Which Android manufacturer updates the most?

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In the eternal debate with Apple, one of the main flaws that is pointed out to Android is the low frequency of updates. Being a system confined to a few devices, iOS is able to update itself longer and on a much larger percentage of models. In contrast, the open source nature of Android means that many companies use it in their own way on their phones, creating a vast fragmentation of the operating system. Also because each company has its own update policy and there are those who tend to update more and those less. If you have wondered which manufacturer is the one that updates di più to subsequent releases of Android, you are in the right place: with this article you will have an answer.

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Who updates the most? Comparison of the main Android smartphone companies

Given the delicacy of the subject, however, it is necessary to make some premise. The first concerns the list of producers that we have considered, with a focus on the more typically Asian panorama. This means that you find in the list Xiaomi, Redmi, POCO, Black Shark, Huawei, Honor, OnePlus, OPPO e live. However, to give you a more complete overview, we have also decided to include Samsung, Nokia e Motorola, three of the most typically western major companies. We have not included LG and Sony for reasons of less diffusion in the market, as well as other companies such as Nubia, Red Magic, Meizu, ZTE and so on. We have not even included Realme which, despite having a good update history, has been operational since 2018/2019 and therefore would receive a limited analysis. We will talk about it from 2021 onwards.

The other premise concerns the timing analyzed. Since we are in 2020 and a new version of Android comes out a year, we have included the models released in 2019, 2018 e 2017 (excluding models that are equipped with Android 10 as standard). We will therefore space from Android 6 Marshmallow up to Android 10, but we will consider keeping this article updated over time. Ah, while it hasn't been released on a large scale yet, we still kept Android 11 and manufacturers' roadmaps in mind. We also state that the analysis only concerns the updates of the Android version and not those of the proprietary interface.

The last premise concerns the accuracy of the data. We have not included any model, excluding special variants or variants limited to small geographical areas. Furthermore, especially for some brands that produce many models (especially low-cost ones), sometimes it is not easy to know if a specific model of low diffusion has actually been updated. In this case, we invite you to report possible errors, but we guarantee that the evaluations would not undergo any particular changes.


Apple

First off: actually, how long does Apple update its iPhones? Taking into consideration the latest iOS 14 major update, the list of compatible models goes back to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Having been launched in 2015 with iOS 9 on board, we can say that Apple currently offers 5 major update. Keep this number in mind, because now you will understand why iOS users always point out this difference.

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Xiaomi

Let's start with Xiaomi, one of the most prolific manufacturers in both Asia and Europe. And it is one of the companies that most relies on its MIUI interface, frequently updated and on many models from multiple generations. However, it is necessary to distinguish between the parent company and the various sub-brands, whose software management takes place in a diversified manner. Xiaomi has almost always insured 2 major update for the premium and medium / high range, except for some “atypical” models. These two updates are guaranteed for the top models but not for the variants marketed on a smaller scale (such as Mi MIX 3 5G or Mi 6X). It can also be seen how, since Xiaomi also entered the western market, the gestation of updates has improved.

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: Xiaomi Mi 9 (Android 9–> 10), Mi 9 Pro 5G (Android 9–> 10), Mi 9T Pro (Android 9–> 10), Mi MIX 3 5G (Android 9)
    • 2018: Xiaomi Mi 8 (Android 8–> 10), Mi MIX 2S (Android 8–> 10), Mi MIX 3 (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2017: Xiaomi Mi 6 (Android 7–> 9), Mi MIX 2 (Android 7–> 9)
  • Mid-range = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (Android 9–> 10), Mi 9 Lite (Android 9–> 10), Mi 9T (Android 9–> 10), Mi Note 10 (Android 9–> 10), Mi CC9 (Android 9–> 10), Mi CC9 Pro (Android 9–> 10), Mi CC9e (Android 9)
    • 2018: Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (Android 8–> 10), Mi 8 Lite (Android 8–> 10), Mi Max 3 (Android 8–> 10), Mi 6X (Android 8–> 9)
    • 2017: Xiaomi Mi 5X (Android 7–> 8), Mi Note 3 (Android 7–> 8), Mi Max 2 (Android 7)
  • Entry-level = no major update
    • 2018: Xiaomi Mi Play (Android 8)
    • 2017: Xiaomi Mi 5C (Android 6)

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Redmi

As anticipated, Xiaomi and Redmi are part of the same company, but they are dedicated to different market segments. Xiaomi focuses on the most premium products, while Redmi packs the cheapest (and best-selling) products. With the exception of the recently introduced high-end K series, all other models do not go beyond the single major update, a big drawback considering that the Redmi Note series represents a large slice of the global Android market. For this I wrote an editorial about it, explaining why Redmi should adapt differently. Fortunately, the entry-level range is not forgotten, almost always guaranteeing a major update.

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: Redmi K20 (Android 9–> 10), K20 Pro (Android 9–> 10)
  • Mid-range = 1 major update
    • 2019: Redmi Note 8 (Android 9–> 10), Note 8T (Android 9), Note 8 Pro (Android 9–> 10), Note 7 / 7S (Android 9–> 10), Note 7 Pro (Android 9– > 10)
    • 2018: Redmi Note 6 Pro (Android 8–> 9), Note 5 (Android 8–> 9), Note 5 Pro (Android 8–> 9)
    • 2017: Redmi Note 4 (Android 6–> 7), Note 4X (Android 6–> 7), Note 5A (Android 7)
  • Entry-level = 1 major update
    • 2019: Redmi 8 (Android 9–> 10), 8A (Android 9–> 10), 7 (Android 9–> 10), 7A (Android 9–> 10), Y3 (Android 9)
    • 2018: Redmi 6 (Android 8–> 9), 6 Pro (Android 8–> 9), 6A (Android 8–> 9), Y2 (Android 8–> 9), S2 (Android 8–> 9)
    • 2017: Redmi 5 (Android 7–> 8), 5 Plus (Android 7–> 8), 5A (Android 7–> 8), Y1 (Android 7–> 8), 4 (Android 6–> 7), 4X (Android 6–> 7)

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POCO

It is difficult to give a true rating to the frequency of updates of POCO, having only launched one smartphone before 2020. I refer to POCO F1 (o Pocophone F1), introduced with Android 8 Oreo and then updated to Android 9 Pie first and Android 10 later. Furthermore, all the models that have succeeded him are rebrands of Xiaomi and Redmi phones already in circulation, therefore it would not be sensible to include them in this evaluation.

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Black Shark

Of all the Xiaomi sub-brands, Black Shark is undoubtedly the most "unfortunate" in terms of updates. Not only is the JoyUI much less updated than the MIUI, but the Android version is also not treated better. It is still early to say, but a top of the range like the first Black Shark stopped with just one major update. We will see if in the course of 2021 this branch of Xiaomi will improve or if it will reconfirm this trend.

  • Flagship = 1 major update
    • 2019: Black Shark 2 (Android 9–> 10), Black Shark 2 Pro (Android 9-10)
    • 2018: Black Shark (Android 8–> 9)

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Huawei

If already before the management of Android updates was not one of Huawei's strengths, with the US ban the situation has become further complicated. No longer being able to have Google services on its products, the company is aiming to integrate Huawei Mobile Services. The future vision is that HarmonyOS could take the place of Android on Huawei terminals, so we do not rule out that it may progressively leave this list. Until then, however, Huawei has shown that it carries 2 major updates only on top models. The mid-range stops at a single update, while low-cost devices are born and die with that particular Android release (with a few exceptions).

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: P30 (Android 9–> 10), P30 Pro (Android 9–> 10), Mate X (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: P20 (Android 8–> 10), P20 Pro (Android 8–> 10), Mate 20 (Android 9–> 10), Mate 20 Pro (Android 9–> 10), Mate 20 X 4G / 5G (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2017: P10 (Android 7–> 9), P10 Plus (Android 7–> 9), Mate 10 (Android 8–> 10), Mate 10 Pro (Android 8–> 10)
  • Mid-range = 1 major update
    • 2019: P30 Lite (Android 9–> 10), P Smart Z (Android 9–> 10), Nova 5T (Android 9–> 10), Nova 5 (Android 9–> 10), Nova 5 Pro (Android 9– > 10), Nova 5i Pro (Android 9–> 10), Nova 5z (Android 9–> 10), Enjoy 10s (Android 9–> 10), P20 Lite 2019 (Android 9), Mate 30 Lite (Android 9) , P Smart + 2019 (Android 9), P Smart Pro (Android 9), Nova 4e (Android 9), Nova 5i (Android 9), Enjoy 10 Plus (Android 9)
    • 2018: P20 Lite (Android 8–> 9), Mate 20 Lite (Android 8–> 10), P Smart (Android 8–> 9), P Smart + (Android 8–> 9), Nova 3 (Android 8–> 9), Nova 3e (Android 8–> 9), Nova 3i (Android 8–> 9), P Smart 2019 (Android 9–> 10), Nova 4 (Android 9), Nova 2 Lite (Android 8), Enjoy 8 Plus (Android 8), Enjoy 9 Plus (Android 8), Enjoy Max (Android 8)
    • 2017: P10 Lite (Android 7–> 9), P9 Lite 2017 (Android 7–> 8), Mate 10 Lite (Android 7–> 8), Nova Lite (Android 7–> 8), Nova Youth (Android 7– > 8), Nova 2 (Android 7–> 8), Nova 2 Plus (Android 7–> 8), Nova 2i (Android 7–> 8), Nova 2s (Android 8–> 9), Nova 3 (Android 8 -> 9), Nova 3i (Android 8–> 9), P9 Lite Mini (Android 7), Enjoy 7 Plus (Android 7), Enjoy 7s (Android 8)
  • Entry-level = no major update
    • 2019: Y9s (Android 9–> 10), Y9 Prime 2019 (Android 9–> 10), Y5 2019 (Android 9), Y6 2019 (Android 9), Y6 Pro 2019 (Android 9), Y6 Prime 2019 (Android 9) ), Y6s (Android 9), Enjoy 9e (Android 9), Enjoy 10 (Android 9), Y7 2019 (Android 8), Y7 Prime 2019 (Android 8)
    • 2018: Y9 2019 (Android 8–> 9), Y5 2018 (Android 8), Y5 Prime 2018 (Android 8), Y6 2018 (Android 8), Y6 Prime 2018 (Android 8), Y7 Prime 2018 (Android 8), Y7 Pro 2018 (Android 8), Y7 Pro 2019 (Android 8), Y9 2018 (Android 8), Enjoy 8 (Android 8), Enjoy 8e (Android 8), Enjoy 8e Youth (Android 8), Enjoy 9 (Android 8 )
    • 2017: Nova Lite + (Android 7), Y6 Pro 2017 (Android 7), Y7 (Android 7), Y7 Prime (Android 7), Enjoy 7 (Android 7), Nova Smart (Android 6), Y3 2017 (Android 6) , Y5 2017 (Android 6), Y6 2017 (Android 6)

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Honor

Being a sub-brand of Huawei, Honor's update management remains almost unchanged compared to that of the company from which it was born. Also in this case i top of the range receive two major updates only if they are flagship models, while less popular models such as Honor 8 Pro and Note 10 stop at only one.

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: 20 (Android 9–> 10), 20 Pro (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: 10 (Android 8–> 10), Note 10 (Android 8–> 9), Magic 2 (Android 9–> 10), 10 GT (Android 9)
    • 2017: 9 (Android 7–> 9), V10 / View 10 (Android 8–> 10), V9 (Android 7–> 9), 8 Pro (Android 8–> 9)
  • Mid-range = 1 major update
    • 2019: 20 Lite (Android 9–> 10), 20S (Android 9–> 10), 20i (Android 9–> 10), 9x (Android 9–> 10), 20 Youth (Android 9–> 10), 10i (Android 9), 9X Pro (Android 9)
    • 2018: 8X (Android 8–> 10), 10 Lite (Android 9–> 10), View 10 Lite (Android 9–> 10), 9i / 9N (Android 8–> 9), 8X Max (Android 8–> 9), Play (Android 8–> 9)
    • 2017: 8 Lite (Android 7–> 9), 7X (Android 7–> 9), 9 Lite (Android 8–> 9), 9i (Android 8–> 9), V9 Play (Android 7)
  • Entry-level = no major update
    • 2019: 8A (Android 9), 8A Pro (Android 9), 8S (Android 9), Play 8 (Android 9), Play 8A (Android 9), Play 3 (Android 9), Play 3e (Android 9)
    • 2018: 7C (Android 8–> 9), 8C (Android 8), 7A (Android 8), 7S (Android 8), Play 7 (Android 8)
    • 2017: 6C (Android 6), 6C Pro (Android 7), 6A (Android 7), 6A Pro (Android 7), Play 6 (Android 6)

OnePlus

If you are looking for the winner in this update diatribe, then know that this is OnePlus with its three major updates. And the reasons are soon said: few smartphones and only high-end. A choice that makes managing Android updates much easier. Not only are the models to work on far fewer, but they enjoy hardware that does not limit the porting of later versions of Android. The story will likely change in the next few years, as OnePlus has shown its willingness to vary its proposal, with more smartphones and even in the mid-range.

  • Flagship = 3 major update
    • 2019: OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: OnePlus 6 and 6T (Android 8–> 10)
    • 2017: OnePlus 5 and 5T (Android 7–> 10)

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OPPO

Contrary to most of the other manufacturers on this list, OPPO is (re) entering the western market, which is why its update policy is changing. And for the better, as evidenced by the different management now compared to 3/4 years ago. In the long run, we may have a clearer vision, but OPPO is proving that it can also support the medium / low ranges of its catalog for longer.

  • Flagship = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: Reno 10x Zoom (Android 9–> 10), Reno Ace (Android 9–> 10), Reno 5G (Android 9)
    • 2018: Find X (Android 8–> 10)
  • Mid-range = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: Reno 2 (Android 9–> 10), Reno 2 Z (Android 9–> 10), Reno 2 F (Android 9–> 10), Reno (Android 9–> 10), F11 (Android 9–> 10 ), F11 Pro (Android 9–> 10), K3 (Android 9–> 10), K5 (Android 9–> 10), Reno Z (Android 9), Reno A (Android 9),
    • 2018: R15 (Android 8–> 10), R15 Pro (Android 8–> 10), R17 (Android 8–> 10), R17 Pro (Android 8–> 10), RX17 Pro (Android 8–> 10), F7 (Android 8–> 10), F9 (Android 8–> 10), F9 Pro (Android 8–> 10), RX17 Neo (Android 8–> 9), K1 (Android 8–> 9), R15 Neo ( Android 8), R17 Neo (Android 8), F7 Youth (Android 8)
    • 2017: R11s (Android 7–> 8), R11s Plus (Android 7–> 8), F3 (Android 6–> 7), F3 Plus (Android 6–> 7), R11 (Android 7), R11 Plus (Android 7), F5 (Android 7), F5 Youth (Android 7)
  • Entry-level = 0/1 major update
    • 2019: A5 2020 (Android 9–> 10), A9 2020 (Android 9–> 10), A11 (Android 9–> 10), A11x (Android 9–> 10), A91 (Android 9–> 10), AX5s (Android 8), A5s (Android 8), A7n (Android 8), A1k (Android 9), A8 (Android 9), A9 (Android 9), A9x (Android 9)
    • 2018: A1 (Android 7), A71 2018 (Android 7), A83 Pro (Android 7), A3 (Android 8), A3s (Android 8), A5 (Android 8), AX5 (Android 8), A7x (Android 8 ), AX7 Pro (Android 8), A73s (Android 8)
    • 2017: A71 (Android 7), A73 (Android 7), A75 (Android 7), A75s (Android 7), A77 (Android 7), A79 (Android 7), A83 (Android 7), A85 (Android 7)

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live

Unlike OPPO, vivo operates mostly in Asia, although the debut in Europe will change the cards on the table. Although its market develops entirely in the East, the manufacturer is comparable to OPPO, even if in the catalog it has a much greater number of medium / low-end devices.

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: NEX 3 (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: NEX / NEX S (Android 8–> 10), NEX Dual (Android 8–> 10)
  • Mid-range = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: X27 (Android 9–> 10), X27 Pro (Android 9–> 10), X30 (Android 9–> 10), X30 Pro (Android 9–> 10), Z1 Pro (Android 9–> 10), Z1x (Android 9–> 10), Z3x (Android 9–> 10), Z5 (Android 9–> 10), Z5x (Android 9–> 10), Z5i (Android 9–> 10), V15 (Android 9– > 10), V15 Pro (Android 9–> 10), V17 (Android 9–> 10), V17 Pro (Android 9–> 10), U10 (Android 9–> 10), U20 (Android 9–> 10) , S1 (Android 9–> 10), S1 Pro (Android 9–> 10), S5 (Android 9–> 10), V17 Neo (Android 9), U1 (Android 8), U3 (Android 9), U3x ( Android 9)
    • 2018: X23 (Android 8–> 10), Z3 (Android 8–> 10), Z3i (Android 8–> 10), X21 (Android 8–> 9), X21 UD (Android 8–> 9), X21i ( Android 8–> 9), X21s (Android 8–> 9), Z1 (Android 8–> 9), Z1i (Android 8–> 9), V9 (Android 8–> 9), V9 Youth (Android 8–> 9), V9 Pro (Android 8–> 9), V11 (Android 8–> 9), V11 Pro (Android 8–> 9), V11i (Android 8–> 9), Z1 Youth (Android 8), Z10 ( Android 7), X20 Plus UD (Android 7),
    • 2017: V5 Plus (Android 6–> 8), V5s (Android 6–> 8), X9s (Android 7–> 8), X9s Plus (Android 7–> 8), X20 (Android 7–> 8), X20 Plus (Android 7–> 8), V7 (Android 7–> 8), V7 Plus (Android 7–> 8), X9i (Android 6), V5 Lite (Android 6)
  • Entry-level = 0/1 major update
    • 2019: Y7 (Android 9–> 10), Y12 (Android 9–> 10), Y91C (Android 8), Y93 Lite (Android 8), Y5 (Android 9), Y3 (Android 9), Y5 2019 (Android 9 ), Y7s (Android 9), Y93 (Android 8), Y11 2019 (Android 9), Y19 (Android 9), Y5s (Android 9), Y9s (Android 9)
    • 2018: Y7i (Android 8–> 9), Y83 (Android 8–> 9), Y83 Pro (Android 8–> 9), Y97 (Android 8–> 9), Y85 (Android 8), Y71 (Android 8) , Y81 (Android 8), Y81s (Android 8), Y81i (Android 8), Y73 (Android 8), Y93 (Android 8), Y95 (Android 8), Y91 (Android 8), Y91i (Android 8), Y89 (Android 8), Y93s (Android 8), Y53i (Android 6)
    • 2017: Y69 (Android 7–> 8), Y79 (Android 7), Y65 (Android 7), Y66i (Android 7), Y75 (Android 7), Y53 (Android 6), Y55s (Android 6), Y25 (Android 5)

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Samsung

Let's move on to the more "Western" companies, starting with Samsung. After being mistreated for years in terms of software, the Korean company has improved the management of updates. This always guarantees 2 major update for the premium, medium / high range and often also for the medium / low range.

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: S10 (Android 9–> 10), S10 + (Android 9–> 10), S10e (Android 9–> 10), Note 10 (Android 9–> 10), Note 10+ (Android 9–> 10), Fold (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: S9 (Android 8–> 10), S9 + (Android 8–> 10), Note 9 (Android 8–> 10)
    • 2017: S8 (Android 7–> 9), S8 + (Android 7–> 9), Note 8 (Android 7–> 9), Note FE (Android 7–> 9)
  • Mid-range = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: M20 (Android 8–> 10), A30 (Android 9–> 10), A30s (Android 9–> 10), A40 (Android 9–> 10), A50 (Android 9–> 10), A50s (Android 9–> 10), A51 (Android 9–> 10), A60 (Android 9–> 10), A70 (Android 9–> 10), A70s (Android 9–> 10), A80 (Android 9–> 10) , A90 5G (Android 9–> 10), M30 (Android 9–> 10), M30s (Android 9–> 10), M40 (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: A6 (Android 8–> 10), A7 (Android 8–> 10), A9 (Android 8–> 10), A6 + (Android 9–> 10), A8s (Android 9)
    • 2017: A3 2017 (Android 6–> 8), A5 2017 (Android 6–> 8), A7 2017 (Android 6–> 8), A8 2018 (Android 7–> 9), A8 + 2018 (Android 7–> 9 )
  • Entry-level = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: A10 (Android 9–> 10), A20 (Android 9–> 10), A20e (Android 9–> 10), M10s (Android 9–> 10), M10 (Android 8–> 9), A10s (Android 9), A20s (Android 9)
    • 2018: J4 (Android 8–> 10), J4 + (Android 8–> 10), J6 (Android 8–> 10), J6 + (Android 8–> 10), J8 (Android 8–> 10)
    • 2017: J3 2017 (Android 7–> 9), J5 2017 (Android 7–> 9), J7 2017 (Android 7–> 9), J2 2017 (Android 7)

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Nokia

Although it is a historic brand, Nokia's Android operation began only 3 years ago. Right from the start, the Finnish giant has chosen to focus on the marketing of a few models, mostly intended for the mid-range and equipped with stock software. Having few models pays from the point of view of the quantity of updates, similarly to OnePlus, although not 3 but 2 major update. The advantage, compared to other realities, is that these 2 are guaranteed even for the less expensive models.

  • Flagship = 2 major update
    • 2019: 9 PureView (Android 9–> 10)
  • Mid-range = 2 major update
    • 2019: 6.2 (Android 9–> 10), 7.2 (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: 5.1 Plus (Android 8–> 10), 6.1 (Android 8–> 10), 6.1 Plus (Android 8–> 10), 7.1 (Android 8–> 10), 8.1 (Android 9–> 10),
    • 2017: 5 (Android 7–> 9), 8 (Android 7–> 9), 7 (Android 7–> 8)
  • Entry-level = 2 major update
    • 2019: 2.2 (Android 9–> 10), 2.3 (Android 9–> 10), 3.2 (Android 9–> 10), 4.2 (Android 9–> 10)
    • 2018: 3.1 Plus (Android 8–> 10)
    • 2017: 2 (Android 7–> 9), 3 (Android 7–> 9)

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Motorola

We conclude with Motorola, another historical name in the world of telephony. Like Nokia, it has joined the decision to adopt stock Android, except for some minor customizations. Despite this, in this list it is the manufacturer who updates the least its models, whether high-end or low-end.

  • Flagship = 1/2 major update
    • 2019: Z4 (Android 9–> 10), RAZR 2019 (Android 9–> 10), Z4 Force (Android 9)
    • 2018: Z3 (Android 8–> 9)
    • 2017: Z2 Force (Android 7–> 9)
  • Mid-range = 0/1 major update
    • 2019: One Zoom (Android 9–> 10), One Vision (Android 9–> 10), One Action (Android 9–> 10), G8 Plus (Android 9–> 10), G7 Play (Android 9–> 10 ), G7 Power (Android 9–> 10), Z4 Play (Android 9), One Macro (Android 9), G7 (Android 9), G7 Plus (Android 9), G8 Play (Android 9), G8 Power Lite ( Android 9)
    • 2018: Z3 Play (Android 8–> 9), G6 (Android 8–> 9), G6 Plus (Android 8–> 9), G6 Play (Android 8–> 9),
    • 2017: Z2 Play (Android 7–> 9), G5 (Android 7–> 8), G9 Plus (Android 7–> 8), G5s (Android 7–> 8), G5s Plus (Android 7–> 8)
  • Entry-level = 0 major update
    • 2019: E6 (Android 9), E6 Plus (Android 9), E6 Play (Android 9)
    • 2018: E5 (Android 8), E5 Plus (Android 8), E5 Play (Android 8)
    • 2017: E4 (Android 7), E4 Plus (Android 7)

 

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Android One

Launched in 2014, the purpose of the Android One program is to allow manufacturers to adopt the stock version of Android, putting aside your own customizations. This has been welcomed by buyers who prefer the pure soul of Google's mobile OS. Also because this favors a greater quantity of updates, especially for medium / low-end devices and destined for emerging countries.

Among the companies under analysis we have Xiaomi, Nokia e Motorola and we can see how Android One basically means 2 major releases of Android. The only drawback concerns Xiaomi, whose management of the updates of the Mi A series has proved to be fallacious over and over again. Not surprisingly, the company has almost confirmed that will abandon the project.

  • 2019
    • Xiaomi Mi A3 (Android 9–> 10)
  • 2018
    • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (Android 8–> 10), Nokia 7 Plus (Android 8–> 10), Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android 8–> 10), Nokia 5.1 (Android 8–> 10), Nokia 3.1 (Android 8– > 10), Moto One (Android 8–> 10), Moto One Power (Android 8–> 10), Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android 8–> 9)
  • 2017
    • Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android 7–> 9), Moto X4 (Android 7–> 9), Nokia 6 (Android 7–> 9)

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Android Go

Most recently announced in 2017, Android Go can be considered a weakened version of Android One. The concept is the same: to offer manufacturers a stock version of Android but in this case designed for entry-level devices. Fewer functions and lighter apps, thus helping the spread of smartphones with little RAM and internal memory.

Among the companies under analysis, we have Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung e Motorola. Contrary to Android One, however, here major updates are by no means guaranteed. With one exception, an Android Go smartphone is born and dies with that particular Android release.

  • 2019
    • Redmi Go (Android 8), Samsung Galaxy A2 Core (Android 9), Nokia 1 Plus (Android 9–> 10/11)
  • 2018
    • Huawei Y3 (Android 8), Huawei Y5 Lite (Android 8), Samsung Galaxy J2 Core (Android 8–> 9), Samsung Galaxy J4 Core (Android 8), Motorola E5 Play Go (Android 8)
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