One of the best things about owning an iPhone is knowing that Apple fully controls all of their updates. Their biggest iOS updates get released on the same day at the same time for all carriers as well as their smaller patches and bug fixes.
Microsoft has never had that luxury, with each and every single carrier taking their own sweet time on when users can get Windows Phone 8.1 or even the basic GDR updates.
That may not seem like a big deal to some, but that’s actually one of the biggest reasons for the failure of the Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon. It was one of the last devices to receive the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which is why a lot of stores started pulling the device once the HTC One (M8) hit the market with 8.1 built in, while other Lumia devices got the update over-the-air.
Now, Microsoft is claiming to have a little more control moving forward with Windows 10, releasing the following quote:
If your phone is running Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft says, it will get all updates, with Microsoft making the final call on when to push the update button.”
“That doesn’t mean the carriers are completely out of the loop. The Windows Insider program will continue after the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, which means anyone who registers with the Insider program can get early access to updates with new features. The carriers will be part of that testing program, I’m told, probably getting access to builds at the same time as Microsoft’s Elite Dogfood group and their input will help Microsoft decide when an update is ready to go out to all devices.”
“But those updates will be delivered simultaneously, to all devices on all carriers, meaning much less opportunity for fragmentation.
That sounds great and all, but that’s still sounding like only members of the Insider program will get quicker updates, which means bugs galore.
I sure hope Microsoft is actually taking control of official updates, because nothing sucks more than to see your AT&T friends rock the latest update while your much-newer Verizon phone is stuck in the mud.
One other sucky factor is the jump from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10. Carriers will still control that, which could mean anywhere from 2 months to an entire year waiting for the update.
Source : ZDNet