96 per cent of Nokia smartphones are already running on Android Pie or have had an Android Pie update.
Nokia is the number one brand when it comes to updating smartphone software and issuing security patches, according to a new report by Counterpoint Research.
Nearly 96 per cent of Nokia smartphones are already running on Android Pie or have had an Android Pie update, making it the fastest brand to reach this level, it said.
Samsung closely follows Nokia with 89 per cent and Xiaomi with 84 per cent.
Counterpoint found that huge, global brands had fewer than a third of their sub-$200 smartphones updated to the latest Android version. Just a quarter of the top Android models are updated to the latest OS version.
The firm’s Research Director Peter Richardson said that operating system and security updates are those aspects of Android smartphones that get relatively little attention. Because manufacturers are not talking about it, consumer awareness is also low, he added.
Importance of Software and Security Updates
As per the report, the average time that consumers keep a flagship smartphone before buying a new device is gradually increasing. In markets as diverse as China, Europe and the US, it is now approaching 30 months.
The researchers noted that updating the software and security allow consumers to enjoy a good performance and have security throughout their ownership.
“Only a few brands commit to making sure their smartphones are always running the latest version,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint Research.
Brands like Alcatel and Tecno are the laggards because these brands have broad portfolios, mostly in the sub-$200 segment, and the lifecycle of their models tends to be short, added Research Analyst Abhilash Kumar.