Samsung Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich LightIn the tech world, slow Android updates have become a fact of life. And it’s all Google’s fault, according to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. Speaking at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, Stephenson said, “Google kind of determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. Often times that’s a negotiated arrangement, and so that’s something we work at hard. We know that it’s important to our customers.”

But wait. Not so, says Google. In response to Stephenson’s comments, Google told 9to5Google that “frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to.” And the plot thickens. Frankly, this is turning into drama you’d find in a high school sitcom, not between company executives. I digress.

Google said it currently requires no negotiations before a handset is launched, and highlighted Android’s open source availability at

Back in February, a Motorola exec said that hardware is to blame for slow Android updates. This is getting complicated. It’s Google. No, the carriers. No, hardware. Whichever the case, I’m sure it makes little difference to the end user. Just get us Ice Cream Sandwich, end of story. Is that so much to ask?

[via The Verge]