Just two years of Android updates is no longer reasonable in the top tier [Opinion]

Today when more keep their smartphones longer and the flagships can cost well over 10,000 kroner, it is no longer reasonable for phones to only get two new Android versions. One could even argue that two generations of Android updates always been too little.

In the past, however, there were greater reasons to upgrade after 2–3 years, when there was even more on the hardware front. A limited update period could matter less, as the hardware became obsolete faster than the software to a greater extent.

As far as we know, Google was the first to offer three years of Android updates, with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the fall of 2017. A lot has happened since then. Samsung stands out by promising four years of Android updates and five years of security updates for the top models and select mid-range phones.

The 2017 Pixel 2 was updated to Android 11 and didn’t get outdated software until last fall

Several manufacturers now guarantee three generations of OS updates, although not for all price ranges. Sony deserves a pike as the company only offers two years of Android updates even for the top models. It’s hard to know exactly what the manufacturer’s update policy is, as Sony doesn’t mention updates on the phones’ product pages. According to several statements, however, two new Android versions apply, although the Xperia I IV will receive three years of security updates.

After all, whether the device runs the latest Android does not make or break a smartphone. It is also possible to argue that security updates are more important than Android updates. At the same time, new Android versions provide added value through new features and, at best, better interfaces.

An old OTA on HTC One M9

Many enthusiasts also like to test news and look forward to new Android versions. When consumers spend SEK 14,000 on a phone, which is the price of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, they shouldn’t have to get outdated software so early.

In a survey last summer, 76 percent answered that they plan to keep the next mobile phone at least three years. As many as 29 percent aim to keep the phone until it breaks. Long update periods are more important than ever and it’s high time Sony and other laggards catch up.


Source: Swedroid by swedroid.se.

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