• Grading Android Upgrades - Pie Edition



    Almost a year ago I reblogged a feature from Computerworld that graded smartphone OEMs on how fast they updated their top tier hardware to the latest version of Android. Back then it was 8.0 Oreo; let's see how the usual suspects fared with late 2018's Android 9.0 Pie:

    Google: A (same as last year)
    Current flagship upgraded in 0 days (60/60 points)
    Previous flagship upgraded in 0 days (30/30 points)
    Excellent communication (10/10 points)

    OnePlus: C (up from a 'D' last year)
    Current flagship upgraded in 47 days (53/60 points)
    Previous flagship upgraded in 142 days (21/30 points)
    Poor communication (0/10 points)

    Samsung: F (same as last year)
    Current flagship upgraded in 177 days (37/60 points)
    Still waiting for upgrade to previous flagship (0/30 points)
    Poor communication (0/10 points)

    Motorola: F (same as last year)
    Still waiting for upgrade to current flagship (0/60 points)
    Still waiting for upgrade to previous flagship (0/30 points)
    Poor communication (3/10 points)

    LG: F (same as last year)
    Still waiting for upgrade to current flagship (0/60 points)
    Still waiting for upgrade to previous flagship (0/30 points)
    Poor communication (0/10 points)

    Keep in mind that these scores do not reflect critical security updates, but entire OS upgrades to the latest and greatest version of Android. If that's important to you, stick with a Pixel—or to a lesser extent, OnePlus.

    Source: Computerworld

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Grading Android Upgrades - Pie Edition started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Morphling27's Avatar
      Morphling27 -
      I know the Moto X4 has 9.0 - mine is on it. I don't think it was ever a flagship model, but they have updated some phones and it was sooner than other companies.
    1. mogelijk's Avatar
      mogelijk -
      Essential deserves an A. I realize they only have the one phone but feel they still need to be recognized as they "shipped" Pie the same day as Google -- and do the same with the various monthly security updates.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      They're actually mentioned in the article, on the second page:

      Essential, meanwhile — which hasn't sold a significant number of phones, didn't even release a phone in 2018, and may or may not ever release another Android phone — is absolutely killing it when it comes to support of its sole 2017-launched device. The company got Pie out to owners of its eponymous Essential Phone on the same day as the software's release. Essential is nowhere near relevant enough to earn a spot in this analysis, to say the least, but if it were ever able to get its act together and become a force in the U.S. mobile market, it'd sure be a force to be reckoned with in this domain.
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