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

26. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Hm...I was getting monthly security updates on my verizon S8. Perhaps the above rating needs to be revised.. Thanks for heads-up.

25. wickiraman

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 03, 2016

Nokia will kick many OEMs in future!

27. Jrod99

Posts: 703; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Must be end of the road for Tab S2?

50. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's 3 1/2 years old, mine still has a security patch from 2017.

33. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

as an iphone user, i used to say that the updates on ios is what makes it stand out over other handset makers but now i dont even update the iphone due to the bugs and its bloody disgusting. samsung actually goes through their updates and makes sure there are no bugs and even if the updates are slow, the previous updates are fine the way it is.

35. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

No matter how worst it was, you still can't beat the low point of Moto/Lenovo, Stock Android with close to no update, or I should say slowest among Android OEM, even compare to those of heavy skin, Moto/Lenovo really doing great job on pulling them down.

40. apmsequeira

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 27, 2018

My 300€ Xiaomi Pocophone is in beta with Android O (Since a few months ago) and security patch from 1/1/19 (since last week update). My last Samsung was the S8 and this flagship phone, with its flagship price was quite far from a flagship service and performance... So what are we excusing to Samsung?

41. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

When was the S8 released and when was the pocophone released?

44. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why is it so hard to do as Linux does: update the kernel separately and the UI separately? That way, all Android phones could get updated to the latest release the very next day the kernel is compiled for them and get the UI updated the very moment the OEM considers doing it.

46. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Because that is why Linux on desktops is so unpopular and Android is so popular (very tight kernel+UI integration). Actually, there is much more besides kernel and "UI".

52. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Linux is unpopular, because it lacks games support, great media apps and pretty much all the productivity tools.

57. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That is mostly true as well, but that is not the root cause, but rather the result.

58. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I wanted to use Linux so I had dual-boot on my pc for a few years. Windows (and I’m talking about xp then 7) was ages ahead every single distro I tested it: cad, adobe, office, media, compatibility of accessories etc.

47. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

The Essential Phone. They don't make them anymore but at least it gets timely monthly security updates and even though it came out 2 years ago it will still get the most current version of Android this year.

49. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I don't care to be one of Google's beta testers as they repeatedly break Android updates on the Pixel playing catch up to Samsung. You guys keep getting excited over features Samsung already had for 2 plus years while experiencing more bugs. Much rather have it the way Samsung does it. Pixel has inferior software.

56. wickedwilly

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Had a full week using one UI in its final state and a good play during the beta process and I must say it is an excellent update. My S9+ has been going strong for 9 months and it has been as solid as a rock. I have been very happy with it, now that has gone up a level. The dark mode is fantastic and I have merged new one UI gestures with those I have setup on Nova and it and it is a very nice improvement. Only one bug discovered and it is an app bug in Whats App, the send button is temperamental, but can send via keyboard so it is not a problem. What surprised me was the increase in performance, it's small but noticeable and battery life has certainly improved. This is how updates should be done, others could learn from this. Anyone who is objective and used Samsung phones over the years must acknowledge they have done a great job. From a less than satisfactory Touch Wiz to what I believe is one of, if not the best UI, is an achievement. I prefer it to stock Android and am more than happy to wait a few months to get a stable OS with top-level functionality. While Apple fans rave over the updates on IOS, Samsung brings functionality and stability while staying ahead in the features and functionality stakes. Apple is the opposite lagging behind and yet bug-ridden updates. Proof in some cases more means less.

60. adylanchng

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 01, 2019

while Samsung's S series and Note series get updates surpisingly quickly, their more affodable phones will never be updated.

69. mudassarfa

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

LG is the worst when it comes to software update. its been more than 6 months since lg released any kind of update for lg v30+

76. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Among the major manufacurers, LG is the worst. The way they are going about software updates, their days as a phone maker are numbered.

77. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Bought a OnePlus 6T about 1 month after release, came with Pie right out of the box. Already received updates to security. They have come a LONG way since the OnePlus One.

81. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

What are they gonna do in 2029 when they've been through all the letters?
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