Which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Which carrier?
0. phoneArena posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:28
With an average time of 4.8 months, HTC was the fastest to update its Android devices while the slowest of the major manufacturers was LG with an average of 11.8 months to update; of the major U.S. carriers, the fastest was T-Mobile while as you might have expected, Verizon brings up the rear when it comes to updating its Android models...
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18. Nadr1212 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:12 3
So LG technically makes a new phone approximately once a year?
2. Cynipap999 (banned) posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:36 2
Wow, looks like AT&T has done well on updates. Too bad they're still on 2G, though.
19. Nadr1212 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 18:16 6
(What from Papasmurf) Is wrong with u Cynipap999?!?!?!!!!!...
11. sithvenger (banned) posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:59 5
That wasnt a very smart comment considering u can't update over 2g/edge, and AT&T usually has the fastest (LTE) speeds.
13. thephoneguy92 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:43 4
Are you dumb? AT&T is currently getting rid of their 2G network...
5. nnaatthhaannx2 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:43 2
umm.. pic 6 isn't the optimus an LG phone?
Looks like AT&T and VZW are just about the same.
6. roscuthiii posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:48 0
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.
10. nnaatthhaannx2 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:58 3
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.
7. johnnh posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:49 1
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
9. Cynipap999 (banned) posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:56 2
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.
8. ncv144 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 15:50 0
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.
12. s1ebee posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:41 1
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.
21. hung2900 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 19:42 0
But the quality of many updates are very very bad.
Bad kernel also.
14. yowanvista posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:47 6
Why on earth would someone use a carrier locked device? C'mon not everyone is as dumb as the U.S
15. Sniggly posted on 21 Dec 2012, 16:53 1
So these actually go from the original release date of the phone, not when the update becomes available at all.
16. wendygarett posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:08 0
Android used to have third update, what happened now? Smh
20. InspectorGadget80 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 19:35 0
NEXUS, SAMSUNG & SONY. Motorola HTC BOTH SUCKS at their updates.
23. melvinwilson posted on 21 Dec 2012, 21:31 3
Considering the mobile ecosystem.,,.... Nokia is best in updating their
Devices.,,. They never forget their customers!!!''!
38. Martine posted on 22 Dec 2012, 14:27 0
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.
39. chaoticrazor posted on 23 Dec 2012, 19:42 0
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
24. skymitch89 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 21:52 0
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.
25. AliNSiddiqui posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:02 0
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.
26. DigitalMD posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:08 2
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
28. Berzerk000 posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:32 1
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
29. shuaibhere posted on 21 Dec 2012, 22:34 0
Asus is first roll updates if we add tablets in to the list...
32. techloverNYC posted on 22 Dec 2012, 00:32 0
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.
33. jibraihimi posted on 22 Dec 2012, 01:02 2
No Sony in the list.........!!!! Does this mean that Sony doesn't even update their smartphones..........???!!!!
35. kanagadeepan posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:01 1
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)...
36. ronjr123 posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:32 2
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.
37. snowgator posted on 22 Dec 2012, 13:55 0
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.
40. DevonJames posted on 30 Dec 2012, 16:41 0
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.