Google quietly alters Nexus software update policy to account for possible carrier delays

One of the most appealing aspects of owning a Nexus phone is that the updates arrive on your device a lot quicker than they do others, usually within a couple of weeks. Because these phones run the purest form of Android, you don’t have to wait for the update to be pushed to your phone by manufacturer or carrier. However, Google is now warning owners that timely updates may depend on your carrier.

Google’s Nexus page now states that though updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 come directly from Google, “Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.”

Google’s decision to change the wording of its policies could mean users are left to rely on your carrier update schedules (heaven forbid) to get their Android fix. However, if you have a Nexus device and typically get antsy for updates, Android Authority quite rightly points out that you probably know how to install the update yourself anyway. A little less convenient, yes, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

[source]Google[/source][via]Android Authority[/via]