Cell software lifesycle upgrade article

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I came across an interesting article in  arstechnica.com  about  how the newest android versions get created and shipped out for uploading. 

I thought it might be interesting to the members as a whole as there are numerous  threads here on when is the latest Android update coming and why is my handset not getting the update yet even though some others have gotten it.


Referenced  in the article is a link from HTC that shows in a graphic form how at least one manufacture works to see if they are going to release the update to older cell phones.

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Good article.
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It is worth adding that the driver level issues the article mentions for the old Qualcomm chips is the exact same issue that the Samsung S6/Note 5 series ran into with Marshmallow except they were desperately working to get a functional release. A big part of the issue is Samsung devices up to the S6/Note 5 used special combinations of chips to meet the needs for the US market, specifically Verizon. Those special phones were also sold in Canada even though we didn't need a phone capable of CDMA like Verizon requires. With the S7/Note 7 Samsung is now limiting the release of those special chip combinations to the US market.