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This is why it takes so long for Android phones to get software updates

Android Software Update

There are ups and downs that come along with every mobile operating system and as any Android smartphone owner with a device purchased through a carrier will attest to, waiting for an Android software update to finally be released for your phone is among the biggest downsides to the platform. Some bloggers like to point out how much faster Apple’s iOS updates proliferate compared to Android updates, but of course the Android model is an entirely different beast and comparing the two platforms directly is silly. Just how complicated is the process of releasing an operating system update for an Android phone? HTC recently posted a great infographic that looks to answer that very question, and the graphic can be seen below in its entirety.

(Spoiler: It’s very, very complicated.)

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.