HTC likes the idea of pushing out monthly security updates to its smartphones and is committed to doing so. But, for all its efforts, HTC may think this is an unattainable goal.
Jason Mackeznie, president of HTC America, advised that HTC will push for them to happen, however, he relented that it could be “unrealistic” to hit the mark every time out.
Google announced earlier this year that it plans to issue monthly software updates for its Nexus line which are dedicated to security. Falling quickly on the heels of the first Stagefright exploit, Google was joined by other hardware makers (LG, Samsung) who pledged similar support.
As easy as it might be to point fingers at HTC, it’s likely Mackenzie is simply being realistic and honest. HTC will have to receive the update from Google and integrate it into its smartphones and then turn that over to the various wireless providers. Once approved then the update goes out.
Because it has had a tough go at things over the last few quarters, HTC has been forced to juggle things around. In other words, the company may not be operating quite as efficiently as we’d like them to be. And, since its sales are lower than those from others, it stands to reason that a carrier might not be as quick to push things through as it would for a player like Samsung.
How much impact this has on users likely varies from person to person. I wager to guess that while some folks will be up in arms over the news, others might not even know what sort of security updates are expected.