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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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RE: Update Coming When GSIV Gets Released?
By Solandri on 5/10/2012 5:33:02 PM , Rating: 5
Don't know why the US galaxy S2's use different hardware seems quite stupid but most of the other countries have ICS updates already including poorer countries like south africa {I've got lots of family there}.

My guess is because all the U.S. carriers insist on a high degree of customization which gives them more control over the handset. If they used vanilla Android, there'd be a few weeks delay as the handset manufacturer updates the drivers.

If the handset manufacturer adds its own flourishes to Android (e.g. Touchwiz), then that adds probably 3-6 months of adaptation and testing. And if the carrier insists on other changes on top of that (like that CarrierIQ stuff), that adds probably another 3-6 months.

The folks at CyanogenMod got ICS versions for most older phones out within a couple weeks of ICS source code going public. This despite having to hack their own drivers. Obviously it's not tested as thoroughly because it's being done by volunteers and because of the smaller number of "customers". But that's the kind of turnaround you could expect if the manufacturers and carriers didn't insist on customizing Android so much. It's rather silly to blame Google for the delay when a bunch of hackers taking Google's code have been way more productive than the carriers and manufacturers.

By matty123 on 5/10/2012 6:21:43 PM , Rating: 2
I agree completely with what you saying I just find it weird that the US carriers wouldn't take the stock galaxy S2, ecspecially considering the galaxy S2 only got to the states about 6 months after the rest of the world.

I was running CM9 on my galaxy S2 but I got the lock screen bug so I switched back to MIUI {2.3.7}, to be honest I am still perfectly happy on gingerbread and don't really see the need to upgrade to ICS yet.

The real problem is the circle jerk, the carriers blame the manufactures, the manufactures blame the carriers and then some carriers {AT&T} blame google it's quite absurd.

Hopefully google's takeover of motorola will usher in a new age of speedy and effortless android updates, having moved to android from an iphone I can't say it's as big a problem as certain apple fans make it out to be but it is one of my biggest gripes with the platform, however that said I also hope that if manufacturers get serious we don't see fan projects like CyanogenMod, MIUI and such dissapear because I love being able to flash different Roms to my phone, the first time I flashed MIUI to my phone it was almost like getting a brand new phone to play with.

By jimbojimbo on 5/10/2012 11:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Verizon won't update any phones until they can make sure that all their bloatware, TONS of bloat, can work after the update and that people are unable to uninstall them. I mostly blame Verizon for my phone not having an update yet.

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