A year ago we made an article in which we demonstrated that Android 9 was the fastest updating version, whatever the statistics said. Today is 90 days since the official Android 10 release, and we wanted to continue the tradition by extending the analysis.
During these days we had a widespread impression that Android 10 was a version that was being deployed more slowly between the devices, so an interesting way to know if this is true is not to collect the update data and compare it directly.
Android 9 Pie is the fastest updating version, whatever the statistics say
Android 9 Pie still does not appear in the statistics, despite being the version of Android that has updated more models in the shortest time.
The data collected for the information is homegrown based on stable releases for each version released to the public of Android 10. Although the collection has been very rigorous, there is always the possibility that we have skipped some model (especially with Xiaomi, brand which only indicates the MIUI version and not Android). In any case it is possible that the information is modified to correct possible errors. You can access my data source in real time in this Google spreadsheet.
Devices that have been updated to Android 10
In these first 90 days of Android 10 we have seen how a large number of mobiles have been updated to the latest version. In this edition we have grouped the mobiles that belong to the same family, making a total of 15 devices, a figure that would be similar to last year. If we count them individually, the number would grow, indicating an upward trend with respect to updated devices.
Removing Google and Essential (which updates the same day as the big G), OnePlus's latest mobile wins the competition again, having taken only 18 days since the official launch and the publication of a stable version. On the other hand, the model of the previous year has taken 60 days to update, a figure that is not bad.
As for the number of devices, Huawei is the one who has deployed the most models. updating the family of the P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 Lite. Very remarkable this last model, being the only mid-range terminal in these first 90 days.
Asus is another great surprise having updated their flagship models Zenfone 6 and Zenfone 5Z within the deadline. This brand has also given a radical change in its personalization layer, as close as possible to pure Android.
LG G5, the latest LG mobile that achieved excellence in updates.
Finally highlight the flagships of Samsung and LG, and that is that South Korean companies re-enter within 90 days, something they had not achieved since 2016 in the case of LG with the LG G5 (74 days) and 2014 for Samsung with the Galaxy S5 (22 days). Hopefully they are not an isolated case and the new updates continue to improve progressively.
Has Android 10 been a faster version?
Well, if we take as reference the first 10 phones that have received Android 10 we get an average delay of 50.7 days, compared to 56.2 days with which Android 9 He held the position of being the fastest Android version in the top 10 phones (excluding Google Pixel).
These figures really are of little use to all those who do not have a mobile that is among the list of lucky ones, but they must be counted in consideration for the future. If you care about Android updates, in the end it is another factor to consider, beyond the relationship between technical features and price.
And what is this information for?
Information from the latest Android report.
Normally every update report, however much the figures show a fact, does not reflect the real situation of Android. Android reports show us that fighting fragmentation is impossible, since mobiles that are very old they will never receive an update. They only disappear when they are replaced by new devices.
Assessing fragmentation on Android is very complex, but knowing the phones that update better is important to recommend them.
Evaluating the whole situation would normally require focusing on the last 2 or 3 versions, and Still that study would not reflect the situation of Android. However, knowing which models are being updated quickly if that helps us to have a more accurate perspective on what types of mobiles are usually a more successful option if what we want is to know the safest bets.
A very typical mistake is to choose a brand because it generally updates well, and then perhaps choose a model of that brand that is not among the list of those that are updated well. The most efficient in the end is to look at first and last name: the brand and model.