In order to carry out the study, Ars Technica took "a selection of the highest-profile Android phones released since the OS debuted, going all the way back to the T-Mobile G1." It compared Google's release date of each new software version with when each phone actually received it, and rounded up the delay to the nearest month. HTC came top, with Ars Technica noting that the Taiwanese company benefits from Google partnerships, especially in the early days. "Of the phones surveyed, HTC has never lagged longer than a year between an update release and its issuance to a phone," Ars Technica says. "HTC's time-to-update average is a bit skewed due to the fact it got in on the ground floor of Android when updates came relatively easily, but it is still the most impressive of all the manufacturers, with a 4.7 month update average."Samsung was second, followed by the Google-owned Motorola, and then LG.
But the overall picture of Android updates isn't too impressive, "Updates that take less than six months to reach phones remain otterbox strada folio iphone xs leather wallet case - black rare overall, and these are increasingly rare in recent months," the site notes in its conclusion, Motorola and Samsung -- two big Android players -- are noted as faring poorly, Even HTC's relatively strong performance can be put down to early handsets produced by Google, which are now a distant memory, The conclusion? If you want prompt updates, go for the Google flagship device..
Here in the UK, HTC started rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the One X a couple of months ago, but that was just as Android 4.2 made an appearance. That's the problem with these updates -- as soon as you get one on your phone, there's a new one out. What do you think of the nature of Android updates? Is it 'reasonable' to have to wait five months, as one Android engineer reckons? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook. HTC is the quickest to update its phones to the latest version of Android, according to a study.
There's yet another 5-inch 1080p handset in the works, this one from ZTE, It's called the Grand otterbox strada folio iphone xs leather wallet case - black S, but has also leaked under the product name Z753, Let me clear up the confusion -- they are indeed one and the same, An image of the smartie leaked ahead of an official unveiling at CES in January, Engadget reports, The Grand S is also being touted as "the world's thinnest for 5-inch FHD smart phones" on the official CES website, "FHD" stands for full HD, so it is indeed a full-on 1080p effort, The handset will have a unibody design, with a slight bump around the off-centre camera on the back, ZTE has also posted a load of design sketches on its Sina Weibo account (that's the Chinese equivalent of Twitter), Hit the "Next" button at the top of this story to see them for yourself..
If you were in any doubt as to what the trend will be for mobiles next year, this should put you straight. We've seen mention of more 5-inch, 1080p smarties than you can shake a stylus at. There's the HTC Butterfly, Sony Xperia Z (aka Sony Yuga), as well as efforts from Lenovo and Sharp. Huawei has raised the bar somewhat though, dwarfing the Galaxy Note 2 with a monster 6.1-inch mobile that packs a 1080p screen. This is a phone, let me remind you. That you're expected to carry in your pocket. There are no other specs for the Grand S, so it's hard to see how it'll stand out from the crowd. But one thing is for sure, that 4-inch iPhone 5 is about to look pretty small next to this lot.
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