Android updates got even worse this year: while Google unveils Android P, Android Oreo still has not arrived to Samsung and LG flagships
by Victor Hristov / Mar 08, 2018, 5:05 AM
It's now been 200 days since the official release of Android Oreo, but the major Android flagships in the United States - the Samsung Galaxy S8 series and LG's flagships - still have not received the Oreo update.
phone makers and it makes it evident that every year, it takes longer for updates to arrive. The only exception to that rule is Google as the company updates its phones very swiftly right after the release of a new Android version.In fact, graphs compiled by Android Intelligence show that the Android update situation has only worsened this year. The graph represents the time and scope of pushing new Android updates by major
Google has even gone the extra mile with Project Treble support to ensure that phone makers do not need to change their customer interfaces in order to roll out an Android update. Project Treble, however, is only supported on the newest Android 8 Oreo-based phones, while the majority of the phones that are to be updated to Oreo will not support Treble.
Samsung had kicked off the Galaxy S8 update, but suspended it and while the company says it is resuming updates now, the majority of US users still have not received the Oreo update. The LG G6 and the LG V30 are both scheduled for update, but while it is expected to come soon, it still has not arrived. HTC and Motorola have updated their latest flagships, but Motorola has failed to update its 2016 flagship yet, despite the promised 2 major software updates.
The take-away from all of this is that if you want to have the latest Android software, it seems that Google with its Pixel series remains the only viable option at the moment. Otherwise, you still need to wait long months until an update arrives.
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My Xperia XZ laughs in Oreo
posted on Mar 08, 2018, 5:11 AM 14
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Yes, a bit unfair that Sony is not mentioned at all. After Google they are the fastest.
posted on Mar 08, 2018, 5:23 AM 22
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i think the Oneplus is next, not sure. But still, the fact that Samsung and LG don't have the Oreo update is who's fault? Google? ahaha. they put their heavy interface over the OS and that takes some time with testing. get rid of it and it will be faster. at this point they're very established that even if they go full android stock, they won't lose market share.
posted on Mar 08, 2018, 12:27 PM 0
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Same history with security updates, even pixels struggling compared to iOS. I am happy user of android and iOS, so know both perfectly. Both of them have their strong and weak points but updates are the weakest point for android phones.
posted on Mar 08, 2018, 5:14 AM 8
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Samsung A8 2018 still stuck on 7.1 but more importantly security updates are at Dec 2017. Samsung really have a problem with their updates, maybe too many models of phones and not enough staff to work on the firmwares, more about the profits for them.
posted on Mar 08, 2018, 7:09 AM 4
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I don't get why device manufacturers are taking soo long to update devices. Once Google releases the first "preview" of the next version of Android, manufacturers should start working on building the update for their devices. Then as Google makes changes to the preview build, then manufacturers can make the necessary changes as well, all the way up to the "final" build being released.
posted on Mar 08, 2018, 11:08 AM 0
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I think the whole project Treble thing gave the OEMs some anxiety. Almost all chose not to implement the new partitioning, with the exception of Essential. I haven't been paying attention, but does the S9 support project treble?
posted on Mar 09, 2018, 8:20 AM 0
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