In a world where products radically change, usually for the better, their lives through software updates are more important than ever. They are the backbone of modern security, delivering important corrections so that hacker’s holes in a device over you, your actions and your personal data could then let know something else.
Google launches annual Android updates, called by a new name, such as Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat now, but it can take months, sometimes a year before the big hit third-party device updates. Some lay blame on chip makers, other manufacturers, networks or even Google.
Lockheimer acknowledges the problems: “We share the source code with chip makers like Qualcomm and MediaTek, but also manufacturers like Samsung and others before we publish Android, but it’s actually a pipe …
“If you’re in an operator-driven market like the US but also add your modifications so you add another layer in the pipeline development. We need to do things to make Android more modular to make things speed up”.
A layer that sits on the top of the Android operating system and offers all Google of smartphones – One of these efforts to extract some services that are specific to Google, which is often in what is known as update services Of Google Play been.
Lockheimer said: “Android is an operating system that is not tied to a company, the open source Android project do not know that Google exists, does not affect Google’s servers or something, and technologies to make all Google-specific In a thin layer. Put the top of Android “.
With Google Apps and Play services are updated independently of the Android operating system below, updates of computers that change the appearance and field, how Android works can be executed directly without having to go through different channels and without significantly altering the underlying system.
Values Updates have also become more modular, although Android system updates are still required. Here is the progress of major manufacturers such as Samsung, Google and others have committed to keep up with the monthly security update releases has been the Android team.
Even full Android updates are provided by the user, according to Lockheimer. Another Google operating system, Chrome OS, which runs on laptops and desktop as a full Linux-based version of the company’s Chrome browser has made seamless changes for years. Now, the latest version of Android 7 Nougat (N) uses the same technology.
Lockheimer explained: “Android N makes the operating system is updated the same way as Chrome OS, in the background, so the user does not know that reboots only and boom that the new version is literally the same technology that is used On … Chrome OS “.
There has been much talk in recent years about the slow merger of Chrome OS and Android, with speculation that Google will finally get rid of Chrome OS for Android and run a desktop version of Android. The Android introduction of the Google Play Store on Chromebooks did nothing to quell rumors about the merger this year.
Lockheimer said: “We are not interested in being part of the Android and Chrome OS source code, but what we are doing is bringing together the best of both systems an area in ChromeOS was missing the application support, he happens to have this great ecosystem. Google play for Android, why do not stick to Chrome OS?
“So it’s not really a merger anymore by taking the best elements of both and cross-pollination.”
Google can replace Huawei demand in the market?
Android’s future is unclear. Experiment with Pixel Google has changed the landscape, as it is best for everyone or only for Google is still seen. Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market, selling more smartphones than anyone else, but the race for the third largest manufacturer of smartphones is on. Huawei takes that place, according to the latest data from analysts – Google may replace the pixel, and how everyone would feel about the maker of Android to compete with them?
Pei is optimistic: “It is fair play If Google makes a product that everyone loves and remember, get number three, but when we do, we’ll get the place behind Samsung and Apple …”