Re: standard Google behaviour, only hearing the echoes
Google has a long and disgraceful history of simply ignoring contact from outsiders, it really shouldn't surprise anyone that even critical bug reports get little or no response. They seem to have passed Microsoft now in doing whatever they want without caring how or who it affects.
Hmm, I think I'd give them the benefit of the doubt here, for 2 reasons:
- it is abundantly clear that the current structure of Android makes it stupendously complex to create patches that reach back a few generations because that also involves 3rd parties such as phone providers for the modem code etc. My hope is thus that their patch will include a move towards a more layered model where there are not so many dependencies to address between the various parties.
- they botched one patch already, which at least means that they're working on it, but also that the problem is a more complex to fix than originally thought. I don't think we ever had a bug that affected so many devices at once (evil thought: it could be interesting to see if this could be memorialised in the Guinness Book of Records :) ), so I suspect they're quite aware of the seriousness of the matter. I rather have them do a decent job in a bit more time than go through another botch job as it'll be less disruptive for everyone.
That being said, if they don't deliver after that delay I suspect it will not be good news for Android.