AT&T Points Finger at Google for Delayed Android Updates, Prepares to Test Small Cells
May 10, 2012 7:52 AM
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
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 source.android.com 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.
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