Dec 03 AT 3:21 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

Google changes Nexus and Google Play edition update policy, but you shouldn’t panic


When it comes to updates, Nexus and Google Play edition devices are always expected to get the latest version of Android first. Though Google Play edition devices may be a bit behind Nexus devices, they are both supposed to be up to date within a few weeks of the latest version of Android being pushed out. But Google has changed the wording of the software update policy for both types of devices that might worry some.

More specifically, this line was added to both the Nexus and Google Play edition sections:

Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.Google

Considering that Nexus devices are supposed to be entirely separate from the carrier, this line does indeed sound a bit scary. But it’s most likely just to cover Google’s behind in case anything happens, like Verizon holding back the update for the Nexus 7 LTE (and people were mad about that).

From the Nexus 7 LTE debacle, it’s easy to see that carriers have some minor power over stopping updates going out to Nexus/GPe devices over an issue that they have found. It isn’t very likely, as past updates have gone through without trouble, but it’s possible. And because of that, it looks like Google wants to make sure people understand it’s a possibility. That way Google won’t get the blame for it.

In the end, this probably won’t change a thing. However, it’s good for people to know that there is a risk for your carrier to mess up an update schedule if it really wants to.

Via: Android Police

Source: Google Support

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Skis03

    Carriers ruin everything!!!

    • Gozor421

      And how would you explain that an lte version of the nexus 7 bought throw play store and having nothing to do with any carrier is not up to date ! You tell me Google. It has nothing to do with verizon bt only with Google or Why aren’t there any system image available !!!!!!!! (Note for the 4.4.4 version it was 4 monthes of delay comparing with the Wifi version so form 5.0 it will be available in April !

  • ggfb20

    i feel it’s a good thing, because it puts the pressure and blame where it belongs. Carries more than likely will work very hard to build a reputation of being the fastest with updates. It’s a marketing tactic.

    I’m not overly concerned because Android L keeps the core separate from bloat… And the bloat is not permanent which is also great.

  • Telstra customer

    Actually, in Australia Telstra (our largest carrier) have already blocked the Lollipop update *even* for devices that weren’t bought from them. Myself (and many others) have had to insert other SIM cards to get the update prompt –