Android software updates: Are you happy with your manufacturer?

Android software updates: Are you happy with your manufacturer?
If you are looking forward to getting the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update on your device, rest assured that you're in good company. According to the latest stats, published by no other than Google itself, Lollipop powers less than 0.1% of the world's Android population as of January 5th. That's a shockingly small share, and it underscores a serious issue with the platform – that of software versions fragmentation.

With the exception of a few Motorola and Nexus devices, most of us are still stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat or lower. That's a bit disappointing, as Lollipop is likely the single largest update to the OS in its history, so, naturally, everyone wants a piece of it. The size of the update, precisely, is likely what is causing delays over at manufacturers' software divisions, as they all need to re-make their proprietary interfaces in order to comply with the new Material Design guidelines. After that, your carrier needs to certify those new firmwares for use on its waves, and that's an equally time-consuming task. But it's not just about that – after all, some companies aren't as serious about swift updates as others.

So, with the above in mind, would you say that you're happy with your manufacturer and the time it requires to push a new update to your device?

Android software updates: Are you happy with your manufacturer?

HTC – :)
6.95%
HTC – :(
3.13%
Huawei – :)
0.25%
Huawei – :(
1.27%
Lenovo – :)
0.25%
Lenovo – :(
0.52%
LG – :)
8.19%
LG – :(
4.69%
Motorola – :)
8.94%
Motorola – :(
2.63%
Google – :)
7.67%
Google – :(
1.27%
Samsung – :)
11.39%
Samsung – :(
25.44%
Sony – :)
8.22%
Sony – :(
6.97%
Xiaomi – :)
0.97%
Xiaomi – :(
1.27%

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63 Comments

1. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Hopefully, Sony will keep their word of updating their older Xperia Z devices to Android 5.0

4. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

they will.Sony always updates a bit later than others but unlike some manufacturers we know they add a lot of new features

34. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yep, Sony has had USB audio since 4.0 ICS. Yet Google has only begun implementing in 5.0.

49. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

USB audio... do you mean connecting a phone to a speaker via the headphone jack?

53. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

It means it supports USB headphones and other audio devices.

62. sherkhan

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

FOr Hi-Res Audio , Some Headphones connect via the mini-usb port instead of the standard 3.5mmJack

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I can't wait for their Lollipop I'm like super excited! :)

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

off topic but does anyone have any latest news about xposed working on lollipop?

50. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

No clue, but thankfully I found many alternatives to my beloved xposed modules.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Very disappointed with my Samsung Galaxy Light from T-Mobile. KitKat was promised, yet never given. But the MetroPCS Galaxy Light came with KitKat as soon as it was released. WTMFF? Same phone, same company. I realize it's hardly a flagship, and thus not a priority, but this is some serious BS.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Then that's more T-Mobile's fault than Samsung's Anyway, none of the OEMs except for Moto update their budget phones Which is why most people recommend the Moto E or Moto G for budget phones

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

promised? really? do you have documents showing proof? or did a rep tell you...it should get updated, and you took that as proof that samsung will update the device...

51. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Some carriers are very slow to update their services to the device so everything grinds to a halt while they play minecraft, absently thinking of when they will do the update. I would suggest flashing unlocked official firmware to your device.

3. mitoita

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

samsung sucks in term of update their phones......i wait update for samsung note 4 since december....

52. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Note 3 (UK) has got Lollipop (a leaked version though, i'll admit, but very speedy and bugless, not what i expected from Touchwiz, but i'm not complaining.) just install a leaked OFFICIAL version, you will still receive updates to the next firmware.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So much trolling, I guarantee loads of people will :( samsung no matter what brand they use.

7. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Agreed. It's telling that Samsung had the most positive votes AND the most negative votes. Apple employees doing a good days work.

8. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

no idiot Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker so of course they're going to get the most votes lmao

21. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Agreed, too. iSheeps will hit Samsung :( for sure because they can't vote for Apple :).

59. justaguy

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

I voted Samsung :( as my s4 mini is still at jelly bean >:( Samsung just has a lot of models who hadn't got update

9. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Why did the questionairre include google in the choices? If google didn't succesfully make their users happy, what about the other manufacturers? LOL

39. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Google were pretty slow with nexus 5 actually, Moto X and G3 got it before it got in some regions.

43. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Google still don't update Nexus 7 3G (2012) to Lollipop. Still on 4.4.4. But Samsung will update S4 to Android 5, an almost 2 generation old flagship.

58. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

but the nexus 7 wifi got the updates, also the nexus 7 2nd gen wifi. Dunno why google was so late in pushing the updates for cellular tablets.

57. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Yeah, I admit it. I forget it. But I thought it wasn't supposed to be like that. I think google made mistakes since the Android manufacturers can get it first while the google itself didn't update their gadgets.

11. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I want an unlocked bootloader and root from the factory JUST LIKE MY PC! For $500-$700 I should be able to do whatever I want with my phone that I bought outright (off contract). The first update should NOT lock the bootloader, never to be unlocked that should be illegal. I'm looking at you Samsung!

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Still no android 5 for my HTC One M7...

42. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG the best right now! too good and fast in software updates.

13. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Some people will never be satisfied irrespective of what

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Screw Google. There are more things to do in my N7 when it's in 4.4.4 than in Lollipop. I'll consider returning to Lollipop when Xposed is fully supported.

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