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Android software updates: how happy are you with your manufacturer?

Android software updates: how happy are you with your manufacturer?
Not too long ago, we made purchase decisions based largely on price, hardware, and brand value when it came to phones. As the years have gone by, however, there's been a massive surge in the importance of software in the overall equation. This is especially valid with Android, the world's largest mobile OS by market share. A side effect of what is otherwise a win, however, is the increasingly nagging issue of manufacturers failing to keep up with the operating system's progress. Pretty much every handset maker spars with the problem eventually, which is also why most companies nowadays offer no more than two years of software updates -- it's just too costly for them to keep on supporting devices that are no longer on the shelves in stores, especially if their sheer number makes your head spin.

But some are better than others. For all the trashing that Samsung takes on a daily basis, no one can deny that the world's biggest smartphone producer has been on top of its game lately when it comes to software updates. On the other hand, rivals like HTC, LG, and Sony, are often on the receiving end of accusations by their very own backers. So what about you? Are you happy with how well your manufacturer has kept up with Android software updates? 

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Android software updates: how happy are you with your manufacturer?
24.39%
651 votes
(651 votes) Living the dream, I'm completely satisfied
41.33%
1103 votes
(1103 votes) Not great, but not bad either
34.28%
915 votes
(915 votes) Very unhappy! This is not what I signed up for

2669 votes

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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:26 17

1. GMS85 (Posts: 209; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Sony :(

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:36 14

6. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


Samsung :D

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:39 8

10. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Samsung :)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:52 2

12. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Why you're not satisfied with Sony?
I think they're job so far is satisfactory.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:47 2

55. chocowii (Posts: 453; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Their updates on the 2011 2012 lineup were kinda short. That line up has capable devices that can handle JB but they ditched it.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:06

78. romeo1 (Posts: 720; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


its not their fault cause the arc etc. got to ics but where sony ericssons. and the s etc. got to jb (im not sure about all) and qualcom ditched the s3 chipset and st ericsson chipsets didn't have enough ram if i remembered correctly

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:56 3

13. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Samsung samsung. :-D:-D

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:28 2

18. ScottSchneider (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Nexus & S3... S3 in 4.3 awaiting 4.4.2 by march...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:28

19. N3Z1droid (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Samsung :) (Good job) Sony :| (Kitkat still not show up)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:49

20. afegit (Posts: 45; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


HTC :(

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 08:18 3

53. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


HTC One unlocked is rocking 4.4.2 since 2 days ago. :-)

Better than my Maxx (4.4 only). Carriers seem to be the limiting factor.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:57

80. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Yes, particularly Verizon. I am tired of their BS with Android updates. I just wish it was handled like Apple. I have an iPhone 5 on Sprint for work and they don't give a crap what Verizon says, they push the update at the same time to every user/carrier.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 04:31 10

26. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I'm completely satisfied (Nexus 5)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:59 1

81. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


No kidding man, too bad it's not available on Verizon, otherwise I would have a Nexus. Probably going to jump ship to Sprint and get a Nexus 5 this summer when my family contract is up.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 21:05

84. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Me as well.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 04:42 1

28. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Sony :|

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:01 1

31. ScottSchneider (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Hahaha... XD, u can say "Sony :D :P :)" when PA poll for Mobile built quality or Waterproofing. I will post saying N4 & S3 :(

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:09 1

34. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Note 3 :), Nexus 7 :D

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:25

75. ePoch270 (Posts: 191; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


ihavenoname - Hey, ME TOO!!!!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:27 1

37. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG lover im Very much Happy!

late update , but no bugs!
ALWAYS PROVIDES THE PERFECT !

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:19 1

48. Edward_bly (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


I love my LG phone!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 05:27

38. RadKrish (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


LG :( :(

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 09:12

59. domfonusr (Posts: 386; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I am learning to like my used LG Viper that I was recently gifted. At least it got 4.0.4, rather than being stuck with Gingerbread, but I also wish it could have gotten 4.1.x, and had access to the advantage of Project Butter. After all, it does have a decent amount of RAM and a decent processor... I think it could have handled it. I thought about putting CyanogenMod on it instead, but I found out that I can't even root the thing without it having an error and having to be master-reset back to factory condition. So, I've had to settle for turning on forced GPU rendering in the developer options to get it a little more the way I wanted it to be.

So, not great, but not utterly terrible either. At least it has 4.0.4 on board, and not 2.3.x. For having gotten the thing for free, I can make do and not complain too much.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 07:05

46. lft4ded (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)


Yeah. I'm going to go with a frowny. Admittedly the Xperia X10 was underwhelming in the RAM dept but I sometimes regret getting rid of it and keeping the Xperia Play. I still game on it but the fact that it was deemed not appropriate for an update is still a downer.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:10

79. romeo1 (Posts: 720; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


i made the same step from the x10 to the play.
loved the play for gaming and they said ics would lower the gaming experience so i guess i would stay on gb but i still think they should've given the choice

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 09:22

62. Sheharyar13 (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


sony sp,hate u sony

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 09:49 1

65. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Nexus 5 :)

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:00

67. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Agreed! that's why I bought the unlocked Nexus 5 from Google Play

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:39

76. aksa123 (Posts: 332; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Nokia XD

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:57

77. romeo1 (Posts: 720; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


why? with every update you get extra stuff

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