T-Mobile Partners With Google, Android Updates For 18 Months

T-Mobile has partnered with Google in order to work toward a world where Android devices will receive platform updates for 18 months after a device launches. The only “catch” is that the hardware has to allow the update. I hope this doesn’t mean a phone can receive a 12 months update since it falls within that 18 month windows. This sounds great, but we’ll have to see a breakdown of the rules before we can say more.

Other partners include the big four carriers, Samsung, HTC, LG and more.

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  • Joeshmoe21

    I am sorry but this is terrible. You are signing a 24-month contract, which guarantees that you will not get updates for at least 6 last month of the contract term and this is IF you buy your device on the launch day.

    • Anonymous

      well a new update doesnt come every 6 months. :/

    • Anonymous

      well a new update doesnt come every 6 months. :/

      • Anonymous

        Yea also if you’re anything like me it’s time for a new phone once a year.

        • Mark

          Well, many of us only upgrade hardware when we’re about to go out-of-contract, rather than jogging on the new phone treadmill. But one thing to keep in mind is, there’s no guarantee that a given phone will support the version of Android that’s current 24, or even 18, months after its release. For the poster above who mentioned his CLIQ, the original CLIQ DID get its upgrade to v2.1, and the hardware is close to overwhelmed by it (Roxio has declared it an unsupported platform for Angry Birds, the speed is so bad). So, when discussing upgrades long after the original release of the phone, be careful what you wish for.

        • Anonymous

          Oh I understand a lot of people don’t like to do the upgrades the way I do. Also if I had not upgraded myself to the MT4G I’d still be on the MT3G which wouldn’t be able to a quarter of the stuff I do now. The cliq was even worse from what I heard and I can honestly say I probably won’t ever buy a Moto phone. I’m looking to get the Sensation on launch day and then possibly even the next Nexus device when that rolls around. I love T-Mo’s financing plan for phones :).

        • Anonymous

          yes, i get a new phone every year. last year was blackberry, this year is android, later on this year is windows phone. :)

  • James O

    So does this mean the G1 is getting “Ice Cream Sandwich”?
    No seriously though, it’d be nice if the hardware manufacturers ***COUGH** SAMSUNG **COUGH*** would be on board with this…

    • Anonymous

      *cough*samsung*cough* is doing very well when it comes to android updates.

  • James O

    So does this mean the G1 is getting “Ice Cream Sandwich”?
    No seriously though, it’d be nice if the hardware manufacturers ***COUGH** SAMSUNG **COUGH*** would be on board with this…

  • Anonymous

    I wish people would remember the days when software updates were a rarity, and more importantly, never promised. Quit complaining.

    • Hurlamania

      Well back then it was differant. Phones didn’t need updates and most couldn’t do it and if they did you had to take them in to do it. todays phones are developed with an evolving os. It isn’t a matter of complaining but if you have a device that can be updated to a newer os then there should be no issue. Apple and ms constantly update there os’s pc and phone. You buy xp if your pc supports it you can now be at sp3. Iphones can be at ios 5.
      The solution is make a more standard system among manufacturers so I update for all devices make the manufactures/providers additions separate.

  • Hurlamania

    The real question is what qualifies a an update. Is it from when google releases it? Or as many as they can make in 18 months? What about no mytouch left behind? That has no limit imposed. Or do they start making updates old phones can’t support on purpose. They will always be a loop hole…

  • Jakeslu

    … And in 10 months they gonna be AT&T (((

  • Anonymous

    I’d just like my G2x to receive the official Gingerbread update, SOON. The leak is very sluggish and buggy.

    • Pug_ster

      Errr sorry, LG is not one of the ‘certified’ partners.

      • Credit

        But the post says, “Other partners include the big four carriers, Samsung, HTC, LG and more.”

        ??????

      • CaliLove310

        Yes they are, Google themselves showed LG was on board during their keynote.

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Have to agree with you on that @EmceeGeek:disqus . I flashed back to my backup of the original 2.2 ROM cause I couldn’t stand that when I typed on the keyboard it took a year to catch up to what I had finished typing… But I still guarantee there will be an updated leak before the official firmware is launched. Or even a stable Cyanogen build…

  • http://twitter.com/scott27vigil Scott Vigil

    I thought this only meant the buyer is guaranteed a timely update for 18
    months, rather than receiving updates for only 18 months. Atleast that’s what I understood :/

  • Hurlamania

    I think you should not count on updates as I coined the phrase get a phone you want not a phone for what it might do. Something like that. But if a phone can be updated the providers and manufactures should provide them. It’s comes down to not updating so you have to buy a new phone to get new features, when in reality you wouldn’t have to.

    • Joeshmoe21

      That does notwork anymore since manufacturers are now releasing devices with half-baked OS (all of them, and Nokia moving to the same model): iPhone, WP7, Android. You do remember that neither iPhone, nor WP7 had a copy&paste on the launch date, not to mention multitasking, tethering, wi-fi calling. Buying the best phone worked well in the time of Motorola Razr, not today. Today you are buying into eco-system and upgrades are a part of it.

  • Izzybrexx

    I just want my gingerbread already!

  • Pug_ster

    Does that mean that I can get an update for my Motorola Cliq?

    • Anonymous

      LMAO @ Pug_ster

    • Alex

      ROFLCOPTER !

    • Mark

      Did you get the 2.1 update, or are you on a CLIQ XT? Or, did you want your phone to run even more slowly than it does on 2.1?

    • Havoktek

      Update that garbage back to tha’ store!

  • Anonymous

    The only thing I got from the update announcement was that whatever phone I buy from here on out WILL GET UPDATED!! Probably atleast TWO UPDATES passed what my phone came with.

    For those concerned about your phone being left behind because the update window is “ONLY” 18 months, take a look at phones like the G1 which can ACTUALLY run on FroYo and Gingerbread. That phone is what going on 3 years old and can still operate on TODAY’s OS. Look at the MyTouch 3G which came out with Cupcake 1.5 and now runs on 2.2 FroYo. The Behold CAN run 2.1 but they didn’t feel like putting it on there.

    Point is that chances are these dual core phones that are now coming out will more than likely be physically capable of 2 solid years of updates. The hardware specs have quadrupled but the difficult of the current OS being able to run on an older phone has not (Although there is a great deal more code involved now)

    Support for older phones stuck on 2.1 or less isn’t dropped due to it being a crappy slow old phone but because the carriers/manufacturers move on to “Bigger and better things”. NOW, they’ve agree’d not to do that.

  • Guest

    Keyword here. According to Google, new devices will receive the latest updates for 18
    months after their release — if the hardware allows. More to come.

  • Havoktek

    Roll tide Magenta roll tide!!!!
    Awesome time to be a long time customer. Haters welcome! AT&T what????!!
    Right now we’re having the time of our live with TMO!!

    • Anonymous

      TMO to Havoktek: “Shut up and pay me!!”

      • Havoktek

        I Pay ma’ bills son! Hell it’s just contributing to the save TMO fund! lol….”shut up and pay me” thats cute…

    • Nick Saban

      ROLL TIDE ON DAT TMOBILE

  • Nick

    I like this but I’d be more impressed if the carriers and manufacturers agreed to update phones within 3 months of the release of the new OS. What this statement says is that my phone will be upgraded but it doesn’t say when it will be upgraded (just within 18 months after launch). Why do I want 2.2 on a mytouch slide when 2.3 is already out?

  • Meagan

    When I buy a mobile I don’t expect to have it more than a year. If an update happens, it happens. With all the red tape in updates, I am not going to hold my breath. Same with any other electronic item I own. My BlueRay Player doesn’t get an update every month. My iTouch4 doesn’t get an update every month. I enjoy my mobile for what it is, and of course love any update that comes along. There are too many new mobiles out there that are faster/better, than hanging on to a ‘ol slug.

    If your 18+ months old Tmobile mobile is only running AT&T Edge(after merger), then isn’t it time to just buy a new faster mobile, instead of waiting for another Android update? A Tmobile mobile that is only capable of 2003 AT&T Edge will not be worth crying/whining over. After the AT&T merger occurs, I hope you upgrade your mobiles and not try to squeeze an extra day out of those Edge capable Tmobile mobiles, and keep that box of Kleenex nearby.

    • HTC4Eva

      Most everyone will not be stupid enough to stay around. Who the hell would want to go from the best carrier to the worst? At&t sucks. I’ve had them, and spent tons of money breaking away from them. Idgaf what anyone else says in their defense, I won’t spend a penny on their behalf.

    • michael

      You know the day the merger is finalized they can’t just “flip the switch” on tmo 3g. it’ll take a while. Probably 2 years from the day it happens, because they have to honor the tmo contracts signed a day before the merger…they agreed to 2 years at one rate and a working phone etc

  • Anonymous

    The question now is…..when will my GSlate receive the 3.1 update? Lol. Seriously though, its good to see tmo officially committing to updates

    • InAZ

      Seriously, when will my G-Slate get the 3.1 update. I really want to know.

  • The ATL guy

    Maybe if t mobile did all these good things they are doing recently say a year ago than maybe they wouldn’t be going under

  • Anonymous

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  • Jcj1969

    I believe what they mean about hardware accepting the update is system requirements and possible non-rooted devices. ATL guy, they are not going under ATT wants to absorb them so they don’t have to spend so much $$$ to build LTE network and since T-Mobile’s network kicks theirs butt they need to get it out as competitor. I for one hope the absorption fails, T-Mobile and its customers benefit better if it fails

  • http://www.facebook.com/phathom Peter Dudycz

    Which means Android phones will get only 1 update every 18 months! Whee!

  • Anonymous

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