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HTC and Motorola Termed ‘Upgrade Leaders’ for More Reliably Updating Android Handsets, Computerworld Report

Computerworld is helping Android adopters to choose mobile manufacturers and cellphone providers a tad more wisely. In an analysis, Computerworld’s Raphael studied the four main U.S. carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon), how quickly they issued updates of Android 2.2, or Froyo, to their devices. He used June 23rd (the launch date of the 2.2 code), unless the phone was released after that date, until the end of Dec’10 as the testing period. Also, devices with Froyo preinstalled weren’t used in the study.

Only phones that received Android 2.2 by the end of Dec’ — six months after the software’s release — are considered “upgraded” in this report.

Some conclusions:

  • 50% of HTC devices were upgraded to Froyo at an average upgrade time of 56 days.
  • Motorolla was second-best at 15.4% but upgraded its devices a little bit faster at an average of 54.5 days.
  • Samsung came in at more than 11% of its devices upgraded
  • Dell, LG were dead last at 0%. LG’s Ally is currently scheduled to be upgraded in February; Dell’s Streak, meanwhile, is set to “hopefully” receive its upgrade sometime this month (the company blames AT&T for the delay). The Aero, meanwhile, is still a wildcard; Dell has yet to issue any official word on its fate.
  • Sony failed when it came to Android upgrades in 2010. It gets a big fat zero all around, and with confirmation that its Xperia X10 phones will never see Froyo, there’s really no hope remaining.


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