1. mpinco's Avatar
    Google taking OS and Security updates internal? If so, what is the value proposition for Blackberry Priv and other manufacturers?

    Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers analysts

    Google is on the verge of a takeover that will change the way Android development and updates are handled.

    This according to Richard Windsor, an analyst with Edison Investment Research, who believes the Mountain View ad giant is tiring of slow updates and will soon take control of firmware updates away from hardware vendors.

    Windsor said that the slow uptake of Android Marshmallow is getting in the way of Google's new product rollouts, such as Now on Tap. Seeking to improve uptake and use of its products, Windsor believes Google will assume responsibility for releasing firmware updates, a task currently left to handset makers and mobile carriers.

    "Google will end up taking complete control of Android by moving the entire OS into its services layer known as Google Mobile Services (GMS). This is the only way that Google can end the endemic fragmentation that continues to plague its devices as well as take back control of software distribution," Windsor said.

    "The net result is that a Google device will become much like an iOS or a Windows 10 device with absolutely no options for handset makers to make any changes."........

    I'm not surprised. If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

    Maybe the manufacturers will finally realize they made a bargain with the devil and will start competing.
    02-17-16 05:15 PM
  2. bhoqeem's Avatar
    Android is BORING. If Jolla could serve as an example, big companies should try to make their own OS. Polytron has begun to try this with their Fira OS.
    02-17-16 05:21 PM

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