As much as you can appreciate the open nature of the Android ecosystem, updates become a challenge considering how the latest version of the operating system must remain compatible with so many smartphone manufacturers available in markets around the world.
Evidence of this problem can be seen in the latest report for Android 10, before the launch of Android 11 and we can see that companies like One Plus and Samsung are driving by a huge margin against other reliable competitors.
Computer World is considered a relatively authentic source for the annual analysis of Android updates, and over the years, Google’s efforts to make operations easier for OEMs seem to be in vain. The company continued to slow down and didn’t care about the expectations that its customers had from all the updates. But not in the 2020 report for Android 10. Just as 2019 raised some positive points, Android 10 also produced good news.
To begin with, the largest OEM Samsung gained a higher grade than F for the first time. The company managed to score D + (68%) and the credit for this lies with the way its team pushed Android 10 to S10 and Note 10, together with its S9 and Note 9 devices. This result is much better than the F (37%) of the previous year.
Although the results are commendable for Samsung, but there is still room for many improvements. Nonetheless, the company has at least worried about making some effort and has come a long way from trying hardly once. Overall, Samsung took 100 days to release the Android 10 update after Google had already launched it and therefore Samsung should and can do better.
So who is really on top? They are Google Pixel devices with a 100% score. Since they are the ones making the updates, their domain becomes very evident. One Plus also performed better than those with a B (85%) compared to a C (74%).
The general list, however, is as follows:
Motorola – F (0%)
HTC – F (0%)
LG – F (43%)
Samsung – D + (68%)
OnePlus – B (85%)
Google – A (100%)
For the rest, I’m just F. LG G8 took 129 days to update Android 10, but got 43% due to the lack of support for LG G7. The results are not even better for the company’s V series. Not so surprisingly, HTC and Motorola didn’t bother to implement Android 10 updates.
If we go beyond this list, Sony is another company whose rapid Android updates would be classified as One Plus and Samsung.
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