I think the frustrating part of all this is Rogers could end it with one quick post. Instead of saying coming soon, explain why it is delayed. The quickest path to frustration and speculation is not knowing what is going on. They could fix that so quickly but choose to keep their customer in the dark instead. "Coming Soon" means nothing!
I would understand the usual mambo jambo about updates and how long after most others we'll start getting them, i'm used to it by now. But what I don't understand is that T-Mobile's S6/S6 edge is 100% identical to ours in every way except for the T at the end which is replaced by W8 for us, started getting 5.1.1 in June. This proves that it's not a Samsung issue for our firmware getting delayed until September, it proves that it's always our carriers that make the upgrade process so painfully slow....other proof is that our scheduled release was in fact for June but for some reason it was pushed back 3 months.
I know Rogers recently made available SureTap on Telus and Bell, I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Anyways, I hope one day Google and/or Samsung start to regulate those danm carrier evaluations and start forcing them to push their updates through the playstore and not integrating directly in the firmware. Sometimes I wish a bit of that dictatorship mentality from Apple can make its way on Android.
I actually wish Google dictated the whole update process from start to finish, without interference from anyone.
Everyone gets the update same time as nexus would be sweet.
Google view though, about open-source is what makes this whole thing complicated. They won't step in... or at least that what it feels like.
I Agree but I also disagree. The fact that Google should have more control over updates, 100% with you. Same time as nexus? Pretty much impossible unless you want to lose a lot of ground breaking features. A lot of people don't like TouchWiz, but the fact is it's one of the most sophisticated android skins. They have integrated a lot of features in touchwiz that other OEMs and even Google have adopted in future releases. Good example of that is Multi-window, Picture in Picture multitasking, quicktoggle modification (put the quick toggles you want), kill all open apps, a file manager (how hard is this one, even today nexus devices don't have a stock file manager), powersaving modes, power button menus, and i'm sure i passed quite a few more. The fact is, is OEMs didnt have the liberty to mod, Android would not be as far as it is today.
I think it's reasonnable to leave 60 days to OEMs to skin a new release, by the 60th day, they have to have completed rollout. I'm sure with the hundreds of thousands employee samsung has, they can certainly manage 60 days to optimize touchwiz for new version. But the big problem is carriers. WHAT IN THA HECK ARE THEY DOING? Do iPhones need weeks if not month to be scrutenized by some communications tech every time a new iOS comes out? How hard is it to modify a stock rom and install some bloatware most people dont use anyways and fill in the APN section? Heck, even I can do it in 2-3 hours. Why are other carriers in europe or asia not doing this like they do in north america?
I think Google should crack down on them, give them some kind of way to update their bloatware though Play Store and as for the network settings, they can use a generic APN setting list that adapts to the sim card inserted. I really have such a hard time understanding what that certification process is exactly and why isn't used anywhere else but here?