Although since the beginning of Android, there is the debate about whether or not the fragmentation is a problem, It is clear that the dispersion of the slow-moving new versions and versions is a fact.
As an example, we could say that Android Kit Kat, presented in October 2013 and replaced by Android Lolipop in October 2015 (although pre-lanzado in may 2015 as Android L developer) still is in one-third of the Android circulating on the world. The latest version of Android, Marshmallow, presented already six months ago, it is only 4.6% of the terminals. And surely almost all of them are new.
The faults of these slow updates have always been focused marks, which launch a terminal and then keep it: prefer to focus their efforts on new releases. But yesterday bq launched an accusation that may make us change your mind.
MediaTek and new versions of Android support
The first level of support of the versions of Android has to come by SoC manufacturers. The SoC is one of the keys to the terminal: has the processor, RAM memory, graphics card, and mobile communications. If the SoC does not support the new version of Android there is no way that the terminals that comprise it can update.
When launched Lolipop was a very curious thing. The releases that came after the presentation, especially for middle and low range, still bringing Kit Kat. And a pattern was always: all wore MediaTek chipset.
Already is then intuited that MediaTek threw some SoC very solvent and a set price but neglecting the updates. In fact there was some surprise when after the launch of Android 5.1 Mediatek took only two months in stand it on your MT6752 chipset.
However it seems that it was only a mirage. Yesterday bq announced, in an ad that honored them for telling things that normally do not themselves, it broke with MediaTek, that waiver to upgrade old terminals based on this manufacturer to Lollipop and they will compensate users because of the lack of support from the Taiwanese manufacturer to new versions.
Will it have implications for MediaTek?
What was an open secret now is official: the support of SoC manufacturers to new versions of Android is essential to upgrade the terminal and many times the SoC old or lower ranges do not receive the necessary support. Therefore many manufacturers of mobile leave their terminals stuck on old versions because they have no choice but.
The announcement of bq, may also have global repercussions for MediaTek. Although bq is a local manufacturer that is not comparable to other global brands it has some importance. They have terminals Android One (and therefore it is an important partner of Google) and is known around the world by launching Terminal and tablets with Ubuntu.
MediaTek must care from now your picture and let us hope that this at least serves to improve the support of SoC to newer versions of Android. And not only MediaTek, I am sure that this problem exists with other manufacturers when we leave the next generation of SoC. Can be one of the reasons why the middle and lower ranges receive so few updates.
Google, for its part, takes time trying that the lack of updates is not so important for users, but the novelties introduced by always are interesting. Perhaps that is the reason why you are thinking about designing their own SoC.