Android 12 has reached a stable state last month, and OEMs are racing to run updates on their smartphone products without errors. But some people worry that devices driven by MediaTek chips are updated to the Android version slower than their Snapdragon counterparts.
Historically, this has been the case, and it is likely to continue to do so. For this shortcoming, OEM manufacturers have not yet given a solution, but Xiaomi’s Li Ming has now given an explanation.
Li Ming said that Google usually provides the necessary code to Qualcomm and MediaTek in advance to prepare them for the upcoming Android update. This really saves a lot of time compared to providing the code after the stable version of Android is released.
However, this is exactly where the two chip giants differ. Qualcomm seems to have a larger team that allows it to work in parallel and deliver all the packages needed for the update process at once. On the other hand, MediaTek delivered in batches at a slower speed, causing some MTK platform phones to be placed in the second or third batch of updates.
He added that batch upgrades “are also an inevitable choice.” Although mainly due to lack of manpower, batch upgrades are also trouble-free. This is because if there is any problem in the code, it can be isolated to a batch and repaired accordingly without affecting a large number of devices.