Good explanation of the process, but I think it gives too many of the involved parties a pass on their sluggish behavior. It seemingly asked the subjects, “How long do you usually take to do each of these steps?”, rather than “How can you make this faster?”
Dismissing Apple’s faster update speed with iOS as an “illusion” doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Apple has released four iOS updates to all still-supported devices in the last two months, with one bugfix update (6.1.1) appearing just nine days after the previous update. Apple has a much smaller pool of devices to test, but that can’t be the only thing they’re doing differently and the only way the Android ecosystem could improve this fairly severe problem.
A better explanation of Android’s slow update speed is buried in the article, but not given enough credence: Google doesn’t do everyone’s testing, so it’s left to the manufacturers and carriers, who just don’t give a shit about updating your year-old phone.
Consumers aren’t completely powerless, though. Almost every phone on the market today can be rooted.
The Android way: Our problems become your problems.