Android rollouts have never been like iOS updates.
They start slowly and chug on for months, thanks to the wide roster of devices that run on Google’s mobile platform.
That’s what was seemingly happening with Lollipop, Google’s latest version of its OS, which started cropping up on its Nexus range of devices earlier this week.
However, the rollout has hit the skids, after it was found that a Wi–Fi big was causing excessive battery drain for those who had installed the software.
This was especially embarrassing seeing as Lollipop’s major calling card had been its ability to boost battery life, a problem Nexus phones have been especially afflicted with in recent years.
While developer logs now show Google has fixed the problem, it simply cannot afford any more hiccups.
Now is the perfect time to show that Android is a more stable platform than Apple’s iOS and that it is capable of rolling out in a less fragmentary fashion than before.
The launch of iOS 8 has been a disaster for Apple, with endless glitches and almost half of users still holding out on updating.
Google will not want the same to happen to it.
So much is riding on Lollipop: it’s the version of Android which is supposed to once and for all bring an end to needless customisation, with the Material Design language aimed at impressing users and stopping manufacturers from slathering on their own bloatware.
By and large, it works, mostly because it looks and feels so much less clunky than previous iterations.
But any rollout issues will stymie that progress.
Users will not want a new OS that causes their phone to die within a matter of hours after charging and, as has been seen with iOS, will happily stick to older versions if it means greater stability.
That means more dreaded fragmentation for Google.
Google has at least seen to fixing the issue before continuing rollout, something that Apple didn’t bother with during the early stages of the iOS 8 farrago.
But any more problems are likely to see partners spend longer testing Lollipop, meaning access to the latest software could be held up for owners of phones from the likes of HTC, Sony and Samsung.
Lollipop promises to offer software every bit as good as its rivals.
However, if Google can’t get the battery life right from the get-go, then surely many users will be looking at those new iPhones and wondering whether it’s worth making the jump.
Here’s hoping any future niggles are sorted as quickly as this one.