Originally Posted by dasanman69
The Verizon Moto X got 4.4.4 a month after release, the other carrier versions 2-3 weeks later. Not perfect but light years better than other devices
Exactly. Some manufacturers are on the ball with updates. And we should applaud them.
But we spend a little too much time talking about the big manufacturers (Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, etc) and their popular phones.
As it turns out... "Android" is made up of much more than just those handful of manufacturers. Remember how big that "Others
" category is?
So when there are reports of "Android" being spread across 5 or 6 different versions... it's the fault of all those other manufacturers who never provide an update.
And there's really nothing Google can do about that. The genie is out of the bottle... with 50 manufacturers making "Android" phones with no requirement to stay up-to-date.
There are tons of phones being sold today with NOT the current version of Android. And they will likely never get an update either.
I have a feeling that "Android" will always resemble the hodgepodge of versions in the pie chart below:
So... does it really matter?
If I understand correctly... Google Play Services can provide all the new APIs featured in the latest version of Android even if you're stuck using an "old" version of Android. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)
Are security updates handled the same way? How important are X.X.X
releases? I honestly don't know.
There will always be a substantial amount of Android devices (over a billion?) which DON'T have the current version of Android and never will.
I'm just not sure of the severity of that.