I recently wrote the 2011 guide to Android mobiles. In the article, I recommended a Sony Ericsson, a couple of HTC’s and a couple of Motorola’s. What I didn’t really take into consideration was the manufacturers. The companies who you buy an Android mobile from are responsible for updating it to the latest version of Android and for giving you support and even fixing/replacing your phone if it is under it’s 12 month limited warranty.
Computer World has created some great graphs which show how many mobiles the manufacturers updated and how long it took them to update the one’s they did.
So what do these graphs show? Well, they clearly show that HTC come out on top. HTC updated 50% of their eligible mobiles while the nearest competitor, Motorola, only updated 15%. HTC took second place for the amount of time it took them to update the mobiles they chose to update. Considering HTC updated many more mobiles than the other manufacturers, that isn’t bad!
Motorola is the second best manufacturer for updates. Even though they only updated 15% of their mobiles, they came second above Samsung which only updated 11%. Motorola did much better on the amount of time it took to update the mobiles they did as they came first with 54.5 days.
Samsung came third for both the amount of updates and the duration of the updates. To be honest though, they were terrible. They only updates 22% of the mobiles they could have done and it took them a whopping 159 days to update the mobiles that they did.
The rest of the big Android mobile manufacturers which are Dell, LG and Sony did not update any of their mobiles at the end of last year. I will forgive them this time as they are relatively new to Android and don’t have the volume of Android mobiles out as the top 3 manufacturers.
Obviously, the amount and duration of updates for each manufacturer could have changed in 5 months and could still change. However, This graph does show how dedicated each manufacturer is to supporting their devices. So, what have we learnt here? If you want good support for your Android mobile, go with HTC. Otherwise, your new Android mobile could be stuck with an outdated version of Android.