[tz] News article: Turkey’s plan to ignore daylight saving time has been foiled by smartphones

Paul_Koning at dell.com Paul_Koning at dell.com
Mon Nov 2 15:22:21 UTC 2015

> On Nov 1, 2015, at 3:51 PM, Ken Rylander <Ken.Rylander at digicelgroup.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Well, yes and no. As a software developer, who is comfortable in compiling timezone files for Android, you could probably make it work....

Ok.  I meant something different, though.  Given that you can do this as a developer, it follows that the vendors who distribute their various versions of Android could distribute updates that touch just the tz data, not the core OS.  They aren't forced to wait for a new core OS update from Google.

It's no different from, say, a patch release for a security fix.  In other words, the fact that some Android products aren't up to date as far as tzdata is concerned is a vendor choice, not an OS limitation.


>> A mapping between Android version and tzdata version would also be very handy, since there is no way to update the tzdata version, without upgrading Android version.
> Why not?  It's just files.  It may be that most vendors don't issue interim upgrades of the tzdata separate from the OS, but clearly they could if they wanted to.

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