The best and worst Android makers for software updates, or why Samsung isn't that bad

The Verizon, AT&T and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 have started receiving their Android 9 Pie update last month, exactly as Samsung promised. Granted, it's not Google's, Nokia, OnePlus or Motorola schedule, but Samsung is actually best with software updates among the top three Android makers.
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81 Comments

1. Elvis358

Posts: 203; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yeah Samsung is bad! The best are Pixel and Apple products. The bittersweet truth!

12. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

Pushing updates to fix what the last update broke only to break more stuff. Considering how bare bones those OS's they should not have as many issues as they do.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Exactly this

22. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

That's why I haven't updated my iPhone to the latest build, I'm stuck on iOS 12 until no antenna bugs or whatever crashes the phone. So, to Elvis358 It's true that Apple supports its older devices, but they also break current devices. So more updates ≠ better

28. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I still haven't updated my. Imac to mojave, stuck on a boot loop and had to use time Machine. To scared to update it again

42. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Oh, how sour are the grapes for some Android users...

64. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, they sure are upset that they've got the most powerful, flexible and functional mobile OS in the world.

67. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Than why are they always on Apple related articles or feel the need to bring Apple and talk s**t about it, if their precious os is so good?

70. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For the same reason Apple fans are always on Android and Samsung articles talking smack - people crave a good argument.

73. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That hardly happens.

72. slim3bdo

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Just like what are u doing in this article , talk about Hippocrates . ROFL

74. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I am both iOS and Android user ;).

17. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, the best at having to release update after update to fix the last update. Thank you Samsung for getting it right before pushing it out.

23. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

@Elvis358 so that's why pixel users keep having different problems with every update. Stock android got a bad name last year courtesy of google itself.

65. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sounds like Trump truth.

78. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

The real bitter-truth is that Pixel nowhere near Samsung's sales/capabilities with the fugly smartphone design with very little features! Better luck next time cos Samsung update time has improved a lot lately and their updates got little to no bugs! and Apple? please....their updates are to make your phone broken to force you to buy new so nothing to be excited about at all!

2. apmsequeira

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 27, 2018

When you sell flagship phones at a flagship prices, software updates must be a priority... Samsung doesn't care about this and is becoming less and less dominant in the Android world... I stopped using Samsung, mainly, because of this... Expect Android 9 to be in Samsung flagship's in January 2019, or later, can't be considered "not bad"... It's awful...

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bad part: Samsung is painfully slow with updates. Good part: They add nice features, and never break things, requiring a fix it update. Finished installing pie this morning, and man was it worth the wait. Totally new phone for the most part...absolutely loving it.

18. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

How's the gcam app on your note 9 dark? One UI is good, I say it is as smooth as xperias. To be fair with samsung, they always have security updates. I don't mind the "slow" software updates as long as they deliver it properly.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Honestly, I decided wait for the pie update before installing it. I wanted everything to be in sync. I'll definitely let you know though, thanx.

36. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Smooth. Enjoy your note 9 one ui and stay safe from that cold, peachboy err polar vortex.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO! Right on bro.

19. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Totally agree. Better late, but stable updates, than fast and buggy, yet featureless.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

yes sirrr

43. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How about fast and good?

45. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Haste makes waste. Good things take time.

51. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I heard different when some bitched about some phones missing what they said are essential features.

66. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That would be great. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. Anywhere.

68. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It doesn’t exist unless you’re using iOS ;).

71. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't exist period. Samsung takes a while, but puts out a bulletproof release. Apple spends the entire year putting out bug fixes that cause more bugs. Especially as they've made IOS more complex to compete with Android.
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