This makes me angry - Pixel is becoming the first class citizen and it is wrong

The Pixel will ship with 7.1 in a few weeks. Yeh! New Android version, lets head over to AOSP to see the source so devs and partners can start building towards it.... oh wait a minute...

7.1 is coming towards the end of the year to Nexus devices as a Dev preview. I am not so concern about the Dev preview but the fact that 7.1 is stable, it is on the Pixel so why is it not in AOSP.

Is it me or is this wrong. Whenever a new version came out it was put on AOSP within a few weeks or a month tops. As we probably have 2 or 3 rounds of the dev preview it will be around Feb when we will get official 7.1 on AOSP for partners like Samsung, HTC to start building towards. This is such an unfair advantage to the Google Hardware team. So much for a firewall...

Anyway I think this is a dangerous precedent we are heading towards. All OEMs and Partners should be on a level playing field, but Google just gave themselves a 6 month head start. (or Pixel 7.1 is just a beta software which is shipping on a very expensive premium device)

http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/10/04/android-7-1-coming-current-nexus-devices-pixel-c-will-land-end-2016-dev-preview/
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