The Random Nature Of Android Updates

We've talked before about the process of how Android updates actually reach your phone. A point update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Vodafone reminds us why getting updates can take longer than you expect.

Vodafone is rolling out the 4.04 point upgrade to its Galaxy Nexus customers from 1pm today, but not everyone will get it at once. Instead, the updates will be randomly staggered over the course of a week:

  • Day 1-2: Available to 0.1% of devices
  • Day 3: Available to 5% of devices
  • Day 4: Available to 20% of devices
  • Day 5: Available to 60% of devices
  • Day 6: Available to 100% of devices

That approach makes sense since it ensures that servers and networks aren't swamped with people instantly seeking to update their phone, and a week isn't a huge amount of time to wait. That said, it seems odd that the first three days get such a small proportion of the rollout. (It's already been network and manufacturer-tested, so there shouldn't be issues on that front.)



    When is Telstra going to release the 4.0.4. Bah Telstra you curse me with your better coverage but worse support.

    and that, my friends is why i root and install a stock firmware..

      I'd be a lot more comfortable about doing this if I had the stock Telstra image so I can return if needed. My stock Nexus does funny things occasionally (boot loops, won't turn on) and am worried there is a hardware issue (but of course it isn't replicatable).

      I had the stock Telstra image for my Galaxy S which came in handy!

    My 3G Motorola Xoom (Telstra) got it's 4.0.4 update (from 3.2) yesterday.

    Both my partner and I have a Telstra Galaxy Nexus and we've both had to return the phones for repair already. Mine wouldn't boot past the bootloader and my partners just refused to turn on at all. There are random times when my phone seems to "loose" the mobile network and the only way to get it back is a restart, but there's no warning so I can go a full day without realising I am missing calls and texts.

    I certainly hope that Telstra release the 4.0.4 for the Nexus soon, or we might just give up and buy different phones!

      Why not just do a Nandroid backup and store it in dropbox or something?

        That was meant to be a reply to Andrew. Don't know wtf happened

    My Galaxy Note got 4.0.3 the other day, (Vodafone)

    Yep, that was why I flashed the stock image! I bought a google phone to get quick updates not when Telstra decides to let them out

    And then you get Motorola Xoom - the Telstra 3g models have been updated to 4.0.4. Are the Optus 3G Xoom's getting updated? not any-time soon. And more strangely, Ditto for the Wi-Fi only Xoom

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