Simultaneous Android Updates for Multiple Devices a Work in Progress

by Istvan Fekete on June 10, 2014

The Android platform is fragmented, and Google is fully aware of the frustration it causes millions of users across the globe. But earlier last week something happened: Android 4.4.3 was released by Google, the third major upgrade KitKat has received since its October release.

Okay, the Android 4.4.3 update itself isn’t such a big release that it justifies a headline. The reason I am writing this is that the update was available immediately for multiple devices: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7s, the Nexus 10, the unlocked versions of Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, the Google Play editions of both the old and new HTC Ones, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Sony Z Ultra.

While some may think this isn’t that much of a big deal, because the Google Play editions of the Nexus devices are getting the updates in a very short time, they are being pushed out.

What’s worth paying attention to this time is the following: the zero time gap in making the update available for all the aforementioned devices. Not so long ago, there was a larger gap between the delivery of updates to Nexus devices, and Google Play and Moto devices.

For example, Android 4.4.2 rolled out to Nexus devices first, but not until a week later did it begin hitting Google Play devices, as noted by Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica.

In other words, the simultaneous rollout of Android 4.4.3 for the aforementioned devices is unprecedented, and it suggests a brighter future for Android updates. It may not have any connection to Android Silver, but we cannot exclude the rumoured program from the picture, as it is supposed to give Google a way of regaining control of its platform from the manufacturers and carriers.

And from this perspective, this surely looks like good practice for future update rollouts, especially if Android Silver is among the announcements Google is planning for later this month during the keynote at Google I/O.

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