- Nokia tops among the competition when it comes to delivering software and security updates.
- Samsung and Xiaomi possess the second and third places, respectively.
- HMD Global has updated its range of Nokia phones to Pie and plans to update most of them to Android 10 as well.
HMD Global’s Nokia showed more alacrity than any other phone vendors when it comes to delivering the latest Android updates on existing smartphones. Almost 96% of all Nokia smartphones, sold cumulatively after Q3 2018, are running on Android 9 (Pie) or have been issued an update, claims Counterpoint Research’s latest whitepaper- Software and Security Updates: The Missing Link for Smartphones.
“OS and security updates are an aspect of Android smartphones that get relatively little attention. And perhaps as a result of makers aren’t talking concerning it, consumer awareness is also low. It doesn’t seem among the 10 options shoppers say they care concerning most, in our research,” points out Peter Richardson, Research Director at Counterpoint Research in a press statement.
“Among the top 10 smartphone makers, nearly 96 percent of Nokia smartphones, sold cumulatively since Q3 2018, is already running on Android Pie or have had an Android Pie update issued to them,” Counterpoint’s Associate Director, Tarun Pathak said. Samsung comes second in the rankings with 89 percent and Xiaomi is third at 84 percent.
It ought to in all probability come back as no surprise that LG is insulation behind the leading pack. We complain perpetually concerning LG’s ability to stay its devices up to now, and it’s with good reason. Just 16 PF of LG smartphones is running on Pie. This fact alone makes it very hard to recommend picking up an LG phone if updates are important to you.
According to Android Distribution Dashboard, for the month of May 2019, the latest version 9 of Android accounts for just 10% of all devices, while Android 8 runs on 28.3% of devices. Rest of the devices run on Android 7 or even older versions.
Nokia is one of the few phone vendors that has embraced Google’s Android One program. All its handsets outside of China are part of the program and run stock Android out of the box, which assures timely software and security updates on all devices for a period of 2 years. This has helped the company to push the updates on time.
HMD world recently proclaimed its android ten update roadmap for Nokia smartphones. The company plans to update the majority its existing Nokia phones to android ten by Q2 2020, thus by the appearance of it you’ll be able to expect to visualize HMD maintain its ranking next year as well.