As an Android user, though, the situation seems somewhat strange — because on Android, those types of improvements are the sorts of things we see year-round, independent of major OS releases. That’s because Google has pulled most of the system-app pieces out of the OS itself and put them into the Play Store, where they exist like any other app and are updated regularly on their own cycles.
It’s something Google’s been doing since 2010 (and extensively since about 2013), with the deconstruction of the operating system reaching a new pinnacle earlier this year. At this point, practically every piece of the Android experience that isn’t a core part of the actual foundational OS technically exists as a standalone app — one that’s updated frequently, universally, and outside of any formal OS releases… More at Computerworld.
A great read.