One of the biggest selling points of iPhones is that Apple maintains system support and updates much longer than Android-based manufacturers. In part it is by controlling the hardware and software ecosystem, in part by not having to navigate through thousands of options.
Google knows this is one of the biggest complaints consumers have, and has been trying to correct the fragmentation problem for a few years.
Google and Qualcomm team up to increase updates
The last step in this regard has been taken by the owner of Android in the hands of Qualcomm, the main manufacturer of mobile processors. From Snapdragon 888 announced a few days ago, mobiles that use future processors of the brand may have up to 4 years of updates.
Until now, the process of updating the processors was complex, as we see in the two upper examples. Each update required repeating the same steps as the previous one.
It is important to note that this agreement has been made so that Google and Qualcomm collaborate and it is easier for the processor manufacturer to update its chips. But there is a but, worth the redundancy.
In the end, it will be up to the manufacturers to decide whether they want to carry out these updates since mobile support for longer means less sales.
Some are doing things really well, as we discussed a few hours ago with the latest update of the Vivo Y70, but others not so much.
Despite everything, this is a step in the right direction, although it is one that we will see where it leads in a few years, when compatible Qualcomm processors, such as the 888, have been on the street for several years.
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