Can one install Android OS and then install necessary drivers just like in Windows PC

Can one install Android OS and then install necessary drivers just like in Windows PC

We all know that not all android phone runs the latest Android OS, this has been android’s major draw-back. Unlike PCs where all you have to do is download windows OS and install,  visit your PC manufacturer’s website for drivers and boom you are running the latest windows version.

A user was actually wondering if this method could work for Android OS, and so he threw the question on


Question asked:

   We are all aware of Android’s weakest point: Devices get updated to the latest version of Android months after it is released to AOSP, and in most cases they don’t get updated at all. The main source for this problem is the wide variety of devices that run the OS. But, Windows and Linux have the same wide range of hardware to support; yet, I don’t have to wait for HP to release a Windows update for my desktop PC. I just download Windows, install it, and then put in any drivers I need. 

Why can’t I do the same with Android. Wouldn’t this problem be solved if in Android you could install manufacturer drivers the same way you do on Windows or Linux.

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Answer received:

Because ARM drivers are handed entirely differently. – Ramhound May 23 ’14 at 23:25
Because device manufacturers seem to be against it, they do everything they can to prevent you from installing custom firmware or gaining root access on the device, so why would they openly provide drivers for the hardware in their phones ? – user256743 May 24 ’14 at 1:19
solving this problem would unleash a wave of malware and phone hacking like none ever seen. Attackers would be able to install undetectable malware that likely could persist even between system flashes. Additionally linux and android drivers must be written and built for the specific kernel revision they target, making it a nightmare for device manufacturers. Don’t think of android like you do a general purpose OS. they are very very very different animals. – Frank Thomas May 24 ’14 at 3:07
@FrankThomas Wouldn’t all of that also apply to general purpose operating systems? – AxiomaticNexusFeb 25 ’15 at 0:47
@YasmaniLlanes, in fact it does. Most Rootkits are kernel level phenomenon. That is why essentially all OSs require Root access to install drivers and kernel modules. The differance here however, is that PC driver installs are a necessary evil, since the hardware base is very diverse. With phones, since the hardware and software are under the OEMs control, and not user-servicable, they have the option to lock them out. Also note that most phone users do not have root access, to prevent the apps they use from having root. and finally note that many phone users are not terribly savvy. – Frank Thomas Feb 25 ’15 at 4:49
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