August 14, 2022

Why does it take so long for my phone to receive Android updates?

Best answer: Android isn’t distributed by Google as a ready-made product. It needs to be built from the source code and the company that made your phone — and possibly the carrier you bought it from — have a hand in the entire update process. It might take a while before you ever see it.

Android is not what you think it is

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When you think of Android you probably think of the software that powers your phone. You’re both right and wrong and the whole thing can be very confusing.

Android is a brand more than anything else. It’s made up of devices that use the Android Open Source Project source code to build software that meets the requirements of the Android Compatibility Program. Those devices are then licensed to use the term Android by Google and are offered for sale.

Android is more of a brand than an actual product.