their devices get the update, but some manufacturers are a lot better off than others.

Samsung has generally been good, but has been slowing down.

Motorola had a huge mess in 2011 with the Tegra 2 chip, but otherwise they've been good, fantastic even, as of late. The Moto X got the Kit Kat update before the Nexus 4, through Verizon, even. And their 2013 Droids got the update just last week.

HTC has always been kind of slacking, but now they've been pushing out updates like crazy.

Sony has been pretty terrible except for just recently. They have official AOSP support for a few of their most popular devices, which is nice, but not enough to make up for their own support.

LG has been plain terrible; they got one update out very quickly, so what? Until it becomes a common thing, and they actually release of time frames for their other devices, this means almost nothing for their reputation. It's a good start, but it shouldn't be enough to change the view on their updates.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 19:25

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 1329; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


That optimus g won't be receiving 4.4 in some countries particularly in Estonia? Lg might be updating their phones but not as much as other oems

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 19:10 1

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's a very bold statement that is not true in any way. HTC is on a nice streak with their updates as of late, and show no signs of slowing down. Also, any manufacturer can have good OS support, no matter what their track record is, they just have to be willing to put in the effort. So, even if HTC has slacked on updates in the past, they could one day just decide to start updating their devices, which is what it seems like now. It's a pretty simple thing to start doing, but like I said, they have to put in the effort in order to follow through with it.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 11:54

21. JEEPOFFROADV8 (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Apr 2009)


really? whatever you say. but nothing changes the fact i love my htc one. and htc has been fine in updating to 4.3 and soon 4.4. im not inpatient.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 17:06 2

4. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Carrier models - 12 Steps
Unlocked - 9 Steps
Play Ed - 8 Steps

Just 1 step difference takes about 2-3 months for the manufacturers.
And the 4!! steps difference takes the carriers a lifetime! Screw em (-L-)''

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 02:33

15. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Great one.. But these are EXCUSES...
I guess Samsung also goes through same hassles of releasing updates and they have quite a lot of devices out there which get updates. But it is doing it..
Even Galaxy S2 a 2.5 year old device(released with Android 2.3.6) was updated to Android 4.1.2.. Even Galaxy S Advance also was updated to 4.1.2 even though it is a cheap device. And there are many more which get updates..
On HTC only high end devices get updates (out of which Butterfly didnt get updates).. What non-sense..
If HTC put some effort in customer satisfaction rather than these infographics, it would rule better than Samsung..

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:40

18. ngo2dd (Posts: 780; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Please list all the Galaxy that will not be updated and see how long the list is. Beside the Galaxy S line Samsung do not update their phone just like HTC.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 08:47

19. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Dont juz argue for the sake of arguments.. Its true that HTC's after sale service is pathetic including providing updates..
Galaxy line has 10times more no. of devices compared to HTC line. Its 10times more difficult for Samsung to provide updates considering so many different devices & their variants. Still samsung does it. I have already given examples of S2 & S Advance which got updates. You cannot count even a single HTC device which was more than 2 yrs old & got the update.
FYI, samsung is planning to update several of its low end devices to update to android 4.4 kitkat.. HTC will never do that in a million years..
Im telling this out of experience coz I have held both HTC and Samsung high end devices at the same time for quite a long period of time (both devices for more than one year).
And FYI, which other line of devices you are talking about? Samsung has only Galaxy Line of devices on ANdroid..

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 08:53

20. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


samsung is planning to update several of its low end devices to update to android 4.4 kitkat.->http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_lowcost_phones_under_investigation_for_kitkat_update-news-7327.php

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 05:10

16. fireblade (Posts: 634; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


nice info

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:21

17. LikeMyself (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Clear info.Release HTC One+ with external sd and 3000mAh+ battery and with 4.4.2 and I'll buy it!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:45

22. networkdood (Posts: 6252; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, if you care a lot about getting updates as soon as possible then buy a Google Nexus product. If you do not like Nexus products, then go to XDA website - unlock your bootloader, if possible, and root phone - this will wipe your data, but then you can get a stock rom, deodexed, or odexed, or a custom ROM for your update. Choose a ROM that appears to have an active community where updates occur frequently.
Another phonearena article making a big deal about nothing....

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