Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but only Google's Pixels, and the Essential Phone, are very good at covering Android's security updates on time. In the latest, February 2018 scorecard by research firm SecurityLab, the time to publish an update after discovering a vulnerability, or the maximum length of time before the update is available to all phones in a company's portfolio, reveal a pretty abysmal picture.
As mentioned, it's just Google Pixel and Essential that are pushing security updates as soon as they become available, but, let's face it, the models from these two companies can literally be counted on one hand. We were pleasantly surprised by Nokia, whose stock Android comes right after Google and Essential, if we don't count BlackBerry, or specialized phones.
With the newly-announced Nokia 7 Plus offering telephoto zoom, huge battery, and 18:9 display for sub-400 price, the Finns may develop somewhat of a cult following in the value-for-money segment, if they keep doing the right things. Samsung and LG are down the list, needless to say, with weeks to months between important security update rollouts to their far-reaching rosters.