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who makes the most "updateable" phones?

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  1. badkuk

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    specifically, which manufacturer has the best track record for providing Android OS updates for its phones/devices?


    i'm planning to buy a phone real soon; probably something with at least a 3.7" screen, and a 1ghz processor...i won't be using it as my "main" phone -- i just wanna get a foot in the door with all things Android. i was more or less decided on a phone, but then i read somewhere that the manufacturer(rhymes with Smamsung :D ) isnt; very religious in providing updates for existing phones...i don't wanna spend that much money only to have it become obsolete a year later...when Froyo was barely making it to handsets, people were already talking about Gingerbread...then Honeycomb.


    i think most Android apps won't be that sensitive about the OS version, but i'd really hate to miss out on the goodies that a new OS version brings. So...any suggestions? HTC perhaps? i'd like to think they have an inside track with such things. tia
     

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    The phone that gets android updates first is the Nexus One, made buy HTC (in conjunction with Google)
     
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    Agreed Nexus One /thread.
     
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    In short :
    Sony Erricson - fails at updates (2.1 on X10 anyone? :) )
    Motorola - provides updates, but once they stop you are out of luck unless you have Droid 1 (locked bootloader means no community updates)
    HTC - provides updates relatively quick, but often not much of them; on other side they are open, so you usually get community updates (see CyanogenMod 6 with Froyo on G1)
    Samsung - i don't know, didn't consider them so i didn't check out their update policy

    And yeah, Nexus One is the developer phone, so it gets updates first, the question is how long ;).
     
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    Nexus One as it's the only vanilla Android phone.
    HTC followed because of their support of their phones and the big community.
     
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    Hmm, seems my country(Philippines) isn't on the Nexus' supported territories list :p

    There seems to be two versions: one that does UMTS 850/1900/2100, and the other 900/AWS/2100...which has better coverage in the US? Do we expect AWS to catch on soon?
     
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    at&t (850) is the larger carrier but coverage really varies by location for any carrier.

    The Droid is a Google Experience device (no UI).
     
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    The "myTouch 3G 3.5 mm Jack" (not the myTouch 3G Slide) and the upcoming G2, from T-Mobile USA are both Google Experience (vanilla) phones.

    T-Mobile is the only US carrier using AWS frequencies.
     
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    i would say get an HTC. even if they don't provide an official update, at least you can still use custom roms.
     

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