Which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Which carrier?

Which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Which carrier?
So which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Lock in your response. Ok, the answer is, with an average time of 4.8 months, HTC. In second place is Samsung. Thanks to the quick 4.5 months it took to start updating the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Korean manufacturer was able to improve its average time to 6.9 months. Motorola was third with an average of 8.6 months to update. Besides that average, Motorola has received low marks for failing to update models like the Motorola DROID 3, Motorola ATRIX 4G and Motorola PHOTON 4G. LG was last with an average 11.8 months to update.

Looking at the carriers, T-Mobile was the speediest with an average time of 5.8 months with Sprint coming in second with an average 6.5 months before update. Coming in third was AT&T which took an average of 7.8 months to update an Android model. And last, with an average of 8 months, is Verizon. Actually, that is no surprise as many of Big Red's customers have bitched about the slow updating at the nation's largest carrier. A case in point, look at the Samsung Galaxy S III's update to Android 4.1. Sprint was the first with the update in late October followed by T-Mobile which rolled out the update in mid November. In early December, AT&T subscribers had to pull the update out of Kies. Last Friday, Verizon started disseminating the update at last.

It's a no-brainer, but we should point out that if speedy updates are your thing, then the stock Android Nexus will always be the answer. On Sprint and Verizon, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus updated in only 2.5 months.

source: ArsTechnica via BGR



1. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Nexus all the way!

18. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

So LG technically makes a new phone approximately once a year?

2. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Wow, looks like AT&T has done well on updates. Too bad they're still on 2G, though.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


19. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

(What from Papasmurf) Is wrong with u Cynipap999?!?!?!!!!!...

4. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Uhhh no they're not

11. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

That wasnt a very smart comment considering u can't update over 2g/edge, and AT&T usually has the fastest (LTE) speeds.

13. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Are you dumb? AT&T is currently getting rid of their 2G network...

41. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

ummmm really

5. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

umm.. pic 6 isn't the optimus an LG phone? Looks like AT&T and VZW are just about the same.

6. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Heh... I saw these numbers posted on a different site (sorry for cheating on you PA), yet with an entirely different slant. Amazing how any two people can take the same data and arrive at two entirely opposite implications.

10. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I find PA to be one of the least biased sites. I like the news that Gizmodo posts, but I can never agree with the writers (nor the commenters) opinions.

7. johnnh

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

where are the "new motorola" devices? atrix hd 5 months, razr m 1 month, razr hd 3 weaks. Phonearena's incomplete chart pisses me off

9. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Oh give PhoneArena some credit "Johnny", they're just upset and disoriented that they can't inject ipHone in there. But alas, I have, so all is well and merry.

8. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

I would actually say Asus and ZTE, Asus always updates really quickly and ZTE had the first non-nexus device up to 4.2, which was just a midrange phone.

12. s1ebee

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Yeah... Have to agree. Asus are really swift with their updates. Even without the nexus 7, their light skin on android Is perfect for swift updates.

21. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

But the quality of many updates are very very bad. Bad kernel also.

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Why on earth would someone use a carrier locked device? C'mon not everyone is as dumb as the U.S

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So these actually go from the original release date of the phone, not when the update becomes available at all.

16. wendygarett unregistered

Android used to have third update, what happened now? Smh


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011


20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

NEXUS, SAMSUNG & SONY. Motorola HTC BOTH SUCKS at their updates.

23. melvinwilson

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Considering the mobile ecosystem.,,.... Nokia is best in updating their Devices.,,. They never forget their customers!!!''!

38. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Yeah! the same way they upgraded my X6 and N97 (high end phones at that time) to S^3 and the same way Lumia 900 ($700 phone) users are enjoying WP8 at the moment.

39. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

nokia did drop the ball on the 808 though phone came out this year and they have killed off any major updates by ending symbian they slapped everyone that bought the 808 in the face. especially for the price of the phone so they do forget there customers, especially loyal ones. they wanted to make the transition to wp8 so bad they dropped those who went for there big symbian hitter

24. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Where's the Galaxy S3 for Sprint? You guys don't have anything about it. It was the first US variant to get updated to Android 4.1.

25. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Besides the nexus, HTC only gave their phone one update unlike Samsung which is getting ready to give SII its second update which is Jelly Bean.

26. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Seems HTC should have gotten some poor marks for dropping support and never updating several devices. I have owned two HTC devices what went EOL after less than a year and never saw an update. Never again

27. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Bitched instead of complained. Lol

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Funny that on the chart for LG, there is no second update bar. Also, Alan's getting a bit vulgar with the Verizon customers. Lol

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