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Topic # 96230 22-Jan-2012 23:23 Send private message

This is a question mainly aimed at John but I thought others would be interested in the replies so yea

As the subject states, what do Android ROMs go through when they are certified by VF and others where the basic process is likely to be very similar?

Im asking this as to why it takes so long for official carrier updates. My thinking is that Samsung/HTC/whoever sends out the update both to global phones and to carriers so they can do their thing. This version would obviously already be well tested if it's bound to be the same version given to global phones.

So VF has their hands on a stock update, they perhaps add in their own apks for MyAccount and add a VF splash screen. To my understanding any half-baked developer could put this together fair quickly with testing on impacted parts of code within a week.

That can get sent off to Samsung/HTC for their certification and all going well it is being pushed out through Kies/HTC Sync and OTA within 2 weeks after being sent off from Vodafone.

I am obviously wrong somewhere since I am sure if I can think of it, someone else can. John if you are able to give us a run down of what actually goes down with device updates that would be much appreciated

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  Reply # 572434 23-Jan-2012 16:48 Send private message

Anyone?

Can an admin move this to the Android section?

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  Reply # 572445 23-Jan-2012 17:04 Send private message

They go thru basic testing! Nothing exciting at all and not worth writing about




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  Reply # 572451 23-Jan-2012 17:09 Send private message

johnr: They go thru basic testing! Nothing exciting at all and not worth writing about


Surely there is an some guy running add-bloatware.bat Tongue Out

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Reply # 572454 23-Jan-2012 17:17 Send private message

Ragnor:
johnr: They go thru basic testing! Nothing exciting at all and not worth writing about


Surely there is an some guy running add-bloatware.bat Tongue Out


Just looking for the .bat now and where do you live?






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  Reply # 572476 23-Jan-2012 18:04 Send private message

johnr: They go thru basic testing! Nothing exciting at all and not worth writing about


If its just basic testing then why does it take so long? O.o 

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  Reply # 572486 23-Jan-2012 18:45 Send private message

P1n3apqlExpr3ss:
johnr: They go thru basic testing! Nothing exciting at all and not worth writing about


If its just basic testing then why does it take so long? O.o 


I wondered this too. My old Samsung Galaxy 3 was running 2.1 but was held back from updating to 2.2 because Vodafone wouldn't authorise it or something even though its been released in quite a lot of other countries. Even India. Eventually put another ROM on there. It still hasn't come out and that was quite a few months ago. 





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  Reply # 572488 23-Jan-2012 18:49 Send private message

Basic testing probably includes testing for coverage in various locations, which is probably one of the most important things. New ROMs often mean new basebands and a new baseband can change how the phone works in terms of say for example switching from 3G down to 2G and things like that, i believe. This is probably the biggest difference between providers and why one providers ROM may not satisfy another providers needs, as networks vary.

Among other general device tests, this is entirely guessing here. I'm guessing Telecom didn't sell my HTC Desire A8183 as an available device, despite the fact Telstra Australia did, because its 3G signal capability seems inferior to what say the SGS or nokia e75 for example (personal anecdotal testing), and telstra has a 2G network as well with an entirely different coverage footprint to XT.

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  Reply # 572496 23-Jan-2012 19:01 Send private message

P1n3apqlExpr3ss:
johnr: They go thru basic testing! Nothing exciting at all and not worth writing about


If its just basic testing then why does it take so long? O.o?


one example SGII approved for 2.3.5 back in October 2011 still not in KIES

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