Google wants phone makers to keep devices up-to-date

Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system has been around for quite a while now, but at the moment, only 1.8 percent of Android-based devices run it, with a fifth of devices still using Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is more than three years old.

The Mountain View-based company isn't very happy with how manufacturers are rolling out the updates, as users are missing out on all the new features that the fresh Android versions have to offer. Unfortunately a series of technical hurdles and unprofitably have caused companies to not push these updates, and are instead relying on new device launches to make the new operating system available to users.

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It is currently rumored that Google is planning to force Samsung, HTC and many other phone makers to have their phones constantly updated, via implementing an expiry date on every new version of Android that is released. What this means is that when the expiry date is reached, any new device that comes out of the shelves will have to have the latest version of Android installed.

Failure to cooperate in this case would mean that access a variety of Google services such as Maps, Now and more will be locked down until the devices are upgraded to the new version.