When you can’t handle the pressure, deflect it to someone else. That’s what AT&T seems to be thinking. The second largest US carrier’s CEO today said that the delays in releasing Android updates to devices is because of Google, and not AT&T. I’ll quote the CEO directly –
It’s an issue. 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 has denied it bluntly.
The Google philosophy here is clear – whenever the first device running the latest version of Android is launched, Google releases the code, over at source.android.com. Since the Nexus One, it has been the Nexus devices, along with which, the source of the newest Android version (the one that the Nexus device is launched with) is uploaded at the said site. What AT&T here is trying to do is completely unbelievable, and hopefully, no one’s going to fall for it.
Oh. Talking about Android and Open Source, HTC One X on AT&T, it comes with a locked bootloader, and HTC is being prevented by AT&T from unlocking it.
One word – hypocrites.