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Default Best companies for Android updates - 04-20-2017, 10:44 | posts: 667 | Location: UK

So im starting to consider my upgrade for this year and my biggest 'must have' is decent update cycles for both OS and security updates.

I'm currently on a nexus 5X so have Google level of these which I love, pixel 2 is high on my watch list but I want to consider other companies too. So what companies are good at releasing up to date security patches and android OS updates? I want stock manufacturer releases not rooted custom ROMs such as lineage.

To my mind so far I have this order (from what i've heard and experienced)

1) Google (obviously)
2) OnePlus - Guy at work has the 3T and gets regular OS and security updates and they have a good beta channel if you want that route.
3) Samsung - Ive heard mixed, reasonable update schedule for security and OS but can vary wildly with device.
4)Sony - Semi regular updates for OS but security not that great, they have an experimental track for certain phones (X ending soon XZ premium soon to start) but I believe this is via unlocked bootloader etc which I want to avoid. Also my past Sony phones have been routinely ignored or had planned updates canclled so im a bit wary of them but I like the hardware.

So what about the other big players such as HTC/LG and the Chinese companies like Huawei etc?

Any input is welcomed (and no i dont want an iphone/Windows phone sorry)
   
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Default 04-20-2017, 13:23 | posts: 12,940 | Location: Scotland

I would personally rate sony higher than samsung.

My sony tablet Z got many more updates (to 5.1.1, starting at 4.1.2 per gsmarena), more frequently and further than my note 3 (which maxed out at 5.0, starting at 4.3 per gsmarena)

And of course, the tablet z is older than the note 3 by like half a year
   
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Default 04-20-2017, 14:57 | posts: 667 | Location: UK

Good to know you've had better experiences with Sony. Do they give separate security updates or just big OS updates nowadays do you know?

I'm liking the look of the XZ premium and its features but my views on their update policy was putting me off them. Waterproof and stereo speakers are 2 big things on my feature list.
   
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Default 04-20-2017, 15:01 | posts: 12,940 | Location: Scotland

I'm not sure how many they do overall on phones but I got a lot more small patches (x.x.versions) than i ever did on my note 3
   
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Default 04-21-2017, 09:10 | posts: 246 | Location: PT

same here, but still with the nexus 5, these latest pixel devices disapointed me thought..
my next phone will probably be motorola or something (pixel2?), same dilema as you.

Too bad nvidia doesnt make good phones, the software support in shield tablet is crazy!
first ever android device to go from 4.4 kitkat >>> 7.0 nougat, insane! not even my nexus 5.
   
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Default 04-21-2017, 10:56 | posts: 667 | Location: UK

I'm still hoping for a Nokia flagship too as they stated before they released their phones they were sticking as close to stock android as possible for phone update speed. Then I guess its see if they stick to it.
   
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LG is better than Samsung in my opinion in that regard.
But have you tried lineage os? Even my old s3 is running android 7.1 with lineage os and it runs better than it ever did.
http://www.lineageosrom.com/
   
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LG is better than Samsung in my opinion in that regard.
But have you tried lineage os? Even my old s3 is running android 7.1 with lineage os and it runs better than it ever did.
http://www.lineageosrom.com/
I honestly got fed up of rooting so want to avoid that where possible, I have a nexus so current updates arent an issue currently but i'm thinking of other phones when I upgrade if the Pixel 2 is naff/too expensive.
   
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Samsung are better than they used to be, but not great, very fragmented which models and regions get updates and when, there are some people stuck on January updates, where others have Aprils
   
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Default Today, 11:47 | posts: 667 | Location: UK

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Samsung are better than they used to be, but not great, very fragmented which models and regions get updates and when, there are some people stuck on January updates, where others have Aprils
Yeah id heard similar from others which is sad really, we already deal with carriers delaying things so regional/model delays are just a stupid addition.
   
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They are all terrible in the US unless you have a Nexus device. All the major carriers take months to modify the update to add all of their mostly useless features. And that's only if you have a top end phone. Most of the lower tier phones might get 1 or 2 updates and that's it.
   
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Sony are crap for it.
   
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Motorola! Hands down.
   
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Default Today, 16:08 | posts: 4,736 | Location: Sweden

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I would personally rate sony higher than samsung.

My sony tablet Z got many more updates (to 5.1.1, starting at 4.1.2 per gsmarena), more frequently and further than my note 3 (which maxed out at 5.0, starting at 4.3 per gsmarena)

And of course, the tablet z is older than the note 3 by like half a year
Me too. My mate has always loved Sony products and has always received updates before me (I'm a Sammy user).
   
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