If you’re going to point the finger and accuse another for your shortcomings, you better make sure it’s pointed in the right direction. And according to Google, AT&T’s CEO is clearly guilty of this. Here’s the story! When AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson, was asked about slow Android updates, he methodically blamed Google for the lack thereof. More specifically he states,
Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard. We know that’s important to our customers. That’s kind of an ambiguous answer because I can’t give you a direct answer in this setting.
Now of course Google is interested in protecting its’ credibility and integrity with Android, so pretty quickly a response was given, which most think is the more accurate picture.
Mr. Stephenson’s carefully worded quote caught our attention and frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to. Google does not have any agreements in place that require a negotiation before a handset launches. Google has always made the latest release of Android available as open source at source.android.com as soon as the first device based on it has launched. This way, we know the software runs error-free on hardware that has been accepted and approved by manufacturers, operators and regulatory agencies such as the FCC. We then release it to the world.
I don’t even think anything else is necessary. But hey, we could be wrong. What are your thoughts? Is AT&T’s CEO off base here? Is he, as another site points out, unaware of what is happening at his company? Let us know!