Nokia leads in smartphone software and security updates: Counterpoint

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Close to 96 per cent of Nokia smartphones sold since since Q3 2018 are running on Android Pie. HMD Global has upgraded its entire portfolio of Nokia smartphones to Android Pie already and recently announced its roadmap for Android 10 update as well. The company’s efforts in delivering software and security updates quickly is why it is currently leading the global rankings in smartphone software update, according to the latest findings by Counterpoint Research.

“Among the top 10 smartphone makers, nearly 96 per cent of Nokia smartphones, sold cumulatively since Q3 2018, are already running on Android Pie or have had an Android Pie update issued to them,” Counterpoint’s Associate Director, Tarun Pathak said. Samsung comes second in the rankings with 89 per cent and Xiaomi is third at 84 per cent.

Not only has HMD managed to upgrade its entire portfolio of Nokia phones to Android Pie, but it has also done so in the shortest span of time, covering 94 per cent of Nokia smartphones within one year of launch of the latest Android version.

“We believe that device makers need to step up their efforts to provide regular software and security updates to their users,” Pathak notes. “Only a few brands commit to making sure their smartphones are always running the latest version. Nokia was the fastest brand in issuing the latest software updates covering 94% of its portfolio within a year of the launch of the latest Android version.”

It has been noted that smartphone brands usually update premium, high-end phones first while delaying updates for lower and mid-range devices. Counterpoint’s rankings took into consideration manufacturers’ performance at updating software across all price tiers. “By this analysis, Nokia stands out, again, as the brand most likely to update its full portfolio quickly. Xiaomi and Lenovo also rank high in this metric.”

HMD Global recently announced its Android 10 update roadmap for Nokia smartphones. The company plans to update almost all its existing Nokia phones to Android 10 by Q2 2020, so by the looks of it you can expect to see HMD maintain its ranking next year as well.