With iOS updates, Apple basically decides when they want to release it, and when they do everyone can update it right there and then. This is versus Android where first we have to wait for Google to release the update, then wait for OEMs to get the update and tweak it for their phones, and then wait for carriers to approve it before releasing it.
Safe to say that the multiple steps in the process can lead to delays when receiving updates. Now if you are eyeing a Windows 10 mobile like the recently announced Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, you might be pleased to learn that Microsoft will be following in Apple’s footsteps and deciding when to release updates for their handsets.
According to the folks at WMPoweruser, they were given the following statement from Microsoft which reads, “Microsoft is working closely with mobile operators to leverage their testing and our flighting to meet and exceed current quality bars. We will use their input but will decide when to send the updates out based on input form [sic] Mobile Operators and our Windows Insiders.”
Basically what this means is that Microsoft will ultimately decide when updates will be released, although they will take carrier input into consideration, but whether or not this will ultimately affect the release will be entirely up to Microsoft to decide.