I am guessing carriers need to adjust the software, but why isn't this negotiated by Android by default so that no modifications would be necessary? Why is there no equivalent of "carrier updates"?

  • Because for a carrier it is easier to update 2 or 3 iPhones types compared to 20-100 Android device types (only considering the most common types). Anyway Android has also "carrier updates" - a branded firmware allows the carrier to adapt the software as well. However only a few carrier world-wide really do so, they usually just add apps and themes or disable certain features. – Robert May 18 '18 at 18:40
  • Because the carrier needs iPhone more than it needs Android. Part of the deal with Android is that there's no one real bargaining unit for the overarching ecosystem. With iPhone, one company is solely responsible for the hardware and the software. – plttn May 18 '18 at 22:36

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.