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Google may take radical action to improve Android updates

Google is stepping up its efforts to persuade manufacturers to keep their Android devices up-to-date. As well as continuing to make it easier to roll out software updates, Google is planning to put pressure on the worst-performing manufacturers.

According to Bloomberg, Google is considering taking some quite radical action in order to attempt to increase the availability of Android updates. The search engine giant may go as far as publicly shaming manufacturers that do not keep devices up-to-date.

Google reportedly already maintains a list that effectively ranks the best- and worst-performing manufacturers when it comes to updates. Under consideration is the option to make this data available publicly.

Such a move would undoubtedly be controversial, as it would be seen by many as Google publicly rebuking manufacturers that it has partnered with.

[via Bloomberg]