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Report: Verizon Updates Android Phones the Fastest, HTC Tops Manufacturers List

Our  friends over at Computer World took the time to crunch the numbers on Android updates for the four major carriers to decide which of them is leading the way on getting their users to the most current software the fastest.  They also looked at manufacturers to see who’s line of handsets was receiving the latest updates the fastest to round out their report.  The facts shouldn’t shock you, but we should all thank them for putting the time in on this fantastic report.  Maybe now you’ll all decide which phones to buy and on which carriers with a little more ease?

Verizon won the carrier battle and we’re not all that surprised.  We know there have been hiccups along the way, but when you look back at the last year and see how many handsets were updated to Froyo, they easily took down the competition.  Over 1/3 of their Android devices received Froyo within the first 6 months of it being on the market, with the average handset receiving it within 58 days.  That’s less than two months my friends.  Sprint came in at a respectable second with T-Mobile and AT&T no where to be seen.  In fact, between those two carriers, they were able to upgrade 1 device.  Yes, one.

On the manufacturer side, it was HTC all the way.  They managed to update 50% of all phones to Froyo in 2010 and at at average time of 56 days.  And I’m impressed.  Motorola came in at second, but at only a 15.4% update rate, while Samsung somehow made the list by updating 11.1% of theirs.  You have to look at those percentages being a little skewed since Samsung only updated 1 device, while Moto updated several, but obviously has more devices on the market.  No matter what though, HTC is on top of the update game even with Sense loaded on almost all of their phones.  Who says skins slow down update rates?

Were you worried about the Thunderbolt and its single-core processor?  Maybe this report will help ease your mind, as the device is almost guaranteed to be one of the first with Gingerbread.

Source:  Computer World 1, 2

  • Anonymous

    Also, i live in san bernardino county, how long do you think before i can even get 4G?

  • Anonymous

    I think i’ve seen that douche bag with the dumbass comments with a couple of different names. Well i guess all we can do is keep the fire burnin! Anyway, i’ve had my OG droid for a year now, and i loved it. But i feel it’s time for me to move on, i like the bionic but the t-bolt looks good too, guess my ? is should i wait for the bionic(tired of waiting)? or strike the iron while it’s hot?

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, OK this really does make a lot of sens edude.

    http://www.being-anon.it.tc

  • Ufish2

    verizon does have good service and I love my X…but it had all the hype that thunderbolt is getting and will die off just as fast….new phones are only new for a few weeks so lets get GINGERBREAD out here for all the peeps who bought x’s.droid2,pro,evo,dinc’sand other smartphones to get upgraded before they sell us another round of bigger and better dream phone’s ,kinda level out the playing field…lol U >)));>2

  • Anonymous

    This is horse sh!t

  • Mr. Joe

    I think it has to do with the Droid name. Droid is supposed to be premium so I think the companies (vzw most likely pushes this) to have the “droid” level phones get updates faster then the other devices.

  • Randyrkelly

    Well I love Verizon and there great customer service. And on tip of that HTC is the number one brand in the world. So I will behold with my Thunderbolt.

  • Anonymous

    While at first glance it might appear that HTC is the way to go, things change a lot when you take into consideration the fact that HTC is far inferior when it comes to hardware. I’ll gladly wait a couple more weeks for an update if it means I won’t have to carry around a plastic piece of crap.

    • Randyrkelly

      I totally agree with you. Samsung is the cheapest smartphone I ever felt and used. Never again.

  • Qwertykeyboard

    I guess this means that Samsung, Dell, and Sony should be branded DO NOT BUY!

    Motorola’s saving grace is that they do fast updates, like HTC, but lose major points for the locked bootloader. We’ll see if the Bionic has that as well. For now, they are rated MAYBE BUY

    HTC on Verizon seems to be rated BUY BUY BUY

  • The350zWolf

    Not fast enough! Devs here and in the android community make updates about twice a month on average with the latest android version! Kudos to them, unsung heros!

  • Anonymous

    Samsung solidified my decision on not buying one of their phones with the Galaxy S (lack of)updates. My next phone probably will be an HTC, maybe LG. Wont be Moto because when I pay for something I expect to have full control of it.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonSCarter Jason Carter

    Verizon – check
    HTC phone – check

    Looks like I am good to go then.

  • Motowow

    Motorola won in terms of getting updates out the fastest. HTC got the Android 2.2 update out in 56 days, Motorola got it out in 54 days.

    From the article:

    Motorola comes in second for number of upgrades, with 15.4 percent of its Android phones having tasted Froyo before the end of 2010. While that number sounds low, especially compared to HTC, note that Moto had four handsets that weren’t released until November, which means those devices had far less time on the market before the year’s end. That said, those phones also launched several months after Froyo had been released, yet they didn’t come with Froyo preinstalled — so make of it what you will.

  • Droidsucks

    GO IPHONE DROID SUCKS

    • JT

      Dislike.

    • http://twitter.com/Tech_Jared Jared Fulgham

      Yeah man, grow up. If you don’t like Android, don’t come to a site that is about Android. Save us all the hassle of having to skip over these idiotic comments.

    • Anonymous

      Did you just make 5 accounts so you could like your own troll comment?

    • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

      Your name sucks. And DISLIKE!

  • Anonymous

    HTC Rules! I’m never buying a non-htc android phone ever. I am coming from a Motorola.. and it has nothing but only pleasant with HTC incredible.

  • Stephen D

    How did Samsung actually make the list? Maybe they counted unofficial leaked updates?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

      they only have so many android phones and only updated one single phone, while motorola has like dozens and updated a bunch. so samsung got a higher percentage. soooo i think thats called a fluke.

  • Mack

    How come Verizon hasn’t updated my Incredible with Froyo? Even their techs in the store don’t know why and can’t figure out what I should do, but wait.

    • Anonymous

      Root and take the update in your own hands

    • Aaron

      The Incredible has had Froyo OFFICIALLY from Verizon for MONTHS.

    • Anonymous

      you can do this yourself and not be rooted. If you are interested, the info is on this site. I can help if you would like. It is a matter of using the official OTA update.zip on your SD card.

    • Anonymous

      Crazy – my incredible got Froyo last summer and I am anxiously awaiting gingerbread, which my husband’s Moto X got almost a month ago. There is definitely something wrong here and maybe it is with your phone. I would follow @CheeseLover’s advice, but certainly investigate further. I think at this point, rooting your phone might cause you more trouble and Verizon might use just the fact that you rooted, as an excuse for your trouble – even if the trouble started first.

  • Anonymous

    How the hell did samsung even make the list….

    • Mikejs78

      They updated the Intercept.

      • Anonymous

        Lmao…good answer