10 smartphone companies ranked on software and security updates

10 smartphone companies ranked  on software and security updates
Based on a report from Counterpoint, HMD Global has topped the list when it comes to rolling out smartphone OS updates. The handset maker trumped some of the biggest brands in the world including Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Samsung and more as it was quicker than others in bringing nearly all its smartphones to the latest Android OS, Android 9 Pie.

The report adds that HMD Global was able to bring 96% of all its Nokia smartphones sold in Q3 2018 to Android Pie. It also became the fastest brand to reach this mark. In terms of time taken to update all handsets sold in Q3 2018 and later to Android Pie, Nokia was followed by Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Vivo, Samsung and Oppo.

In terms of Android version share for top 10 manufacturers, the report reveals that while the remaining 4% of Nokia smartphones sold ever since Q3 2018 were on Android 8.1 Oreo, Samsung had 89% of smartphones on Pie followed by Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo, LG, Alcatel, Tecno and others.

“There are a lot of factors that play a role in issuing software updates. But some brands put much more effort into reducing the time lag from the release of the latest Android version to issuing the update to all their smartphones. Only a few brands commit to making sure their smartphones are always running the latest version. Nokia was the fastest brand in issuing the latest software updates covering 94% of its portfolio within a year of the launch of the latest Android version,” added Counterpoint associate director Tarun Pathak.

Several Nokia smartphones are already confirmed to get Google’s Android 10. As per the roadmap shared by the firm, Nokia 9 Pureview, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 are supposed to get Android 10 in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.