Google, Apple, the manufacturer, or your carrier…who should update your phone?

Updates of your phone can be a headache for many users, therefore, really many are confused about who is responsible for that your smartphone receives an update, and here I explain everything you need to know.

iPhone – Apple

Let’s start with Apple, as the manufacturer of Cupertino is one of the companies that best support updating, this is thanks to owning the software and hardware, so that it is easier to control the fragmentation of iOS, however, if you are facing a couple of problems.

The users that buy your iPhone directly in a App Store, or any store where the iPhone is released, or is not bound to work with a specific operator, all these phones will be updated directly by Apple.

In this case Apple is responsible for sending the update via OTA to all these devices, that is to say, the company from Cupertino is responsible for that you receive the relevant updates of iOS each time they are released.

In the case of equipment purchases directly with an operator such as Telcel, AT&T or Movistar, because these are the responsible for ridding the update via OTA, this is because they must prove that such an update does not adversely affect your network.

However, Apple states that the update should be launched on the same day that it is released officially for all other users, in this way, the operators receive prior to the update package so that they can do the relevant tests.

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Android – Google

In the case of Android, the situation is different, since here Google is not the only one who is involved in the update of the devices themselves, but also each manufacturer and phone carrier.

Google is in charge of work in the new version of Android, but the company will only directly update their devices, that is to say, the Google Pixel and Nexus, the latter only with the security patches per month up to the month of October.

With respect to the Pixel sold through a carrier, Google has a similar policy to that of Apple, and gives the update to operators for the launch, along with Google, though remember that both Apple and Google, the update is progressive.

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Now, users who have a phone that is not Pixel or Nexus, then each manufacturer is responsible for updating its devices in the market.

Let us remember that the manufacturers receive the beta of the new versions of Android so that they can go to work in can be docked to their devices and layers of customization, a situation that delayed the final version of Android depending on the manufacturer, and is less added have to add, the faster it should be launched on the update to the computers in the market.

But another fact that we must keep in mind is that the teams released or that were purchased directly with the brand, then these devices will be updated directly by the manufacturer, but purchases through the operator, or get with your rate plan, because then it is the operator in charge of launching the update.

These updates are the ones that normally take much longer to reach, since once the manufacturer gives the final version to the operator, it must do the network tests and subsequently released the update via OTA.

This whole process is what causes the fragmentation in Android has figures as high as troubling, and why Google gradually gives hints of wanting to launch a more closed system and controlled by the company from Mountain View.