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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson  (Source:
Google responded to AT&T, saying that it doesn't have any agreements with AT&T that require a deal before the the launch of a handset

AT&T had a few choice words about Google concerning Android update delays at the Milken Institute's Global Conference 2012.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson addressed Android's slow pace when it comes to introducing updates for the mobile operating system. He ultimately blamed Google for the delays.

"It's an issue," said Stephenson. "Google kind of determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. Often times that's a negotiated arrangement, and so that's something we work at hard. We know that it's important to our customers."

Google responded to AT&T, saying that it doesn't have any agreements with AT&T that require a deal before the the launch of a handset. Rather, the latest release of Android becomes available at when the first device that carries it launches.

Google executives also mentioned that the delays are caused by operator approvals, basically meaning that carriers are to blame.

Earlier this week, Stephenson also picked on Apple's iPhone, which he said he loses sleep over because of early AT&T pricing models and new messaging services like iMessage.

In other AT&T-related news, the carrier will be testing small cells later this year and early next year in an effort to up its network coverage. It was announced earlier this year that Cisco would work on the cells with AT&T, which are expected to launch at a fraction of the cost of a traditional tower. The cells can also be deployed in many different and convenient environments.

It is currently unclear whether the type of hardware being tested is 3G, 4G, etc.

Sources: 9to5Google, Reuters

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Blatant Liar.
By dark matter on 5/10/2012 9:02:42 AM , Rating: 3
Is this guy deluded or what? Or does he really expect people to believe the shit he comes out with?

I have seen first hand how different carriers push out the updates for the same phone at different times. Probably because they want to stuff their shovel wear on top of the other shit that the likes of HTC and Samsung plough on top of Android.

RE: Blatant Liar.
By amanojaku on 5/10/2012 10:06:15 AM , Rating: 3
Of course people believe it. How else do you explain:

1) selling $300 smartphones for $600?
2) dictating the terms under which said device can be used by its "owner"? (little or no customization, irremovable apps, apps that cannot be installed outside of a "store", no unlocking, etc...)
3) forcing smartphone owners to purchase potentially unnecessary data plans?
4) promising unlimited data that's actually capped?

Thanks to this, I still have a feature phone; smartphones aren't worth it to me. I'm not familiar with cell phones in other countries, but the rest of the US has bought into the carriers' smartphone BS. That includes Android users: try putting a stock Android installation on your phone, then ask for support from the carrier. The answer is "no".

It's not Google's fault or the carriers' fault. It's the fault of consumers willing to take it up the @$$.

RE: Blatant Liar.
By Devenish on 5/10/2012 11:19:58 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree! Most people haven't figured their in a ponzi game with the telecoms and phone manufactures.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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