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Which Android OEM is best for long-term support i.e. software updates?

Browsing Android phones and wondering which OEM is generally best for long-term software support:- Samsung, LG, Sony or HTC?

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2014 at 19:01

Or Moto, Acer, Etc etc..... don't dismiss the smaller players.
The other day my old Acer Liquid MT received updates.... check out whwn that phone was launched ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 24, 2014 at 19:03

All, none... They're all awful compared to Apple's support for their devices, but on the other hand they're all about the same level of awfulness. Motorola seem pretty good, but pre-Google they were awful and Google don't own them any more, so who knows how that'll turn out.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2014 at 19:07

All, none... They're all awful compared to Apple's support for their devices, but on the other hand they're all about the same level of awfulness. Motorola seem pretty good, but pre-Google they were awful and Google don't own them any more, so who knows how that'll turn out.

Moto still send small updates and fixes to my old Moto Pro+... Which isn't bad considering they sold about 50 of them outside the US :p

But yes, standards have fallen.
My Nokia E61, 50 etc received updates well over 4 years!
Even the old Sony Ericsson of yesteryears wasn't as bad as today's OEMs. But then: these days people keep their devices until the battery goes flatline at most...
And frankly: I think I'd prefer the HTC One M8 with Gingerbread :p

spruceyb  Jun. 24, 2014 at 20:38

I'd say Samsung if you go for a Galaxy S or a Note.
N7000 (original Note came with 2.3, upgraded to 4 and is now on 4.1.2)
N7100 (Note II is on 4.4.2 (or 4.3 in UK))
Galaxy S3 is running 4.3

It's also super easy to boot into download mode and flash a firmware with ODIN.

I believe Moto promise at least 1 update, this is what they say for the E;
"The device will receive at least one software update from the current KitKat 4.4.2 operating system"

LG, are doing better than they used to but I don't trust them still, Sony used to be okay, but are pretty slow getting updates out (but Xperia T is getting 4.4.3 soon).

OnePlus stands to be promising as it's an officially supported CyanogenMod device (and for around £230 too it's a bargain).

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2014 at 21:29

I'm not to fussed about updates to new OS version.
My priority is fixes etc....

As to Samsung: yes, well... they are good with some, bad and very bad with others.
For example (seeing they just launched the Galaxy K camera phone): The original Galaxy Camera did NOT receive a single significant update. At ALL. It received updates, alright. But all
under-the-hood stuff. None of its major annoyances were ever addressed.
And in the olden days - pre-Android - Samsung were borderline criminal in the update regard :p
And look at the original Ace - the thing sold a gazillion times, and remains to this day one of the buggiest gadgets of all times. Dito the SGS 3 Mini... Or: how long was KIES the laughingstock of PC Suites? That too relates to updates imo...
So, the fact that they make an effort with their wannabe "iPhone killers" is not exactly worth calling the Nobel Committee about.

But my attitude and advice to others has always been: if a phone is sucky when you get it: return it. Sell it. Dump it. DO NOT rely on the never-never... And if it works, why fix it...

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