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? 

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

Living the dream, I'm completely satisfied
24.39%
Not great, but not bad either
41.33%
Very unhappy! This is not what I signed up for
34.28%

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85 Comments

1. GMS85

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Sony :(

6. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Samsung :D

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Samsung :)

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

55. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

78. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 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

13. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Samsung samsung. :-D:-D

18. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

19. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

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

20. afegit

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

HTC :(

53. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

80. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm completely satisfied (Nexus 5)

81. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

84. Nexus_bear

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Me as well.

28. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sony :|

31. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

34. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Note 3 :), Nexus 7 :D

75. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

ihavenoname - Hey, ME TOO!!!!

37. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG lover im Very much Happy! late update , but no bugs! ALWAYS PROVIDES THE PERFECT !

48. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I love my LG phone!

38. RadKrish

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

LG :( :(

59. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

46. lft4ded

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

79. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 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

62. Sheharyar13

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

sony sp,hate u sony

65. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Nexus 5 :)

67. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

76. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nokia XD

77. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

why? with every update you get extra stuff

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