For some people, the adage, "If it's to be, it's up to me," is a way of life as well as a great philosophy. You can probably lump activist, Chris Soghoian, into that category. Many of us here across the Android community complain about how frustrating it is that the wireless carriers take too long to provide regular updates to the Android OS. Mr. Soghoian, who also happens to be the principal technologies and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, has chosen to actually do something about it. There's a new post over on Slashdot detailing his new campaign in which he "puts the wireless carriers on notice." Here's a quote with some additional detail,
It's great to see that someone with some clout is finally putting pressure on the carriers to get their act together. We will obviously be keeping an eye on this to see if any headway is made. Sound off with your point of view."Activist Chris Soghoian, who in the past has targeted zero-day brokers with his work, has turned his attention toward wireless carriers and their reluctance to provide regular device updates to Android mobile devices. The lack of updates leaves millions of Android users sometimes upwards of two revs behind in not only feature updates, but patches for security vulnerabilities. 'With Android, the situation is worse than a joke, it’s a crisis,' said Soghoian, principal technologies and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. 'With Android, you get updates when the carrier and hardware manufacturers want them to go out. Usually, that’s not often because the hardware vendor has thin [profit] margins. Whenever Google updates Android, engineers have to modify it for each phone, chip, radio card that relies on the OS. Hardware vendors must make a unique version for each device and they have scarce resources. Engineers are usually focused on the current version, and devices that are coming out in the next year.'"
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