Studies have shown that Nokia smartphones receive Android updates faster than devices from other manufacturers.
Nokia-branded smartphones update to the latest versions of Android significantly faster than models from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei or any other major electronics manufacturer, according to a new study.
As established by the analytical company Counterpoint Research, 96% Nokia smartphones, sold since the release of Android Pie, either shipped immediately or were upgraded to the latest version of Android. Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei are in the range of around 80%. Also good, but still noticeably smaller. Lenovo and Oppo showed results in 50%, while LG, Vivo and others only updated 20% smartphones.
Slow updates have always been a constant problem with Android smartphones. Even flagship models are not guaranteed to work with the latest version of the system out of the box. Updates to new versions appear very slowly, if at all. Unlike iPhones, which typically get four or more years of support from Apple, even the most expensive Android smartphones tend to become obsolete after 2-3 years.
Google has made changes to Androidmaking it easier for manufacturers to create timely updates. It also required that popular device models receive security updates (which is usually more important than adding new features) for at least two years.
However, as Counterpoint research shows, the situation remains bad for most manufacturers. Everything is complicated by the fact that in recent years, users are in no hurry to change their devices. This means that they will be using outdated and potentially insecure versions of Android for years.