Lets Fix The Update Dilemma For Android Devices

Posted on Dec 5 2012 - 5:18pm by Brad Ward

Lets just admit it right now, we all hate how slow updates take to get to Android phones. There’s not even a doubt about that. What if it didn’t have to be slow though? What if we could just get the update when Samsung or Google finished it? That could easily work, but it’d take a lot of work to get such an idea going simply because of how wide-spread Android is as a platform. I’ve had a few ideas on how to fix this problem. Obviously I’m not the go-to guy to fix all of the problems in the mobile world, but I definitely have an idea.

It’d work a tad like iTunes, except differently. First I thought that Google could make some sort of central update hub for Android where companies would be able to submit their finished firmware updates. To get those updates, a user would have to plug in their phone to the computer, search for their phone in a drop-down list or in a search box and apply the update like that. That would raise a problem though. What if someone selected the wrong phone and the firmware meant for a Motorola phone was updated on a Samsung phone? That would be serious trouble. I had another idea after that. What if the database of smartphones were all internal on Google’s side and the central update hub would just detect your model number and phone type. That way you could easily download the firmware with no issues whatsoever. Obviously Google would have to certify the firmware, but surely that wouldn’t take as long as AT&T or Verizon.

I’m not saying create iTunes all over again, just a piece of software for the desktop that would serve simply as a hub to update all kinds of devices.

A lot of consumers hate having to wait for AT&T or Verizon to add in all of their bloatware before pushing out the device. Not only that, but the verification process itself seems long and exaggerated. I almost think there needs to be some sort of central update hub to keep customers happy on all kinds of different carriers. Who really wants the AT&T Code Scanner when you can get one with a whole lot more quality from the Play Store? It almost seems to defeat the purpose of Android’s openness, but that’s for another article.

Since this is a reader discussion, what are your thoughts on a central update hub where Android users of all kinds would be able to update their phone right after a company submits the firmware to the hub? Do you have any ideas on how we can fix this dilemma with updating Android phones? Waiting nearly a (or was it two?) month(s) for AT&T to push out the Jelly Bean update after Sprint is ridiculous in my book. When Apple pushes an update, you connect it to iTunes, press the update button and boom! iOS 6 right on your iPhone! No carrier involvement needed.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

tags:

 Subscribe to our newsletter!

We respect your email privacy

About the Author

Residing in Eastern Michigan, Brad is a lover of all-things Android. Technology has always been a fascination for Brad, which has led to an interesting in writing. His first phone was the Motorola Atrix 2. He currently works at The Droid Guy and enjoys gaming, weightlifting, reading, creating ideas and watching start ups.