Have you ever wondered how smartphone makers systematically roll out new versions of Android into their existing devices? In an effort to enlighten its customers (instead of just announcing upgrade availability and statuses), HTC has a detailed infographic explaining how everything is done.
Releasing an Android update is broken into five stages: evaluation, development, integration, certification, and push to customer. HTC also has to classify its products in one of three types: carrier devices, unlocked/developer edition devices, and Google Play edition devices.
As you’ll see in the infographic, which is located at the HTC Software Updates page (see source link), it’s the carrier devices that goes through several sub-stages so as to guarantee an optimal implementation of updates. Because of fewer restrictions, the other product types skip certain phases and are able to roll out updates faster.
So, while waiting for your HTC device to receive a new Android OS, take some time to know how it’s really done.