The fragmentation of the Android operating system is one of its biggest defects compared to its rival, iOS. This is because it ends up depriving users of Android smartphones, with two or less years in the market, to enjoy the news launched by Google.
Scenario applicable to virtually any Android manufacturer, with few exceptions like OnePlus and Nokia. Reality felt with particular gravity in Samsung smartphones given its extreme popularity and market dominance.
The reason advanced by a Samsung engineer
Through the platform Reddit, one of Samsung’s engineers commented on the theme of the updates. Something that continues to be a problem in the Android market and put the respective smartphones on an equal footing with Apple’s iPhone.
The fault and reason why most Android smartphones stop receiving updates after two years lies with the manufacturers of processors and semiconductors. In other words, the fault of fragmentation in the Android system is Qualcomm, MediaTek and others largely responsible for the components.
User comment / u / LTEX90, who at the time of publication was still using his Galaxy Note9, was posted as a response on Reddit to another user who was unhappy with Samsung. The reason? The lack of updates for smartphones.
The reason for the lack of updates according to Samsung
“I can comment and try to explain why the devices generally receive two major updates to the operating system.
It’s simply because of the processor and chipsets whose manufacturers stop writing and providing the code kernel and respective drivers, essential for us to implement them on our devices.
It is impractical for us to write our own kernels for all chips and components used in a device without incurring patent infringement.
If we had all the patents, of course we would. Even I would do it. I also have Note9 as a personal device, and I would hate to stop receiving new functions after two years “. So puts the Samsung engineer in the publication on Reddit.
Google tries to resolve this issue on Android
This is precisely why Google tried to implement several measures to compartmentalize the update process. Several ways to try to facilitate the process of updates and to circumvent the lack of elements that, the component manufacturers, stop creating and providing after an average of two years.
Among these initiatives we recall Project Treble, an implementation that separates controllers or drivers other operating system components. So, manufacturers simply update the system component, without touching the drivers.
The concept, although promising, produced little fruit, keeping the scarcity of updates after the two year mark. More recently, Google joined forces with Qualcomm to try to remedy this situation once again.
Among Android manufacturers, Samsung is one of the ones that has improved the most in terms of updates, but even so, there is much to improve, especially for cheaper smartphones.
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