Microsoft to control Windows 10 updates

Microsoft to control Windows 10 updates
One of the biggest complaints about Android when the "F" word (Fragmentation for you PhoneArena rookies) was bandied about was that carrier testing prevented a balanced approach from taking place with OS updates. Some carriers (we're looking at you, Verizon) became known for having an obsessive-compulsive nature when it came to green lighting a new build of Android. So the stock Android Nexus phones were built along with the Google Play edition handsets to allow those models to receive Android updates first, without having to wait for the carriers to give a thumbs up.

When it comes to the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile OS being released later this year by Microsoft, the latter will control the updates that send the latest updated version of the operating system to Windows Phone handsets. Currently, the carriers have the final word over Windows Phone 8.1 updates. According to ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesman has confessed that the software giant will be having the final say on when an update is ready to be disseminated. Microsoft's plan is for all Windows 10 Mobile updates to be sent out to all Windows Phone handsets at the same time. The carriers will get to test new builds, but most likely it will be earlier in the update process.

There is reason for Windows Phone fans to be skeptical. Years ago, Microsoft made all the right noise about controlling the update process for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1. But that never happened. Consider that the AT&T version of the Nokia Lumia 1020 has just received the Lumia Denim firmware update. And the carriers will still have the last word on the initial update from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile. It will be interesting to see how smoothly that update goes.

source: ZDNet



28. tokuzumi

Posts: 2021; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Now if only Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC would do the same thing.....

27. Said1995

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

I'm using a country variant of lumia 1520 unlocked how will it get updates after windows 10 is installed will it come from Microsoft directly as well or what. Can someone tell me plz

25. rambo6

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

All phones should be offered with a plethora of LTE bands and offered in an unlocked version that the carriers have no say in. In that way, one who wants a phone the manufacturer can push out the updates without any carrier meddling. I never buy phones from a carrier and always get the international unlocked model if possible. I am smart enough to know that a carrier subsidy really saves me nothing on the phone. I wish more US buyers would wake up. I am really looking forward to a higher end Windows phone - the Cityman or whatever they are going to call it.

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

good for them. I am seriously want to just ditch android because of how they handle updates. People with the same phone shouldn't receive the same update months apart from each other...

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Microsoft is really doing its best to make wp a great mobile os and this is yet another huge step in the right direction. I might just have to get a Microsoft flagship in 2016 as my new phone.

18. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Never a Windows again

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 23046; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is great news! I wish more OEM's would follow suit!

12. Zylam

Posts: 1825; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

When it happens, than we'll celebrate. Ms made the same promise about windows phone 7 when it launched, how it would handle updates directly, now all those years later we know the real story, my Lumia 1020 received amber just a few weeks ago, but a bunch of low end Lumia had it for 6 months.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

We shall see windows...we shall see. I would love it if true, I just know carriers and MS don't have the brightest of relations.

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Kudos to Microsoft for doing this... Now it's your turn Google..

15. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Its not really possible with Android because of its open source nature. OEMs like Samsung, HTC, LG, etc...modify it so much that an update put out by Google world likely break the phone. You can't put an AOSP kernel behind a TouchWIZ or Sense framework or vice versa. They really are different OSes, and it's always going to take time to update them once the AOSP source drops.

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Manufacturer's overlay is perfect... But carrier should not hold updates...

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Especially Samsung can do that.. They are in position to do that...

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Att go phone Lumia 520, updated to wp8.1 Cricket, selling the same phone, which is att for all intents, NEVER UPDATED, and according to MS's own web site, ever will. Why? And can't MS force them to?

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

This is so great. Wish it had been this way from the beginning.

4. rsiders

Posts: 2060; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Listen Microsoft, just give me my flagship on T-Mobile and I'm all in. I love where Windows Phone is headed.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I agree, at least we have the surface coming

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is a huge win. Many people just get Iphones for the fact that the carriers don't control updates, which they shouldn't in the first place.

3. rsiders

Posts: 2060; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This was my exact point. My Sony Xperia Z3 is still on Kit Kat after three months of supposed updates being pushed out to the device and there is no clear reason or explanation as to where the update status is now. And the same experience with getting updates on Lumia phones in the past. This is great news to me.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I has the notorious Lumia 810 and I didn't get updates after a year. I am on tech preview with amber. AMBER. Now I have an M8 with windows, which just got GDR2 on Verizon. God knows when it will get released on my M8 on T-Mo. And there really is no reason at all for it.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You should know better by now that only Apple is in the position to ask carrier to do things for them otherwise no iPhone stock allocation for them. Which western carrier can survive without iPhone?

26. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

What did I say in my original comment. People get iPhones just for that feature.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They need time to put in all the extra bloat.

1. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Microsoft: "You better update that lumia phone! Carriers: "Or what?" Microsoft: " We won't let you sell anymore of our phones!" Carriers: "We don't get many sells from your phones anyways!" Microsoft: "........."

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Microsoft: Then use other's tech, license is over.

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1486; Member since: Mar 28, 2013


21. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Cute trolled..

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