update on fixing updates?

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We had an extensive conversation last April on fixing updates and a
lot of bugs were filed and work was done. In light of v3, I'd like to
re-open the discussion on this and see where we are.

Last year the conversation seemed to be centered around:

* Making it easier to change the update channels (Developer menu now
has this).
* How to deal with vendor incentives while still providing options for
users wishing to continue to use their devices.
* Moving certified apps to privileged status by reworking the Settings
API (which was completed AFAICT) so that we could update more of the
default apps.

I re-read the old thread and bugs and had a few questions/thoughts.

Has anybody reached out to our partners and taken a survey of the ways
they modify our code for their devices? If there are patterns (e.g.
they all disable feature X) then maybe we should consider abstracting
away that part and make it super easy for them to provide their own
implementations. An abstraction opens the possibility of swapping
their implementation with another implementation at a later date--like
after the vendor has dropped support.

What I'm getting at, is maybe there is a third option with vendors
where we negotiate a "sunset clause" situation. The partners provide
us with a signed app that "unlocks" their phones before they ship.
They lock their phone down and ship. Then when the partner officially
drops support (or otherwise authorizes us), we'll release the unlock
app via FOTA update or through the marketplace. It would replace the
swappable piece with the stock one and allow the user to change their
update channel to whatever they want. This attempts to balance the
partner's financial interests with the long-term interests of users.
Plus it makes FxOS easier to customize by the vendors.

- --dave
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On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3:00:16 PM UTC-4, Dave Huseby wrote:
> What I'm getting at, is maybe there is a third option with vendors
> where we negotiate a "sunset clause" situation. The partners provide
> us with a signed app that "unlocks" their phones before they ship.
> They lock their phone down and ship. Then when the partner officially
> drops support (or otherwise authorizes us), we'll release the unlock
> app via FOTA update or through the marketplace.

+1, this sounds like a neat idea to me.
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3/24/2015 7:14:16 PM
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