Which brands are most likely to continue releasing OS updates for Android phones and tablets?

Drsunil V June 25, 2014
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Which brands are likelier to get Android system updates to their models even as long as two years after the models’ release? For example , if I get a tablet from Dell and phone from Micromax , then which of the two would provide new system updates?

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  1. Jordynbushaw
    June 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Normally it's the brands that care enough about their customers that determines this.

    • Sunil
      June 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks. Nice point. Please enumerate few brands , which increase the probability that their customer would receive upgrades

  2. Hovsep A
    June 26, 2014 at 8:44 am

    they will release firmware updates if the hardware support upcoming Android versions or it can be version updates

    • Sunil
      June 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      What is the likelihood of Dell Venue 7 receiving Android 5.0 upgrade?
      Is it a rule that mid-range models are likelier to get upgrade than low-end models?
      Is it true that if Dell releases another model before Android 5.0 , then it would reduce probability of earlier model ( Venue 7 ) to receive Android 5.0 upgrade? Thank you man

    • Hovsep A
      June 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      If in fact the quad-core requirement for Android 5.0 comes from Google, then other manufacturers will not be able to upgrade their dual-core smartphones or tablets beyond Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as well.
      http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/03/26/samsung-quad-core-cpu-required-for-android-5-0/
      now things can change for other processors to get Android 5.0

      New in Android: L Developer Preview and Google Play Services 5.0
      http://android-developers.blogspot.fr/2014/06/developer-preview-and-play-services-5.html

      Setting Up the Preview SDK
      http://developer.android.com/preview/setup-sdk.html
      for now they can try on Nexus 5 and nexus 7 Wi-Fi (version 2, released in 2013)
      http://www.android.gs/android-5-0-l-factory-images-for-nexus-5-and-nexus-7-available-tomorrow/

      Galaxy S II & Galaxy Note to get Android 4.2.2, Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S III & Galaxy Note II
      http://www.sammobile.com/2013/03/18/galaxy-s-ii-galaxy-note-to-get-android-4-2-2-android-5-0-for-the-galaxy-s-iii-galaxy-note-ii/

    • Drsunil V
      June 28, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Is quad core the reason for Android One project with low-end manufacturers?

    • Hovsep A
      June 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      if Android 5.0 high-end specs requirements are confirmed then many low end dual core porcessor devices will not receive the Android 5.0 update. Android 3.0 Honeycomb was a tablet-only OS but then Android 4.0 was optimized for both smartphones and tablets, then with Android 4.4 kitkat google lowered memory requirements so that low end phones can get that too, now maybe Android 5.0 google will shift back to tablets and perhaps to notebooks but nothing confirmed yet.

    • Sunil
      July 2, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Does it imply that Android One ( low-end ) and Android L ( high end , quad core hardware ) contradictory and different projects?

    • Hovsep A
      July 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      well i dont know if there are different projects or by time Google will lower hardware requirements, but i think devices who have just a 512MB of RAM will be supported now for processors this is another question, nothing definitive yet.

  3. Ben S
    June 26, 2014 at 4:07 am

    In addition, the Nexus devices, such as the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, are straight from Google and as such receive Android updates much sooner than other makers, like Samsung. I just received the 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 updates within less than a week of each other.

    • Drsunil V
      June 26, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Thanks. Can you please add / enumerate brand names which are likelier to receive android system updates even , say two years after release of it's model?

    • Susendeep D
      June 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Mostly Samsung releases updates for its flagship models like Note and S(4,5) series.HTC has also improved but US gets it first.

    • Susendeep D
      June 26, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I think that both companies might provide you update only once.Micormax did provided update via store visit whereas Dell via OTA.

      Now,Google has launched Android One in which Micormax,Spice and Karbon will have a phone which will run stock Android and will get same treatment as Google Play Edition(GPe) devices.

    • Oron J
      June 26, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Good point about Nexus Ben, they are more likely to receive updates than other devices.

    • Sunil
      June 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      @Ben : Which brands in addition to Nexus , are likelier to receive upgrades even years after it's purchase?
      @Susendeep : Dear, The store visit upgrade by MMX got stopped by company itself if you may have read. Why won't dell venue 7 would get only one upgrade?

  4. Chinmay S
    June 26, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Go for Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets. They recently got Android 4.4.2 update.
    Please read this article for more information.

    • Drsunil V
      June 26, 2014 at 6:21 am

      Thanks. The query , as asked is , whether it would continue to receive updates , say , even two years after it's model release?

    • Howard B
      July 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Unfortunately, the latest Android version is 4.4.4 - which includes the (critically important) Heartbleed fix (yes, client devices can include OpenSSL, and Heartbleed allows malicious websites - whether bogus sites or infected with injected scripts - to gather info from Android devices).

    • Howard B
      July 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Current Motorola devices, Google Play Edition devices, and Nexus devices are the only ones you can actually *depend* on getting updates, and who knows what Google will do in regards to Motorola after the sale of the Motorola "devices" division to Lenovo?
      LG and Samsung have also been pretty good about updates, but it all depends on the number of devices sold (popularity), difficulty in preparing an update (making sure new versions of Android don't break device functionality, like display and cellular modem drivers), and whether it's worth doing the support for failed updates (if something goes wrong, the first person you contact is the manufacturer; if it's more likely an update will fail, it won't be worth the $$$ to support end users; if 99.9999% of updates go smoothly, it's cheap).

    • Sunil
      July 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

      Please note , The query , as asked is , whether it would continue to receive updates , say , even two years after it’s model release?

    • Chinmay S
      July 2, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Last year I bought Samsung Galaxy S4. Currently it is stuck at Android 4.2.2. If a brand like Samsung doesn't release updates for its last year best phone, then what can I say about other companies?

      But I saw the tech specs of Venue 7 and they look pretty good. So chances are that it will most probably receive Android 5.0 update.

      Android updates are not regular. They don't have any specific release date. Apple releases new version of OS every year in September so even 4 years old iPhone will receive update. According to me, it is highly unlikely that Venue 7 will receive update even after 2 years. The same can be said for Venue 8.

      By the way, sorry for the late reply. I had read your earlier comment but then got busy in some other work and forgot to reply.

    • Sunil
      July 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Howard B and Chinmay S. It's okay Chinmay. You have replied to repeated clarifications though you are not obliged to reply , which is nice of you.

  5. Jan F
    June 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    OS support for devices is mostly influenced by the devices "tier" and refresh cycle.

    A higher tier device (flagship device, most expensive one) is most likely to get updates the fastest and for the longest time. If a devices family has seen a refresh, a new generation, then the older one no longer has priority for updates and at some point will be dropped all together.

    Between manufacturers I would say a smaller and/or lesser known manufacturer is more likely to offer a long term support than global player who release new hardware twice a year or more frequent.

    • Drsunil V
      June 26, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Thanks. Do you mean that Dell has released Venue 7 tab. If it releases newer model , then Venue 7 tab would not receive updates after newer model of Dell gets released in market?

    • Susendeep D
      June 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Yes.

    • Sunil
      July 3, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Thanks. I understand that Nexus devices are most likely to not only receive updates but continue receiving updates. Please tell , that for non-Nexus devices what factors increase the likelihood to receive updates ( repeated updates ). Is it the specs or is it the brand reputation. If brand , then which non-Nexus brand names do you think would receive updates? Is Dell brand in Google list of upgrades?

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