Android has brought many good things to the consumer market of smartphones, but one of their usual Achilles heels, at least as regards what happens to the end user, is what happens with their software updates. Terminals that do not receive a miserable update that contrast with the three, four or even five that can reach some lucky.
This is a consequence of having an operating system used by thousands and thousands of devices. Or in other words, fragmentation. A collateral damage that Google wanted to tackle with the launch of Project Treble a couple of years ago: a way to simplify the update processes so that manufacturers could save pitfalls in the release to users. The current situation leaves some manufacturers in a better place than others.
The best unemployed are undoubtedly the manufacturers who also control the software, Google and Apple, with 100% of their terminals of those years updated to the latest version of their operating systems. In the bronze of the podium appears the rejuvenated Nokia, whom the return to the ring, now with Android, has sat very well in terms of updates.
After them, a meritorious OnePlus, which does not claim to be one of the manufacturers with less travel in the industry than those listed, and already at a considerable distance, Huawei, Sony, Motorola, Xiaomi and Samsung. Closing by the tail the list of those who update any of its terminals is HTC.
For those who worry about the updates of their terminal, nothing like the mobile brands that use clean versions of the operating system or with minimal modifications.
Then there is the list of those who have not updated one of their devices from 2016-2017 to Android Pie: from Chinese brands such as ZTE, Gionee or Oppo to others with much more travel and European presence, such as LG or Lenovo.
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Few phones, many phones
To accompany this data we also wanted to take into account the number of terminals presented by each manufacturer to see if there is a pattern between those who update more models and those who remain at the bottom of the list: each circle has the size depending on the number of mobiles launched in that time interval , 2016-2017.
So it is easy to see that there is a certain pattern: not all manufacturers that release few models ensure more updates (there are the cases of Razer or BlackBerry), but it is true that none of the manufacturers that have more models have a high index of updates : Huawei and Samsung, brands with larger catalogs within which offer updates after two years, nor have percentages as relevant as those of Nokia or OnePlus, with much lower figures.
It is possible that in the future we will notice more about the impact of the mentioned Project Treble and the manufacturers improve the update cycles of their terminals, be more agile when releasing software packages and prolong the life of devices that take more time in the market.
We will be attentive to how manufacturers move in this field. For now, the figures are what they are.