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Stat Stories: Nokia Rules in Android Updates

Stat Stories: Nokia Rules in Android Updates”

The data shows that 96% of Nokia smartphones have already been updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Nokia comfortably leads the latter rankings as well, at a mind-blowing 94 percent, followed by Xiaomi with 62 percent, Lenovo with 52, and Huawei with 40 percentage points. The platform has struggled for years with manufacturers being slow or outrightly neglecting to update their devices to the latest versions of Android for various reasons. The handset maker trumped some of the biggest brands in the world including Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Samsung and more as it was quicker than others in bringing almost all its smartphones to the latest Android OS, Android 9 Pie.

Apart from Nokia, Lenovo is another brand that can be comparable when it comes to rolling out new software updates for phones.

It was through an XDA Developers report that we had come to know about the Android Pie update on the Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro, Mi 4C Pro and Mi TV 4X Pro, which was announced to happen sometime in September.

"High-priced devices are often updated first, but having the latest software is as important to mid- and low-cost products as it is to flagship devices". Huawei and Xiaomi trail closely with 84 percent and 82 percent of their phones respectively running or having access to Android 9 Pie via an update. And most importantly, timely security updates are necessary for keeping devices safe. Vivo, LG, Alcatel and Tecno have the worst record with 18 percent, 16 percent, 14 percent and 5 percent devices on Pie. In addition, the brand distributed updates to 50% of its smartphone within six months of release, becoming the fastest one to do so.

Android phone brands ranked on OS update frequency

"Just a few brands devote to ensuring their telephones are running the most recent version", Pathak added.

Studying the OS update frequency of top smartphone brands, Counterpoint, a research firm acknowledged "that device makers need to step up their efforts to provide regular software and security updates to their users". In our experience researching the industry, we have seen few brands focusing on this. And perhaps because manufacturers are not talking about it, consumer awareness is also low.

Software updates have never been Android's strong suit. "It doesn't appear among the ten features consumers say they care about most, in our research", Peter Richardson, Research Director at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement. Another factor is that these brands focus more on supporting flagship models, while often leaving the mid-range or entry-level phones behind when it comes to updates.



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