When it comes to the Android vs iOS debate, I’m sure most of us with a maturity level higher than a middle schooler can agree that both are excellent platforms that offer different experiences for different people. However, one of the undeniable advantages that iOS has over Android is the fact that, once an update is released, everyone will have the ability to download it within a short amount of time. The nature of Android, on the other hand, makes the update process infinitely longer, with many users never even getting newer updates. This is something that Google is looking to change, and it’s turning to Intel to do so.
It usually takes months for mobile devices to get Android updates, but Intel and Google want to slash the wait time. Tablets and smartphones made as part of a new Intel mobile-device development program will be able to receive new Android versions and features in two weeks via over-the-air upgrades. Intel’s program, called Reference Design for Android, provides a blueprint for device makers to build tablets, smartphones and phablets with a consistent set of components and system images. The hardware consistency will make updating Android in mobile devices much easier. The quick delivery of updates will keep mobile devices fresh and “always available with the latest capabilities in Android,” said Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager for the Software and Services Group at Intel. Intel and Google worked closely on fast delivery of updates to mobile devices as part of the program, Fisher said during a speech on Wednesday at the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China. It’s not possible for Google to deliver one version of Android to all mobile devices because of different hardware configurations. Mobile device makers typically modify Android to work with the chipset in their devices. As a result, Android development is heavily fragmented. This is the problem Intel is trying to resolve through its reference design program.