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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson  (Source: turner.com)
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.

Sources: 9to5Google, Reuters



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RE: Update Coming When GSIV Gets Released?
By Pirks on 5/10/2012 2:27:49 PM , Rating: -1
Yes, the absence of the ICS update for a very recent crapdroid phone makes you a double standard loving anti-RIM troll. You gotta either stop trolling RIM for not supporting BB 10 on most recent versions of full touch screen Torch phone or you'll have to troll crapdroid for not supporting very recent SG2. Which way of wiggling out of this you'll choose, troll? :)


By retrospooty on 5/10/2012 6:55:40 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... OK, you pick one phone out of dozens that isn't out yet in the USA (its out in some regions) and you think you have a point. Really man, your tiring me with your mental issues. You are so far lost in this debate that your just grasping at anything you can to look less idiotic and failing at it.

I really don't care if RIM updates current phones or not. Honeslty I think anyone that bought a BB OS7 phone (update or not) is either forced to because of work, or totally uninformed. Either way its their loss not mine.

When BBOS10 comes out, either with RIM, or whatever company buys RIM I will give it a fair look, I may even buy it if it's pieces all fit.


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