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

75. Leo_MC

Posts: 6715; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You mean like the updates that broke the camera on Note, or maybe the updates that made BT, or WiFi to disconnect? They sure are “bulletproof”... Btw, did Samsung fixed its phones camera issues (4-5 month after it was reported)? I see the grapes are sour for you too...

63. ahmadkun

Posts: 538; Member since: May 02, 2016

Good can't be fast Fast can't be good

29. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I dont get the hate for samsung software updates. I've had stable OS Updates and timely security updates each month for my s8, a8, even my old a5 gets fast security updates.

37. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Dark I actually trust your opinion. Can you please reply later about your experience with One UI on the note 9. Considering replacing my 6s with the upcoming S10 and the only thing I am hesitating about is how smooth the UI is compared to iOS. Thanks ahead buddy!

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure will Tech. As of now, it's super smooth, but I've barely gotten to use it, and will have much more info for later today. I'll reply back here.

48. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Cant wait to here more darkk

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Super dope update sis. 9.9 outta 10 easy.

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung One UI is just outta this world dope. Totally renews the phone, and Pie is very very well refined, smooth, and stable. The gesture based UI is very well implemented, I'd even say better than on my Max, which is awesome too. I love that Samsung requires a swipe in a different place for a certain action vs my Max requiring a different movement in the same place. Samsung's way eliminates undesired results when swiping. All the UI elements are improved, also battery life got a very noticeable boost, and 5Ge is faster than regular LTE. So far this is an outstanding update. Now the bad part. When it comes to split screen, I can no longer switch which app is at the bottom and the top. Launching them from app pair eliminates that issue, but it was better when I could just tap the blue divider line, and swap positions. That's actually the only bad thing I've noticed. This update is a homerun to me. More to come, as I'm about to watch a full OneUI/Pie tutorial.

55. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Sounds great but , i wish they had left split screen alone.

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Me too, I loved being able to switch app positions, but this update is plain outstanding sis. I'm loving it. Everything is improved, smoother, faster, and more refined. One major improvement I forgot to mention, is typing with haptic feedback on. 1000% smoother and faster.

59. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Thanks a lot dark!

61. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're welcome bro. Keep you 6S too though bro, having both is great. I like having android and iOS. Both have their strong points.

79. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

bro, their update time has improved a lot lately with both huge updates and monthly security updates in comparison to their touch wiz times!

4. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

*none post related* my HTC U11 is at June 2018 android security patch while I am still running android O. I heard the HTC U12 hasn’t been update either. Is HTC planing to continue supporting their phones or we should just switch already? First and last HTC phone I ever own.

5. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

hahaha, so many sammy haters around here. you forgot the part where sammy software is on a total different level then stock android, it has so many features that stock android will never have, so while sammy is slow at delivering updates at least their updates are by far the most polished ones, just look how many f**kups google had in 2018 delivering updates to pixel users and the worst part is that they didn't even acknowledge so peace out haters.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The biggest feature of Samsung UI on top of Android is UX inconsistencies between Samsung UX and stock Android UX. This as a result perpetuates the fragmentation in Android with developers not knowing whether they should use Android Material Design or whatever other UX design popular OEMs like Samsung and Huawei come up with. Sorry but Samsung skin is a plague that its sole role is to keep customers tied to Samsung. Same with the usually iOS copycat UXs of the Chinese.

9. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

whatever makes you sleep at night! i like the new one ui

15. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sure! Clearly Samsung One UI did its job and it locked you down to Samsung ecosystem. That was the point. To like it.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

Any examples of these app design inconsistency? I still haven't had app which i thought was odd out of place on my phone.

80. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

you are thinking too deep unnecessarily, and in terms of keeping the customer in chained, Samsung is no where near apple's way at all,bruh! you will know well if you have really used latest Samsung flagships

20. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Also this, but the haters don't get it. " Let's not forget also the number of handsets Samsung has had to upgrade since it started making Androids, more than a thousand, while manufacturers like the runner-ups OnePlus or Nokia, only have 10-30 to take care of"

6. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I really doubt these results. Nokia updated only the Nokia 7 Plus fast to Android 9 but by the time they moved to other handsets, Sony had released or updated 6 phones with Android 9. Also, how come Samsung is so much higher than Huawei, when the Mate 20 came in autumn out of the box with Android 9 and Samsung started releasing Android 9 updates in the end of 2018? I think these results don't take in account some parameters. I think after Google (who anyway have only a few models to update) the real update king is Sony. OnePlus are also like Google (good, but because they have only a few models to update).

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3891; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I'm expecting at least three more 'opinion' articles from the other 'writers' here on the same topic... End of the day, and I can only speak to devices I own (Samsung, Apple) Samsung delivers annual updates on its flagship for Samsung Experience/OneUI OS, not Android X and increasingly, these Samsung updates are coming earlier and earlier and less buggy than Googles and Apples updates. Keep it up Samsung.

10. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Indeed, and the ranking measures how many major updates phones have gotten so far, the big picture. Since the Mate 20 Pro ships with Pie, for instance, it hasn't gotten one yet to tip the scales but the same will be valid for the S10 when it hits the tape :)

11. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

This is exactly what I wish many people would realize already. Samsung develievers a big update Q1 of every year to their flagships while midrange smartphones receive their update around Q2-3. This year they have been the most consistent with their flagships reciving the update before the end of January and the midrange is scheduled for April. Samsung doesn’t care about android X number they care about their own Samsung experience/one UI.

30. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

This is what people fail to see. Since nougat, samsung had made complete overhauls of their ui and ux with many added features, which other OEM offers that??. Grace ui with nougat, samsung exp with oreo, one ui with pie. I have no issues waiting longer for os updates from samsung considering the sheer number of changes and features we get.

13. Ali888

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

You get 2 updates, Google's in August and Samsung's in January. Considering how many times Samsung revamps its UI, i look forward to beginning of the year for Samsung's update than August's Google update

16. j_grouchy

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I can confirm first-hand that LG sucks with big updates.

21. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Yet, still no January security update for OnePlus 6/6T.

24. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

According to their own website: Android security patches and bug fixes and an additional year of Android security patch updates every 2 months The last security update was December. So according to their own schedule, they update in February, not January.
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