Before engaging with a brand, you should consider their Android update tracking policy. We take stock for you of the manufacturers offering the best software monitoring in 2022.
We advise you to take a close look at the update policy of Android smartphone manufacturers. This is an extremely important element for two reasons: the first is to make sure you have the latest security patches, the second is to take advantage of the new software offered by the manufacturer of your mobile, in addition to those of Google.
If you have been using Android smartphones for a long time, you have surely noticed that software updates are frequent at the beginning of the product’s life, then become more and more spaced out, to end up being completely “abandoned” by the manufacturer. This is where the duration, more or less long, of the software monitoring of the different brands comes in.
Updating your smartphone: what are we talking about?
On Android phones, there are two types of updates. The first concerns major operating system updates. They are generally offered once a year and allow you to upgrade from Android 12 to Android 13, for example. This is an opportunity to take advantage of changes, both in terms of the interface and the features.
The second category concerns Android security updates released by Google. More frequent, these patches protect your phone from vulnerabilities that malicious people could exploit. According to the manufacturers, it also happens that these updates include new features.
Google owns Android, so its Pixel line phones are often the first to receive updates. Leaving first is one thing, delivering updates over time is another. That’s where our list of smartphone manufacturers and their respective update policies comes in.
Which brands offer the best Android update tracking?
To avoid any jealousy, we have listed the brands in alphabetical order. The durations that we share with you are based on the declarations of the manufacturers as well as on the updates that we have observed. Also note that all mobiles from the same manufacturer are not all housed in the same boat.
The Taiwanese manufacturer generally offers two major Android upgrades and two years of security patches. This is the minimum recommended by Google. Given its limited range of smartphones, we would have appreciated that Asus made more efforts on this subject.
Its two most recent flagship phones, the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip, received the Android 12 update in January 2022, about three months after the stable version was launched. A correct delay that we hope to see reduced with the ZenFone 9, of which we already know almost everything, but which will be officially presented on July 28, 2022 at 3 p.m., Paris time.
So far, most of Google smartphones benefited from three years of major updates to new versions of its OS and three years of security updates. Recently, the American giant took a step forward by announcing that its Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will still benefit from three years of major updates, but five years of security updates. A policy which, however, only comes second in terms of the longevity of the medium.
On the other hand, Google phones launched earlier do not benefit from such generosity in software tracking. The American giant is also the most responsive manufacturer when it comes to deploying updates. “Fortunately,” some would say since he owns Android.
Nokia / HDM
Nokia is not dead, but has delegated the design and production of its smartphones to the Finnish company HDM Global. The latter offers two years of major Android updates and three years of updates for security patches. The new versions should be quickly available since the brand’s software interface is very close to what Android Stock offers.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some recently released Nokia phones experienced significant delays before receiving an Android update. The company has recently made efforts in the field, in particular by offering a page to provide precise information on Android updates for each model.
Since the US banishment of Huawei, Honor has become independent. The company can now offer products under Android. This is exactly what she did recently with her Honor Magic 4 Pro. A successful return from the hardware point of view which will have to be concretized by a good software follow-up.
We will see how many smartphones the Chinese company will market in France in the months and years to come and the seriousness with which it will ensure Android updates. For now, the Honor promises two years of major updates, and the same duration for security patches. The union minimum, therefore.
Pixel 6: the ace of photography is on sale at RED
HAVE YOU ASKED FOR THE PERFECT PHOTOPHONE?
Do you want to take very good photos with your smartphone without spending more than 1,000 euros? The Pixel 6 easily solves this problem. It has a dual back camera with a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens on one side and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens (114° viewing angle) on the other.
A duo that allows real photographic feats to be achieved. The shots are correctly exposed, detailed, both day and night. The colors are very well transcribed, without exaggerating them.
The Pixel 6 contrasts with the previous generation in terms of its design. The compact dimensions specific to the range disappear since the screen of the Pixel 6 increases to 6.4 inches. An AMOLED panel that offers Full HD + definition and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Again, the photo is not left out, because the 8-megapixel selfie camera that sits at the top of the screen captures superb shots.
Another novelty specific to this generation: the processor. Yes, this is the first vintage of Pixel to embed a processor manufactured by Google, the Google Tensor. This chip accelerates the photo experience thanks to artificial intelligence. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. A configuration capable of handling everyday use without a hitch.
Especially since, thanks to the Pixel Experience interface, the Pixel 6 offers the best version of Android 12. It is pleasing to the eye and offers very good ergonomics, using functions such as the “one hand” which allows you to drag the top of the screen down in one gesture.
For autonomy, the Pixel 6 can last more than a day thanks to its 4,614 mAh battery compatible with 30 W fast charging.
We told you, the Pixel 6 normally displays a price around 650 euros. That said, RED drops the bill to 549 euros via an immediate discount of 100 euros. A good deal that does not require an additional mobile plan.
THE XIAOMI 12 5G AT 749 EUROS
Unlike the Pixel 6, the Xiaomi 12 5G can boast of being a compact smartphone, with its 6.28-inch screen. It will therefore appeal to users who do not want to be encumbered by their smartphone. On the back, three cameras: a main 50 megapixel, an ultra wide-angle 13 megapixel and a macro 5 megapixel.
Of course, small size does not mean cheap screen. Its AMOLED panel with a 20:9 ratio and a definition of 2400 by 1080 pixels is superb and well calibrated. It even benefits from a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display is fluid, even when you navigate between several applications.
In terms of the technical sheet, we note the presence of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. This processor, the latest from Qualcomm, is the darling of very high-end phones. It allows the Xiaomi 12 to run 3D games at maximum graphics settings without any issues. In addition, there is also 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.
Everything is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery. It can go from 30 to 100% battery in about thirty minutes thanks to the 67 W wired charge.
Huawei is no longer allowed to use Google apps and services, so its phones don’t have them. But the Chinese company still offers two versions of its OS, based on the free version of Android. Thus, China benefits from the Harmony OS overlay and the rest of the world from its EMUI overlay.
In both cases, the former world number two in smartphones remains very vague about its update policy. Even the most recent high-end products like the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket had an Android version of . As it stands, if you value keeping track of updates, we don’t advise you to get a Huawei smartphone..
In recent years, Motorola has not shone with its update policy. After promising only one year of Android updates and two years of security updates on its Motorola Edge in 2020, the company faced criticism, before backpedaling to deliver two years of updates. major Android updates.