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Which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Which carrier?

Which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Which carrier?
So which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Lock in your response. Ok, the answer is, with an average time of 4.8 months, HTC. In second place is Samsung. Thanks to the quick 4.5 months it took to start updating the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Korean manufacturer was able to improve its average time to 6.9 months. Motorola was third with an average of 8.6 months to update. Besides that average, Motorola has received low marks for failing to update models like the Motorola DROID 3, Motorola ATRIX 4G and Motorola PHOTON 4G. LG was last with an average 11.8 months to update.

The Samsung GALAXY Nexus updated in just 2.5 months

The Samsung GALAXY Nexus updated in just 2.5 months

Looking at the carriers, T-Mobile was the speediest with an average time of 5.8 months with Sprint coming in second with an average 6.5 months before update. Coming in third was AT&T which took an average of 7.8 months to update an Android model. And last, with an average of 8 months, is Verizon. Actually, that is no surprise as many of Big Red's customers have bitched about the slow updating at the nation's largest carrier. A case in point, look at the Samsung Galaxy S III's update to Android 4.1. Sprint was the first with the update in late October followed by T-Mobile which rolled out the update in mid November. In early December, AT&T subscribers had to pull the update out of Kies. Last Friday, Verizon started disseminating the update at last.

It's a no-brainer, but we should point out that if speedy updates are your thing, then the stock Android Nexus will always be the answer. On Sprint and Verizon, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus updated in only 2.5 months.

source: ArsTechnica via BGR



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posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:32 16

1. omar98 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


Nexus all the way!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:12 3

18. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


So LG technically makes a new phone approximately once a year?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:36 2

2. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Wow, looks like AT&T has done well on updates. Too bad they're still on 2G, though.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:40 10

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:16 6

19. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


(What from Papasmurf) Is wrong with u Cynipap999?!?!?!!!!!...

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:42 6

4. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Uhhh no they're not

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:59 5

11. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


That wasnt a very smart comment considering u can't update over 2g/edge, and AT&T usually has the fastest (LTE) speeds.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:43 4

13. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Are you dumb? AT&T is currently getting rid of their 2G network...

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:07

41. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


ummmm really

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:43 2

5. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


umm.. pic 6 isn't the optimus an LG phone?
Looks like AT&T and VZW are just about the same.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:48

6. roscuthiii (Posts: 1838; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Heh... I saw these numbers posted on a different site (sorry for cheating on you PA), yet with an entirely different slant. Amazing how any two people can take the same data and arrive at two entirely opposite implications.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:58 3

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I find PA to be one of the least biased sites.
I like the news that Gizmodo posts, but I can never agree with the writers (nor the commenters) opinions.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:49 1

7. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


where are the "new motorola" devices? atrix hd 5 months, razr m 1 month, razr hd 3 weaks. Phonearena's incomplete chart pisses me off

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:56 2

9. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Oh give PhoneArena some credit "Johnny", they're just upset and disoriented that they can't inject ipHone in there. But alas, I have, so all is well and merry.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:50

8. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I would actually say Asus and ZTE, Asus always updates really quickly and ZTE had the first non-nexus device up to 4.2, which was just a midrange phone.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:41 1

12. s1ebee (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Yeah... Have to agree. Asus are really swift with their updates. Even without the nexus 7, their light skin on android Is perfect for swift updates.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 19:42

21. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


But the quality of many updates are very very bad.
Bad kernel also.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:47 6

14. yowanvista (Posts: 306; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Why on earth would someone use a carrier locked device? C'mon not everyone is as dumb as the U.S

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:53 1

15. Sniggly (Posts: 7114; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So these actually go from the original release date of the phone, not when the update becomes available at all.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:08

16. wendygarett (unregistered)


Android used to have third update, what happened now? Smh

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:18 1

17. HTCOE (Posts: 484; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


Go NEXUS !

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 19:35

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NEXUS, SAMSUNG & SONY. Motorola HTC BOTH SUCKS at their updates.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 21:31 3

23. melvinwilson (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Considering the mobile ecosystem.,,.... Nokia is best in updating their
Devices.,,. They never forget their customers!!!''!

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 14:27

38. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Yeah! the same way they upgraded my X6 and N97 (high end phones at that time) to S^3 and the same way Lumia 900 ($700 phone) users are enjoying WP8 at the moment.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 19:42

39. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


nokia did drop the ball on the 808 though

phone came out this year and they have killed off any major updates by ending symbian

they slapped everyone that bought the 808 in the face. especially for the price of the phone

so they do forget there customers, especially loyal ones. they wanted to make the transition to wp8 so bad they dropped those who went for there big symbian hitter

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 21:52

24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Where's the Galaxy S3 for Sprint? You guys don't have anything about it. It was the first US variant to get updated to Android 4.1.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:02

25. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Besides the nexus, HTC only gave their phone one update unlike Samsung which is getting ready to give SII its second update which is Jelly Bean.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:08 2

26. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


Seems HTC should have gotten some poor marks for dropping support and never updating several devices. I have owned two HTC devices what went EOL after less than a year and never saw an update. Never again

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:16 1

27. Fuego84 (Posts: 282; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Bitched instead of complained. Lol

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:32 1

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Funny that on the chart for LG, there is no second update bar. Also, Alan's getting a bit vulgar with the Verizon customers. Lol

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:34

29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1551; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Asus is first roll updates if we add tablets in to the list...

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:50

30. Neto007 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


hey how about sony? my idol.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 23:59

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


bitched? hmmm lol

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 00:32

32. techloverNYC (Posts: 406; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


that is why I choose nexus 4, first one to get updates

one reason ppl stay away from andriod is because of the lack of updates. U never know when you will not receive the next major update........

A typical cellphone contract time frame in the US is 2 years. That means the cellphone should have the updates within the 2 years, if it failed to provide that you cant justify the high price tags.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 01:02 2

33. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


No Sony in the list.........!!!! Does this mean that Sony doesn't even update their smartphones..........???!!!!

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 02:51 2

34. ghanemsam (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


and as usual HTC in the first place

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:01 1

35. kanagadeepan (Posts: 685; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Reg operators, its SMALL ---> BIG, in order of giving better updates -- T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, BigRED

Wrt phone makers its order of Nexus phone makers:-
1. HTC (Nexus 1 maker)
2. Samsung (Second Nexus maker Nexus S)
3. Motorola (Third or HoneyComb Nexus [almost] maker remember XOOM)
4. LG (Fourth Nexus -- Nexus 4 maker)...

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:32 2

36. ronjr123 (Posts: 61; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


What was happened to view as one page option? For being a cell phone geek web site, why would you not understand that viewing articles like this on a CELL PHONE is best on one page? This has really taken away from the user experience of you site.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 13:55

37. snowgator (Posts: 3235; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I would be more interested in which manufacturer and carrier updates the most devices, as a % of those that they release.

Still, this is a nice feather in the cap of HTC which has taken some abuse in the last couple years. Also good to see Samsung up there. Just the pure volume of devices sold needing to be updated has to be a logistic challenge.

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 16:41

40. DevonJames (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


AT&T seems to do a lot of updates, which keeps them relevant while building its 4G LTE network. I've got the service here in Austin and it helps my graphics design work tremendously when it comes to sending large files quickly.

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