HTC has the most up-to-date Android phones (Android updates infographic)

HTC has the most up-to-date Android phones (Android updates infographic)
The Android Update Alliance (AUA) was set up back in May to unite phone makers under the umbrella of timely Android updates, but we haven’t heard a word about the idealistic venture since then. 

And just a couple of days ago, we saw that Gingerbread is slowly replacing older versions of the platform, but Froyo is still the dominant flavor. So who can you trust for the fastest updates and the most up-to-date Android versions?

AndroidandMe has taken the time to compile a list of Android handsets with their respective versions from every phone maker from the AUA and has drawn some conclusions.

First of all, the list clearly shows that HTC updates its phones most often, while Samsung, LG and Motorola still have to catch up in the update department.

But that doesn’t mean that HTC’s track record is perfect - it has updated older devices like the HTC EVO 4G from 2.1 to Gingerbread, but others like the myTouch 3G Slide only got updated to Froyo.

Sony Ericsson also stands out as the overwhelming majority of its newest devices sport the latest of Gingerbread.

When it comes to the carrier, Sprint is offering the most up-to-date selection of phones stateside. But hopefully others will join too, and AT&T has already promised to bring its whole 2011 Android fleet up to date.

Have you previously felt that a company has disappointed you with its slow updates? And do you think the situation with Android updates has changed since the AUA was formed?

source: AndroidandMe



1. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

well i think with the google acquisition of motorola this thing is going to change in a few years :) in the mean time well done for htc keep up the good work :)

19. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

And people still think Google will not make their own hardware : S

29. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Nope. They'll just copy other people's work like they do with Google+

38. Tony unregistered

Copy all they want as long as they make it better.

2. jhgkiu

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

and people wonder why i choice the evo 3d over the galaxy s2

11. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Other than the poor English or typing (which I usually attribute to on-screen keyboards) why should this post get 2 thumbs down? The sentiment is certainly valid - and I'm a Samsung Epic 4G user at the moment.

3. David Carrington unregistered

"the list clearly shows that HTC updates its phones most often" - I'm not sure I completely agree with this. It may be true that they do it quickly, but the graph suggests that Sony Ericsson do it better, since all their phones are already done. Admittedly the graph shows that they have less phones, but at least you're guaranteed an up-to-date OS with them.

8. huhu unregistered

yes sony ericsson is really quick on update, it so quick that it forgot to update my x10mini which stuck at 2.1 eclair and my sister x8 which also stuck at 2.1 eclair, so SE is the quickest and king of android their even sell ARC with the price as same as SGS II in my country, and people wonder why i choose SGS II over ARC and they also wonder why SE still not making enough money to improve their financial report

37. Kaushik unregistered

That is not correct. A few SE phones are stuck with 1.6. In fact, they have very few phones above 2.1. HTC have most of their phones 2.2 and above. Please note that the sample size here for this article is very small.

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

HTC is just a very good across the board company. They seem very serious about being among the leaders in all the most important areas: selection, quality, availibility and updates. I like Motorola and Samsung as well, but all things being equal I would take a HTC if I could.

25. Thunderstruck unregistered

HTC are very good in the areas of build quality, fast hardware, updates and UI integration (Sense being head and shoulders above Blur, TouchWIZ, etc...) Where they fall down is battery size. My Thunderbolt, with a 4.3-in LCD (regular LCD, not any type of energy saving LED or such), dual EVDO and LTE radios and 1GHz processor has a 1400mah battery. My older Samsung Omnia II, with a 3.7-in power sipping amoled, single EVDO radio and less power hungry 800MHz processor, has a 1600mah battery. Many days, I get less than 6 hours before I need to change out batteries on the T-bolt, where I got a full 12-14hrs per day from the Samsung. In all other respects, the Thunderbolt trashes the O2 (except the sharpness and color of the screen), but battery life is an inexcusable joke. Their response to this? Buy our extended battery, and put a huge hump in the back of the already thick phone.

30. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, what pot have you been smoking? HTC is feeding you all lies and bullcrap, well Android is crap anyways. HTC has crappy phones that break easily, they take forever to update like they're doing with the T-Bolt, and lol locked bootloaders.

36. Kaushik unregistered

I have an HTC and I can see that I got what I thought I'd get and even better. No lies from HTC. I think Android is one of the best things to have happened to the world in recent times. It has the power to change computing habits of people. It may force many laptops and desktops out of business (except for the niche) as users are actually moving onto the phone for their computing needs. If you left that to Apple, it would never have happened. Break easily? Can you show me one set of phones that are tougher than the HTC ones (yes, a few are there, but as a manufaturer, HTC makes solid phones). HTC has been proven time and again to update most of their phones to the latest, up to the extent possible. HTC has recently announced that they will keep the phones unlocked for bootloading. So, your last argument is also not valid any more.

5. ilia1986 unregistered

I really don't think that this is an issue. People who truly want to max out their Android experience, aside from those who own devices like the Evo3D or the Samsung Note which have unique OEM software on them - will want to install custom roms, regardless of the official Android version their device came with. That's the beauty of Android really. If your device is popular enough - and it's hardware is decent enough - there is at least one custom rom for it, which works much better than the original OEM one.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

90% of all non 2.3 phones on samsung are US SGS1's waiting for an official release! lol. Of cours of all the SGS1 owners i know only a few of them arent rocking custom software by now anyways. I've actually taken their phone and installed it for them to force them off of stock software. lol. they have all thanked me in the end. :) (yes, i keep the software to root on my memory card. :) )

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude you are the best, way to go above & beyond for those people. Ha I wish I knew you personally, you can hook up my brothers girls Samsung Fascinate. lol :-)

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its so easy and it literally doubles the power of the phone when you get it off that crappy RFS filing system and change it to EXT4.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is why I love Android. You can buy a phone & literally make it better with better software from aftermarket developers. That is the genius of Android. Imagine if you could do the same for iOS. iOS would not even exist now because anything is better than iOS! lol

24. ilia1986 unregistered

Yep.. that's why I'm still waiting for the possibility to run Android 3.x on the iPhone 4.

31. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I do even better - I recommend my friends to throw their Samsung phones into the toilet where they belong and recommend them iPhones, which are infinitely better.

32. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I don't know if you ever played high school sports but do you remember when your team is loosing like 48 to 0. And your team scores a touchdown and you guys go crazy.... And then the student section from the other team yellls "Scoreboard Scoreboard"... and you realize your still loosing 48 to 7.... yeah that's what its like when you call android trash.

34. ilia1986 unregistered

lol the only type of sports taco and miz ever played involved bending down for long periods of time.

13. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I'm surprised with SE, if they keep it up they might see a spike in the interest of their devices, just maybe though. . .

14. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Just another reason to love HTC

35. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh we love HTC. But I personally love Samsung more due to SuperAmoled. :D HTC phones need to get that SuperAmoled displays from Samsung. And better camera sensors. Then they would be perfect!

15. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

I have the latest official version of android 2.3.4 on my samsung galaxy S :)

16. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

But they all look alike

17. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

I find this impossible. This Title goes to Motorola. Droid X, DX2, Droid 2, Droid 3, (Bionic) upcoming. All are running Gingerbread. Samsung starts rolling out, then is always pulled back. HTC only says what phone are gonna be running gingerbread, then they push the date further and further away.. HTC Thunderbolt for example. Supposed to have been the VW premier 4G phone of the year. Gingerbread was supposed to arrive on June 30---Still no Gingerbread, yet they opt and start rolling out gingerbread on the Incredible which is now extinct....go figure. This chart is not true....

18. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

You are right M0nkeyBr... ALL HTC phones look the same...Long earpiece on top. 2 LED's on back, rectangular shape, with kickstand, yep, that's HTC...I think the only phone running gingerbread is the EVO series...which is so played out....Nothing on VW...They only put out the fluke Thunderbolt...

20. CEHLS10

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

Well this is definitely not true in my case because the HTC Thunderbolt is currently not running Ice Cream Sandwich :(

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