Which Android manufacturer is the fastest to update its devices? Which carrier?
posted by Alan F. / Dec 21, 2012, 3:28 PM
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
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Wow, looks like AT&T has done well on updates. Too bad they're still on 2G, though.
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 3:36 PM 2
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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.
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 3:48 PM 0
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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
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 3:49 PM 1
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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.
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 3:50 PM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 4:41 PM 1
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Considering the mobile ecosystem.,,.... Nokia is best in updating their Devices.,,. They never forget their customers!!!''!
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 9:31 PM 3
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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
posted on Dec 23, 2012, 7:42 PM 0
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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
posted on Dec 21, 2012, 10:08 PM 2
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