HTC exec deems monthly Android security update guarantee ‘unrealistic’
For quite some time now, various HTC officials have taken pride in candidly communicating with the company’s fans (and detractors), mostly on Twitter, about both the good and bad of their software support policies.
Apparently, for better or worse, the transparency continues, as American division President Jason Mackenzie recently issued a series of short statements on the monthly security patch program Google plans to enforce for Nexus devices going forward.
Determined to not let a critical vulnerability such as Stagefright ever be left unresolved for long, the search giant and Android source code creator seeks unprecedented adherence to the frequent update project from third-party hardware manufacturers and software tinkerers.
Already, Samsung, LG and Motorola have joined the initiative, but in case you were waiting to add HTC’s name to the list, don’t. Wait any longer, that is, because according to Jason Mackenzie on Twitter, it’s “unrealistic for anyone to say guaranteed every month.”
Sounds like a dig at the Taiwanese OEMs aforementioned three rivals, and a way for HTC to protect its reputation from carrier sabotage. Yup, it’s the “evil”, lazy service operators that will often delay the rollout of important system stability improvements and UI makeovers, as regularly strengthening security on “unlocked and non-carrier skus” should be “easy.”
Still, HTC America’s head honcho didn’t 100 percent commit to monthly updates for products requiring no network certification either, which is bound to stir up a serious controversy, and inherent reluctance towards purchasing One-series or Desire handhelds with Marshmallow goodies in the pipeline.