Which manufacturer updates its phones the fastest? (Android 11 edition) (2023)

Which manufacturer updates its phones the fastest? (Android 11 edition) (1)

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Google declared Android 11 ready for prime time on September 8, 2020. At the time of writing, we’re fast approaching the OS’ six-month anniversary and the chatter is already turning towards the recently announced Android 12. Android rollouts have historically been a bit on the slow side, so how well did Android manufacturers do this time around? That’s exactly what we want to explore.

Timely Android updates are just as important as the number of years a manufacturer promises to support a product. After all, it’s no good receiving September’s security patch next April. Update speed should definitely be a factor when deciding on your next smartphone purchase. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve ranked the top 10 major brands by the time taken to bring Android 11 their last-gen flagship smartphones.

Our verdict: Android 11 review: The devil is in the details

Before we get into the numbers, there are some important notes:

  • This article is based on information found in ourAndroid 11 update tracker.
  • We’ve ranked the OEMs purely by the time to first update (excluding betas). However, some models and carrier variants may be left with a longer wait.
  • Updates roll out at different times in different regions for different people, so view the dates below as estimates.
  • We haven’t included Google’s Pixel phones as they’re the starting point for Android updates; making it the fastest OEM by default. If you want a phone that’s guaranteed to be updated quickly, a Google Pixel is the best place to start!

1. OnePlus

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
  • Date of first stable rollout: October 10, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 32

OnePlus was quick out of the gate with a beta version and started rolling out the stable version of Android 11 via OxygenOS 11to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro virtually a month after Google’s announcement. While not quite as fast as the 18 days it took OnePlus to roll out Android 10 last year, the company remains one of the fastest in the business when it comes to speedy updates.

Speed isn’t everything though, OxygenOS 11 has proven to be a controversial update, sporting a change in direction from the company’s previously minimalistic take on additional OS features.The OnePlus 8 series is currently on its sixth Android 11 update, with a number of fixes continuing to come in to patch up another less than smooth launch.

OnePlus has also rolled out Android 11 beta updates to its OnePlus 7 series and the affordable OnePlus Nord.


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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: OPPO Find X2, OPPO Find X2 Pro
  • Date of first stable rollout: November 3, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 56

Just like sibling company OnePlus, OPPO has quickly issued its updates to Android 11 over the past few months. The company took a very reasonable 56 days to begin rolling out the stable update to the OPPO Find X2 family of smartphones, delivering on its promise to provide an update before the end of 2020.

Based on Android 11, Color OS 11 is already rolling out to the F17 Pro and a selection of handsets in the company’s Reno series. A wider range of OPPO Reno handsets are scheduled to receive the same update in the first half of 2021, along with a selection of its A series phones. Well done this year, OPPO.

3. Xiaomi

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
  • Date of first stable rollout: November 9, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 62

Xiaomi is another Chinese manufacturer pushing out updates much faster this generation. 62 days to bring Android 11 to its Mi 10 flagship range is a record for the company, almost halving Android 10’s 122 days and a substantial improvement from the 200 days it took to roll out Android 7 Nougat.

It’s taken a little longer, but Xiaomi has also brought its MIUI 12 skin to its Redmi K30 phones and the affordable POCO F2 Pro in early 2021. The company’s Android 11 rollout hasn’t been all smooth sailing though. Reports of bricked Mi A3 smartphones brought its rollout to a halt, requiring users to send their phones into service centers for repairs. Speed isn’t everything.

4. realme

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: realme X50 Pro
  • Date of first stable rollout: December 4, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 87

realme was quick out of the gate with Android 11 beta updates for a rather large selection of its handsets in September 2020. However, it took until December for the first stable update to begin rolling out to the realme X50 Pro in India. Still, this makes realme one of the faster brands to roll out the latest version of Android.

Realme’s Android 11 beta roadmap points to a wide range of updates for various handsets throughout the end of 2020, continuing into the first and second quarters of 2021. However, it looks like the brand will be slower at bringing stable updates to its wider product portfolio.

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5. Samsung

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Date of first stable rollout: December 12, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 95

Samsung hasn’t had the best reputation for speedy updates in previous generations but that is gradually changing for the better. The Galaxy S20andNote 20 phones have been among the first to receive the latest version of Android, which began appearing over at select US carriers in mid-December 2020.

Samsung’s Android 11 / One UI 3.0 update appeared just a week or so behind the company’s upgrade to Android 10. Although many customers have been stuck in the frustrating situation where some regions and carriers have had to wait longer than others. Fortunately, most Galaxy S20 and Note 20 customers should have seen an update before the end of 2020, with updates to the Galaxy S10, Z Flip, and Fold, heading out in early 2021.

Read more: Samsung One UI 3.0 features: This is Android 11 on Samsung phones

6. Sony

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: Sony Xperia 1 II
  • Date of first stable rollout: December 14, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 97

Unlike Samsung, Sony has had a stellar reputation for bringing reasonably quick updates to its flagship smartphones and Android 11 is no exception. Coming in at essentially the same time as Samsung, the Sony Xperia 1 II received its upgrade in mid-December, providing you lived in Taiwan.

It took another week for the update to appear in Europe. Swiftly followed by upgrades to the Xperia 5 II and then older Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 in early 2021. If you’re rocking any of Sony flagships from the past two to three years, you’re probably already up and running with Android 11.


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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: ASUS Zenfone 6
  • Date of first stable rollout: December 29, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 112

ASUS was quick off the bat last year, rolling out Android 10 to its Zenfone 6 in just over two months. Sadly, the brand has been notably slower in its upgrade to Android 11, taking almost twice as long. Still, ASUS started rolling out its upgrade to the Zenfone 6 right at the last call in 2020.

Unfortunately, there no sign of a similar update for the ROG Phone 3. It took ASUS six months to bring Android 10 to the ROG Phone 2 and we’re heading for a disappointing repeat this time around too. At our last check-in, the ASUS ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro are still in beta testing.

8. LG

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: LG Velvet
  • Date of first stable rollout: January 30, 2021
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 144

Much like Samsung, LG is a company that has vastly improved its update turnaround time since Android 10, which landed on the LG G8 ThinQ in Korea in just 90 days. However, it took 139 days for the same update to hit the US and other markets.

With Android 11, LG clocked in a not dissimilar 144 days to upgrade the Velvet. However, we’re still waiting for the upgrade to make its way to other markets, making LG notably slower compared to last year. Although the upgrade should be arriving sometime in the first quarter of 2021. LG’s other high-end phones, such as the V60, G8X ThinQ, and Wing, will have to wait until at least Q2.

9. Motorola

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: Motorola Moto G Pro
  • Date of first stable rollout:January 30, 2021
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 144

Motorola has a reasonably solid reputation for speedy updates. While the company hasn’t quite managed to roll out Android 11 as quickly as it did Android 10 (144 vs 98 days), UK Moto G Pro customers were the first to receive Motorola’s update earlier in the year.

Motorola has also promised updates to a huge range of its Razr, Edge, One, and G range of smartphones in its Android 11 roadmap. Although we’re still waiting for these to start rolling out. Remember, Motorola has a habit of first releasing updates in Brazil first. So you may be in for an extra-long wait before Android 11 makes its way to you in the US or Europe.

10. HMD Global (Nokia)

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  • First device(s) with stable Android 11: Nokia 8.3
  • Date of first stable rollout: February 2, 2020
  • Days passed since official OS launch: 147

Oh dear Nokia, another company failing to live up to previous years. From fourth place last year to barely scraping in 10th this time around. Android 10 hit the Nokia 8.1 in just 36 days last generation, but Android 11 took a whopping 147 days for the Nokia 8.3 to see a stable update.

While HMD Global was quick to share its roadmap back in September 2020, we’re still waiting on news regarding the huge range of other handsets scheduled for an update. Worryingly, the company’s last high-end smartphone – 2019’s Nokia 9 Pureview – sits at the bottom of the roadmap with an upgrade promised for sometime in Q2 2021.

What about the other OEMs?

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If you’ve been following our coverage of Android rollout speeds over the years you may have spotted a few absences from our last top 10. Essential is no more, for example, and the company claimed the top spot for its Android 10 rollout to the Essential Phone, which landed on day zero.

Similarly, HUAWEI and HONOR, who were previously pretty snappy, are both still running Android 10 with their latest EMUI 11 update. So neither qualifies for a spot in our Android 11 top 10, despite EMUI 11 landing on the HUAWEI P40 Pro rather promptly.

Last year’s results: Android 10 rollout: Which phone brand was fastest?

Other brands are simply slower than our top 10 and some haven’t even started rolling out stable builds of Android 11 to any of their devices at the time of writing. vivo, for example, only just pushed out a beta version to its vivo V19 handset in India on February 9. HTC, which is lying dormant anyway, has nothing at all to report for its smartphones and we could well be in for a wait until March or beyond.

The good news though is that most of the industry’s biggest Android brands have managed to push out a stable release of Android 11 to their biggest flagship handsets in a reasonably timely fashion.

That’s a wrap on our Android 11 rollout roundup. If you’re keen to look ahead to what’s coming up with the next iteration of Android, check out our Android 12 coverage below.

  • Android 12: All the info we know so far
  • Leaked Android 12 screenshots reveal UI changes and privacy features
  • Android 12 could get a colorful, new theming system


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Which Android phone has the most software updates? ›

The new Samsung Galaxy S23 series is currently offering the most Android OS updates as of now. Samsung promises 4 Android updates and 5 years of security updates and based on Samsung's promises, it delivers. Hence, the Galaxy S23 will be supported until 2028, by which most of you might upgrade to a new one.

Which is the best Android 11? ›

Experience what Android 11 has to offer on devices made for the latest and greatest.
  • Samsung. Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.
  • Samsung. Galaxy S20 5G.
  • Google. Pixel 4a.
  • Samsung. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.
  • OnePlus. 8 Pro.

What is the fastest Android version? ›

1 Android 13

It's the fastest Android option, most adaptable, and most customizable in history. It only recently launched in August of 2022. The latest search and interface menus are among the best, with a QR code scanner and changeable notifications making this incredibly user-friendly.

Which Android manufacturer updates its phones the longest? ›

Samsung currently leads the Android smartphone market in software updates, surpassing even Google. Since the S22 generation, Samsung has provided four years of major updates and two years of additional support for its high-end devices and folding phones, including the S23, S22, S21, and their respective models.

What is the most advanced Android operating system? ›

Android 12 is our most personal OS ever, featuring dynamic color capabilities that can transform your experience based on your wallpaper and responsive motion that responds to your touch. Even the widgets have been given a facelift, with your favorite people always available right there on your home screen.

Which smartphone has best software? ›

  • Google Pixel 7. Best Software Experience. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Best for Artists and Photographers. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S23+ Best Android Flagship for Most People. ...
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro. Best High-End Pixel Phone. ...
  • Google Pixel 6a. Best Affordable Pixel Phone. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. ...
  • OnePlus 11 5G. ...
  • OnePlus Nord N300.

What is the latest version of Android 11? ›

Android 11
OS familyAndroid
General availabilitySeptember 8, 2020
Latest release11.0.0_r67 (RSV1.210329.089) / May 1, 2023
Support status
8 more rows

How can I speed up my Android 11? ›

Restart phone

It's a good idea to restart the Android phone once every few days like every other machine, such as a laptop and desktop. Restarting can also speed up the Android device, although not for a longer time frame. Rebooting also helps to delete temporary files and free up resources in the background.

Which is best Android 11 for Android 12? ›

At a glance, Android 12 is more customizable and personalized for you, and has a heavier focus on performance and privacy than Android 11. If you're familiar with Apple's personalization tools in its latest iOS versions, that seems to be what Google is trying to emulate in its Android 12 release.

Which Android has the fastest processor? ›

The Galaxy S23 series comes equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 For Galaxy processor. This is a custom chipset from Qualcomm that's made specifically for Samsung smartphones and is faster than the vanilla Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This processor has broken all records to become the fastest Android smartphone.

What Android phone has the fastest processor? ›

Best Android/Qualcomm Chip: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

The 8-core processor is found at the heart of the top Android phones including the Samsung Galaxy S22 series and the OnePlus 10 Pro. The 8-cores are split into three ARMv9 cores. It has 1 Cortex-X2 core, 3 A710 cores, and 4 A510 cores.

Is Android 11 still good in 2023? ›

According to the latest distribution figures for April 2023, Android 11 leads the pack with 23.5% adoption, followed by Android 10 at 18.5% and Android 12 at 16.5%. Surprisingly, Android 9, released in 2018, still powers 12.3% of Android devices in use today.

Which Android is no longer supported? ›

Android OS
ReleaseReleasedSecurity Support
7 'Nougat'6 years and 9 months ago (22 Aug 2016)No
6 'Marshmallow'7 years ago (05 Oct 2015)No
5 'Lollipop'8 years ago (12 Nov 2014)No
4.4 'KitKat'9 years ago (31 Oct 2013)No
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Mar 30, 2023

Which brand has best OS? ›

Top 10 Operating Systems
  • iOS.
  • Windows 10.
  • macOS Sierra.
  • Android.
  • Chrome OS.
  • Windows 7.
  • Ubuntu.
  • Red Hat Linux.

Which Android phone gets updates first? ›

As reported by SamMobile, the first Android device to receive the first security update of 2023 is (drum roll, please) the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ released in 2019.

What is the most advanced OS in the world? ›

iOS: The World's Most Advanced and Powerful Operating System in Its Most Advanced Form Vs. Android: The World's Most Popular Mobile Platform | TechRepublic.

Why Android 11 is best? ›

Though Android 11 is a much less intensive update than Apple iOS 14, it brings many welcome new features to the mobile table. We're still waiting on full functionality of its Chat Bubbles, but other new messaging features, as well as screen recording, home controls, media controls, and new privacy settings work well.

Which operating system is most powerful? ›

The world's most powerful supercomputers use Linux. A supercomputer is a device whose computing capabilities are by far higher than those of common computers. The most powerful supercomputer nowadays exceeds 1,190 Petaflops (PFlops). This is a performance no personal device can achieve.

Which Android phone has best performance? ›

Best Performance Mobile Phones (Jun 2023)
Latest Best Performance Mobile Phones (Jun ) ModelsPrice
Samsung Galaxy A14 5GRs. 15,990
Samsung Galaxy M14Rs. 13,990
POCO F5Rs. 29,999
vivo V27Rs. 32,999
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Which phone has the best lifespan? ›

The average iPhone lifespan is 4-10 years. Apple models generally last much longer than what is expected of most smartphones, which typically only last two to four years. iPhones are also considered to have the highest lifespan among all smartphone brands in the industry.

What is the difference between Android 11 Go Edition and Android 11? ›

Android (Go edition) is a mobile operating system built for entry-level smartphones with less RAM than standard in higher-end devices. Android (Go edition) runs much lighter and saves data, letting Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) build affordable, entry-level devices that empower people with possibility.

What is the latest Android version 2023? ›

The Android 14 Preview program runs from February 2023 until the final public release to AOSP and OEMs, planned for later in the year.

How can I increase my Android speed? ›

If your phone is running slowly, try out these tips to optimize your Android's performance speed and get your phone running like normal.
  1. Restart your phone. ...
  2. Check your Android device for updates. ...
  3. Free up storage space. ...
  4. Clear your cache. ...
  5. Uninstall unused apps. ...
  6. Turn off animations. ...
  7. Use Lite edition apps. ...
  8. Remove excessive widgets.
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What Android version is current? ›

The Latest Version of Android is 13.0

Android 13 is the latest version of Android, and it was released on August 15, 2022. It arrived first on Google Pixel phones, but was quickly rolled out to Samsung Galaxy devices as well.

What is the name of the latest Android version? ›

The latest version of Android OS is 12, released in October 2021.

Can Android 11 be updated to Android 13? ›

If the update available on the device is Android 13, then yes, you can jump directly from 11 to 13.

Which phone has the best processing speed? ›

Best Processor for Mobile 2023
RankProcessor NamePhone
1Apple A16 BionicApple iPhone 14 Pro Max
2Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
3Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
4Dimensity 9200
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Which device has the fastest processor? ›

Intel claims that the 5.6GHz turbo boost clock speed of the new Core i9 chip is the fastest mobile processor as of December 2022, with 11 percent faster single-thread performance and 49 percent faster multitask performance over the prior-generation Intel Core i9-12900HK chip.

Who has the fastest processor? ›

The 13th Gen Intel Core processor family, which was announced at Intel Innovation in September 2022, introduced the 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900K, announced as the world's fastest desktop processor.

Which smartphone has the most powerful chip? ›

The Apple A16 Bionic is most powerful mobile chipset yet—outperforming even the latest one from Qualcomm. It runs on TSMC's 4 nanometer process node with 6 cores (2x 3.46 GHz – Everest and 4x 2.02 GHz – Sawtooth). Take note of the 3.46 GHz clock speed.

Which is the fastest phone in the world 2023? ›

MWC 2023: Realme GT 3 launched as the world's fastest-charging phone | Technology News,The Indian Express.

Which smartphone has the fastest? ›

The company says that iQoo 11 5G is the fastest smartphone in India (based on AnTuTu score tested in the iQoo lab environment for the top-end model.) iQoo 11 5G pricein India is set at Rs 59,999 for 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant and Rs 64,999 for the 16GB RAM + 256GB storage version.

How long will Android 11 get updates? ›

Devices launched in 2019 or later receive four years of security updates, while newer devices receive up to five years.

How long will Samsung support Android 11? ›

In early 2022, the company announced it would offer four generations of One UI and Android OS upgrades and five years of security patches, starting with the Galaxy S21 series from 2021. This policy helps cement the company's devices as some of the best Android phones.

Can Android 11 be upgraded to 12? ›

If you have a supported Google Pixel device, you can check and update your Android version to receive Android 12 over the air. In most cases, you don't need to do a full reset of your data to move to Android 12, but it's recommended that you back up data before installing Android 12 on your device.

What phones are no longer supported? ›

Some tracfones, flip phones, Jitterbugs and even older-style smartphones will no longer be able to make calls once the networks are taken down. Most of these phones, which are sometimes called “third generation” phones were launched nearly 20 years ago and will no longer work with most of the carriers in 2022.

Which Android versions still receive security updates? ›

Devices with Android 10 and later may receive security updates as well as Google Play system updates.

What is the lowest supported Android? ›

From now on, the lowest level of Android will be supporting is Android 6 (Marshmallow). Why raise minimum supported versions generally? The main reason why development companies stop supporting older versions ( of all sort of software ) is because continuing support requires extra work.

Which Android phone is best for long term? ›

Our favorite Android phones:
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Best Overall Android. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus. Also great Android flagship. ...
  • Google Pixel 7 (Snow) Best Value Android Phone. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy A54 5G. Best Mid-Range Android. ...
  • OnePlus 11. ...
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro. ...
  • Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
May 8, 2023

What is the best Android phone for security updates? ›

The Pixel 7 offers the best version of Android, with guaranteed security updates through fall 2027—plus the best Android smartphone camera we've ever tested. It also has excellent build quality and costs half as much as Samsung's Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Which OS is better than Android? ›

Whether iOS is better than Android in security is now up for debate, but the consensus still gives Apple the upper hand. iOS has more consistent updates for all devices, a closed ecosystem that is harder to penetrate, and a stricter app store.

Do old Android phones still get updates? ›

A good rule of thumb is that a phone will no longer be supported if it's two to three years old. This varies from company to company, however. Google's older Pixel phones typically got three years of software updates, but it upped that to five years of guaranteed updates with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Which devices will get Android 13? ›

Google confirmed that all Pixel devices from the Pixel 4 will get Android 13. This means the Pixel 4, 4XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, and 6 Pro. The 3a and 3a XL have seen their final updates, while the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will launch with Android 13 onboard.

How many Android updates does Samsung have? ›

Samsung previously pledged to offer four years' worth of security updates for its hardware and three years of software upgrades back in 2021. However, this commitment to a full four years of major operating system updates, plus five years of security updates, has helped spur similar movements from other brands.

Why don t all Android phones get updates? ›

The problem with Android updates

And because each manufacturer is responsible for providing security updates to the phones they make, Google doesn't update Android devices' core systems directly (unless you have a Google phone).

What versions of Android are being phased out? ›

Android OS
ReleaseReleasedSecurity Support
10 'Queen Cake'3 years and 8 months ago (03 Sep 2019)Ended 2 months and 1 week ago (06 Mar 2023)
9 'Pie'4 years and 9 months ago (06 Aug 2018)No
8.1 'Oreo'5 years ago (05 Dec 2017)No
8.0 'Oreo'5 years and 8 months ago (21 Aug 2017)No
19 more rows
Mar 30, 2023

How many years Motorola phones get updates? ›

Motorola generally provides support for their phones for two years post-release. However, high-end models such as the Motorola Edge 30 series have been confirmed to get up to three years of updates. This will take them from Android 12 to Android 15, which will be released sometime in 2024.

How long will Android 11 be supported? ›

Android 11
Latest release11.0.0_r67 (RSV1.210329.089) / May 1, 2023
Kernel typeMonolithic Kernel (Linux kernel)
Preceded byAndroid 10
Succeeded byAndroid 12
Support status
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How many updates will Samsung Galaxy S23 get? ›

The Galaxy S23 series phones will get up to four major Android OS updates and up to five years of security updates.

Which Samsung phones are no longer supported? ›

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e are no longer eligible for Android security updates. The three phones have reached the End of Life as they were launched four years back. Samsung tweaked its update policy last year but it did not apply to Galaxy S20 or older phones.

What happens when a phone no longer gets updates? ›

In a nutshell, no, you should not use a phone that doesn't receive updates. The main reason being that the lack of security updates leaves your phone vulnerable to malicious actors. Cybercriminals come up with new ways to bypass security measures in software to get hold of confidential data.

What is the oldest supported Android version? ›

Android 1.0 (No Nickname)

Initial version: 1.0; released on September 23, 2008, and called Petit Four internally. Final version: 1.1, Released on February 9, 2009. Google no longer supports Android 1.0.

Is Android 11 or 12 better? ›

At a glance, Android 12 is more customizable and personalized for you, and has a heavier focus on performance and privacy than Android 11. If you're familiar with Apple's personalization tools in its latest iOS versions, that seems to be what Google is trying to emulate in its Android 12 release.

Is Android 11 good? ›

If you want the latest technology first—such as 5G—Android is for you. If you can wait for a more polished version of new features, head to iOS. In all, Android 11 is a worthy upgrade—as long as your phone model supports it. It's still a PCMag Editors' Choice, sharing that distinction with the also-impressive iOS 14.

What is the latest version of Android in 2023? ›

At I/O 2023, Google officially unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system — the Android 14. While the first beta of the same was limited to Pixel smartphones, the 2nd beta has been made available for partner phones, tablets, and foldables.

Why did Motorola stop making phones? ›

Motorola's problem was that it was a hardware technology company, but from the mid-2000s it was software driving the mobile phone business. Here Motorola was weak – their phone's interface was seen as clunky compared to its rivals, and their smartphones dithered between Linux and Windows-based operating systems.

Is Motorola going to stop making cell phones? ›

But now Lenovo has announced that it will kill off the US mobile phone pioneer's name. It will keep Moto, the part of Motorola's product naming that has gained traction in recent years, but Moto smartphones will be branded under Lenovo.


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