Xiaomi executive explains why MediaTek devices get updates slower than Qualcomm devices

Android 12‘s stable version had come out last month and OEM’s are racing to run the update without any bugs on their smartphone offerings. But there have been concerns raised about devices powered by MediaTek chips getting updated to the Android version slower than their Snapdragon counterparts.

This has historically always been the case and will most likely continue to do so. While OEM’s are yet to arrive at a solution for this shortcoming, Xiaomi‘s Li Ming has now provided an explanation for it.

Li Ming says that Google typically gives Qualcomm and MediaTek the necessary code in advance to give them a headstart in prep for upcoming Android updates.

This saves a considerable amount of time as opposed to making the code available after a stable version of Android releases.

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However, this is where the differences between the two chip giants emerge. Qualcomm seemingly has a larger team which enables it to work in parallel and deliver all packages required for an update process at once.

MediaTek, on the other hand, delivers them in batches which is slower and results in some MediaTek platform phones getting placed in the second or third batch of updates.

Li Ming added by saying that upgrades on a batch basis are “also an inevitable choice.” While the main reason for going for them is lack of manpower, batch upgrades also save trouble in case of any issues.

This is because if any problem pops up in the code, it can be isolated to a certain batch and fixed accordingly without affecting a vast number of devices.

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