posted at 21:50
Author: Emil Protalinski
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:21:54 +0000
Google quietly updates Android release policy for Nexus and Google Play devices to excuse carrier delays
Google has quietly updated its Android update policy for both Nexus and Google Play edition devices. For context, Nexus devices receive the latest Android release directly from Google while Google Play edition devices are managed by the device manufacturers, but Google still works closely with them to provide system updates in a timely manner. One of the biggest selling points of buying either type of device is that Android updates take only "Up to two weeks" to reach your device. In case you missed it, the sentence "Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update." has been added to both sections. It's worth emphasizing this won't stop you from downloading a given Android update directly from Google or your device's manufacturer, and installing it yourself on your device. What's the lesson here? Buy your Nexus or Google Play edition device from Google Play, not from a carrier. You may have to pay extra for shipping, but it's worth it as you're guaranteed not only an unlocked device, but one that gets Android software updates in two weeks or less. We have contacted Google for more information and will update this article if we hear back.

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