Android’s come a long way over the past several years, and the problems we saw with fragmentation – how not all devices are running the same system software and consequently don’t share the same abilities – have really gotten a lot better. That’s far from saying that they’re a thing of the past, but improvements have been popping up all over the place: a heightened focus on services rather than Android updates has let Google introduce new features faster than ever before, and even the OEMs themselves seem to have gotten a lot better about delivering updates – or at least, they’re being a lot more candid about the process, and many are regularly informing users about ETAs.
More than once, we’ve talked to you about why Android take quite as long as they do to arrive, which companies are involved with the process, and why this has pushed some users towards Nexus or even these new Google Play Edition devices.
Now, however, HTC has done us one better and put together a really nice infographic to explain what’s going on in a easy-to-follow format. It’s a big one, so get your scroll wheel ready and start tracing down the path an update goes through for the type of handset of your choice: carrier edition, unlocked, or GPE. You’ll see which steps certain hardware gets to skip, and be able to check out all the potential road blocks that get in the way.