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New service ranks smartphone manufacturers by number of updates
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New service ranks smartphone manufacturers by number of updates

There are many contentious topics in the realm of Android smartphones - be it notches, design materials or how many cameras a phone should have. However, one thing pretty much everyone agrees on, is that manufacturers should provide prolonged support in the form of updates, especially for expensive flagship devices. This is why the new AOSMark service will help consumers make a more informed choice - by ranking brands by the number of software updates they push out on average.

AOSMark ranks Android smartphone manufacturers on a scale from 0 to 6, with 6 being the highest. On their website, the team shares that they hope their service leads to more people demanding software updates, because "being on newer Android OS versions is essential to use new apps, cool OS features and better security." They have also provided a list of the best twenty manufacturers, as well as a hall of fame for most updated devices.

Some of the top manufacturers and devices according to AOSMark. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

As expected, Google tops the chart as the manufacturer with most updates. However, there are quite a few surprises further down. Wileyfox, Zebra and other virtual unknowns (to the average consumer) are ahead of mainstream brands, such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The Hall of Fame can also be an eye-opener, with Sony devices occupying two of the top three slots.

If you are wondering how the team behind the AOSMark project reached these rankings, you should first know that minor version updates are usually not considered: "the score include only updates to Android versions that changed API levels*. For example, Android 7.0 -> 7.1 is considered one upgrade even though both their names are Nougat. But Android 7.1 -> 7.1.1 is not considered as an upgrade since their API level is unchanged. Additionally, security updates and other minor updates are not counted."

This means there is room for improvement in their ranking methods. It is also noticeable that manufacturers like Google, which only offers flagships, obviously perform better than those which offer low and mid-range phones too - these devices are less likely to receive as much support. Currently, AOSMark does not take update timeliness into account either, but the team hopes to add this in the future.

What do you think of AOSMark? Are you excited that there is finally a service which ranks manufacturer by number of updates? Let us know in the comments.


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  • F.Alam 4 months ago Link to comment

    Nice I Information

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    Deactivated Account 4 months ago Link to comment

    Just checked now and the website seems wrong? It states the Nokia 8 Sirocco have received Android Pie which is hasn't received yet. Juho Sarvikas Nokia CPO promised Android Pie would be released in November which wasn't. It's now the first of January and at the time of writing this I haven't received it yet neither have I seen it being announced that it has been released. People complaining on Juho Sarvikas' twitter page and Nokia's forum about it. It also seem to state 2 updates of Pie if I understand the site correctly but like I stated none of these have materialized to my knowledge. Is there a way to contact them and bring it under their attention other than their email address?

    • The service is brand new, so there might be some mistakes. Also, in some regions updates are pushed by cell carriers, instead of the manufacturer. I am assuming the information on their website relates to unlocked devices outside of those regions, but I can contact them and double check. At the moment, the only way to get in touch with them is the email provided on their website.

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    Deactivated Account 4 months ago Link to comment

    Great article Suzana. And thanks for bringing this under my attention. Glad to see someone see the importance of software/firmware updates. Finally there's a place that take notice and will hopefully inform users of how reliable manufacturers are updating their devices now and in the future. Hopefully they will take notice of Nokia and how they are treating their flagship device clients (Nokia 8 and Sirocco users).

  • Not surprised to see that Google holds the top spot. Interesting that there are unknown manufacturers to the US that dO better than Samsung and LG.