Computer World recently crunched some numbers and came up with some interesting stats regarding Android updates and which carriers and manufacturers were fastest in their cycles. As far as carriers go, Verizon edged out the pack with a third of their devices receiving Android 2.2 within 6 months of the software’s release. Sprint came in second at nearly 30% which was helped along by how fast they were able to deliver upgrades for the HTC EVO 4G – their flagship device, at the moment.
Unfortunately, phones like the Samsung Intercept who took forever to receive their updates dragged their days average down to about 100, nearly doubling Verizon. T-Mobile came in third, with AT&T getting that fourth slot wrapped up (unsurprisingly).
As for hardware manufacturers, we saw this coming too: HTC was the best OEM in terms of software upgrades as 50% of their phones received Android 2.2 in 2010 with an average cycle of 56 days from time of OS release to the time an update was delivered. These numbers are that much more impressive when you consider just how many HTC phones there are on the market.
Motorola came in second, undoubtedly helped along by Verizon’s DROID brand usually getting upgrade love faster than most. Samsung was third beating the likes of Dell, Sony, and LG, though Samsung had relatively less to offer. (They had only nine phones in the US, and only the Intercept received Froyo.)