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Here are the manufacturers that give better Android update support

Android has friends, many friends in fact, who we call manufacturers. Some of them are known worldwide, while others have very little public awareness. But if there is something that differentiates one from the other, regardless of fame, it's their update support policies. Here we'll discuss the manufacturers that give better support to customers of their phones. Note: please don't judge the length (or shortness) of this list just yet.

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1. Google

Google isn't technically a manufacturer, but passes the task of building devices to smartphone manufacturers it works with. But since Google is responsible for working on the Nexus line, we will consider it as one more important.

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The Nexus family gets some of the most support on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

We all know the policy updates from Google which give its Nexus devices support for up to two years. This has allowed the Nexus 5 to have a second life, as my colleague Luis told me about how Marshmallow had breathed new life into this popular phone. Google, in this regard, is a company to envy when compared with smartphones from other manufacturers.

2. Moto by Lenovo

One of the biggest advantages of Google buying Motorola was that its phones came with virtually stock Android. This has meant that its software not only functions very smoothly without requiring high-end hardware, but updates come out very quickly.

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Moto gives up to two years of update support. / © ANDROIDPIT

It is expected that phones from 2014 will receive Marshmallow (in case you haven't yet), and will have support for two years just like Google. What we hope is that Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola does not change things for the worse, otherwise one of its strongest points would go down the toilet.

3. Sony

The Japanese manufacturer is another that supports devices for up to two years, even though the Xperia Z family is the most pampered in this regard. However, some mid-range phones have also receive,  or will receive, Marshmallow.

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Two-year-old Xperia phones will get Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Xperia Z2 is the oldest phone to receive Marshmallow, and is included in a beta program. You may not see this phone get Android N officially, but at least we know that Sony is a manufacturer giving more support, although in some cases a little slower.

4. HTC

HTC is one of those who also wants to satisfy its customers and supports, also, phones for up to two years. If the upgrade to the new version of HTC Sense 8.0 also lightens the amount of bloatware in the HTC 10, this might happen faster.

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Quite a few HTC phones may upgrade to Marshmallow and receive the HTC Sense 8.0 skin. / © ANDROIDPIT

The One family generally gets decent support, including the One M7 to M9, plus the One A9. The more recent Desire devices are also supported. If they maintain this policy and also reduce the prices of its smartphones, HTC could once again become a successful manufacturer.

5. Huawei/Honor

We'll round off the list with a Chinese manufacturer that, albeit slowly, is releasing Marshmallow to many of its devices. This is especially the case for high-end Huawei devices, although it is still unknown whether the Huawei P7, released two years ago, will get Marshmallow. Moreover, it is also confirmed that the Mate S will (if not already) receive Marshmallow.

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Huawei must refresh EMUI to update many of its current phones. / © ANROIDPIT

Honor will update some of its phones regardless of whether they are upper or mid-range. Although it doesn't stand out as much as others on this list, it is clear that the Chinese manufacturer has made an effort to update as many phones as possible considering the aggressive customization of EMUI.

Conclusion

The theme of the updates is something that gives many people a headache. Many will stop buying a certain brand's phones because they hate their update policy. The different policies of manufacturers are responsible for the unwelcome fragmentation of Android, leaving many phones running obsolete versions.

Only those privileged who have purchased a relatively recent high-end phone will be fortunate to receive updates. But, make no mistake, this satisfaction will not last long. Some people think that Google should be tougher with manufacturers to make updates faster and last longer.

Some people think that Google should be tougher with manufacturers

Left off this list is a manufacturer as famous as Samsung, which, with the overload of new phones each year, the Korean company simply can not support them all. In many cases it is slow, but at least updates several of its models. Lesser-known manufacturers such as Xiaomi or Meizu never update more than several of its phones.

Are you one of the lucky ones who has already received Marshmallow? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I have the OnePlus One with Marshmallow. Although it is Cyanogen OS so I don't know if OnePlus has anything to do with the updates.

  • I have a Sony Z5C for the majority of use a Samsung J7 for the workshop as the risk of damage is less of a concern
    Sony makes them look like amateurs by comparison

  • Suo Eno 4 months ago Link to comment

    "Some people think that Google should be tougher with manufacturers"
    1. They shouldn't have sold off Moto in the 1st place just to appease Samsung. I mean f**k em they already got a fallback = Tizen in place at the end of the day (though I'll be there to laugh my ass off once Samsung even attempt to match up to Play store's ubiquity).

    2. Like it or not warts and all, Google still enjoys the luxury of being able to still reel in the numbers even with OEMs staying 2 steps back on Android version. Imagine that with no overheads of phone/hardware manufacturing and/or outsourced.

    3. They're still messing about with Android One, Pixel and Ara right now it's just an inch away from being a mere aggravation to us all. Sometimes too much money isn't a good thing....

    So right now best possible stopgap is to save up, get an angler/Nexus6P then call that a day. Officially right now even Google already mandated a 2 year maximum OS/sw support for Nexus so that's the other left kick to the nut **shrugs**. Advantage here is that a Nexus is still almost guaranteed as the only best badged droid device that can expect 3 - 4 years 3rd devs' support over all other non-Nexus flagships.

  • I have a Galaxy Note 5 and Marshmallow for 2 months.

  • My Samsung Galaxy S6 took so long to get the Marshmallow update, but I still don't care. Best smartphone of 2016 SUCKAS!!!!

  • Samsung is very lazy with updates...they are the worst...makes the best hardwares but bad at softwares. Was shocked when i learnt s5 will gt marshmallow but note 3 with 3 gig ram wont. I still love their devices though but i will need to gt an iphone or a nexus device so i can xperience good software while enjoying samsung hardware.

  • 303tk4 4 months ago Link to comment

    I really want Google to unfold the rating of manufacturers, in terms of updating OS. Android Pit has done a very good job, but google's official one talks more.

  • I recently bought a mid range device : Honor 5X. I chose this over Redmi Note 3 and Galaxy J5 and J7 simply because it received Marshmallow before any of these devices. Also, I'm pretty sure the Honor 5X will receive Nougat, though I'm not sure about the other devices.

  • I am most excited about the updates that Sony and HTC that will be going to do. They are the two most trusted manufacturers of Android smartphone and they have been making a huge buzz every time they launch a new model.

  • Nexus is the best way to go if you want updates. I have friends that have Motorola and they didn't get marshmallow until months after Nexus.

    • Nexus phones really are the gold standard for update support. Motorola is very close behind Nexus phones and way ahead of manufacturers like Samsung. I think for many people, update support might just be the reason that they decide to buy a Nexus.

  • Ji Ki 4 months ago Link to comment

    Real sorry to say, but Motorola has not been good with updates. Bought the original Moto X 2013 XT1053 Developers Edition. While carrier brands received the Lollipop update quite late. I didn't get notification until this year 2016. Even the Moto X Pure does not have Marshmallow yet. Motorola has a great product, terrible support on the high end products. Many people have sworn off Moto for lax support. Hell, Android N will be out in a few months. Some Nexus friends are already on N. That's why I am a Nexus customer now with Project Fi.

    • I agree that Motorola basically has a non existing support, but I think you're a bit butthurt too. I have the Moto X Style (Pure) and I got the notification for Marshmallow already in mid November to update to Android 6.0.

      Motorola is still great, even if it's owned by Lenovo. I'm more curious if it will support Android Nougat however.

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        Darcy 4 months ago Link to comment

        Motorola in Australia has told me both Moto X Style & Moto X Play will receive the Android Nougat update when it is ready. I was offered Marshmallow for my Moto X Style too but I'm in no rush for it.

    • The Moto X Pure most certainly does have Marshmallow. I'm replying with one right now.

  • Clear exposure of Samsung's weakness! Just wishing Note 4 would get Android N ✌

  • My oukitel k10000 got updated to marshmallow 2-3 weeks ago

  • Just wished we had Nokia in the android market as they were superb on updates for there phones

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