Nokia leads in updating its smartphones, Samsung 2nd

Joanna Estrada
August 30, 2019

According to findings contained in Counterpoint Research's latest whitepaper titled Software and Security Updates: The Missing Link for Smartphones, almost 96% of Nokia smartphones, sold cumulatively since Q3 2018, is already running on Android Pie or have had an Android Pie update issued to them. In their recent report about the state of software and security maintenance in the smartphone world, Counterpoint Research recognized that. The company on Friday also confirmed that other Pro series smart TVs in its portfolio will get the Android TV 9.0 update later and it is hard at work at bringing the same update to non-Pro models as well. If we put what Nokia Mobile's is doing in the context of how the whole industry is performing, we see that Nokia Mobile is a market leader in software updates. Nokia Mobile also upgraded nearly the entire Nokia smartphones portfolio in less than a year on the latest version of Android, which is the fastest of all Android manufacturers. It doesn't appear among the ten features consumers say they care about most, in our research.

The average time that consumers keep a flagship smartphone before buying a new device has been gradually increasing. In markets as diverse as China, Europe and the USA, it is now approaching 30 months. The reputable research firm found that no less than 96 percent of Nokia-branded smartphones cumulatively sold since Q3 2018 are powered by Android Pie, with Samsung and Xiaomi ranked in second and third place respectively in this particular chart, with pretty strong 89 and 84 percent numbers of their own. Still, a lot of onus falls on phone makers to push frequent OS and security updates.

"Only a few brands commit to making sure their smartphones are always running the latest version", Pathak added.

This suggests that companies often release updates for their high-priced devices.

"Their products often transition from launch to end-of-life in as little as six months, which means they have less incentive to provide long-term updates", Kumar added.

"Brands like Alcatel and Tecno are the laggards".

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