Tag Archive: Updates


Sony confirms its flagship phones receive two years of software updates

Mid-range and entry-level phones are left to Sony’s discretion, however.

When buying a new Android phone, one of the things to keep in mind is how fast or slow certain manufacturers release software updates for existing hardware. Google’s Pixel line is the current go-to if you want the fastest updates possible, whereas companies like Samsung can be agonizingly slow in this regard.

Sony’s always done a pretty good job at pushing out software updates in a speedy  [Read More…]

The unbearable slowness of Samsung’s updates

Samsung controls the fate of updates for millions of Android users around the world. So why is it still so slow?

Every year around this time, as I prepare for another onslaught of Samsung leaks, rumors, and eventual reveals and reviews, I try to take a look back at the company’s update track record — and I’m always disappointed.

Just this week, Samsung announced that its extended and relatively exclusive Oreo beta is ending, which means that  [Read More…]

Ultra Mobile updates entry-level plan, offers 500MB of 4G LTE data for $19

Mobile virtual network operators or MVNOs for short are smaller carriers that rent space on larger networks. They come in all shape and sizes, and often offer unique value propositions. One such example is Ultra Mobile, which has been around since 2012. The carrier uses T-Mobile’s networks and focuses on offering low-cost plans for those […]

How to “check for updates” on your Android device

Updating your Android can be a painful experience that requires a lot of patience, depending on the device you own and the carrier you’re with. Customarily when a new version of Android starts rolling out, it doesn’t hit every device at the same time – it depends a lot on your location. The process can […]

Blackberry stops updates for the PRIV

Just as Blackberry promised, the company has stopped issuing updates for the Blackberry PRIV right on the 24-month mark. The Blackberry PRIV was launched in 2015 where the company promised to release updates to patch security vulnerabilities for 24 months. That period has now expired and right on the dot Blackberry are cutting support for […]

Consumers favor software updates over buying new phones, report suggests

Is the new annual flagship smartphone worth your hard-earned money, or is your older phone worth a second look? According to a new report coming out of the New York Post, it seems customers these days prefer getting a software update packed with new features, rather than invest towards a new phone. The rising trend […]

It looks like the Pixel 2 will get a minimum of 3 years of software & security updates

If you’re planning to get the new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, we have some good news for you. It seems that Google will be offering 3 years of OS and security updates for the new phones. This information was spotted in the official spec sheets of the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 […]

Google extends Nexus 5X and 6P security updates until Nov. 2018

Google has updated its ‘Minimum update & support period’ to show an extra couple of months for the Nexus 6P and 5X.

Back when Google began separating out security patches from platform updates, it established a cadence for its Nexus line that stands true today: two years for platform updates — in other words, two major releases — and three years for security patches, rolled out monthly.

It appears that, for some reason, Google has decided to  [Read More…]

The ‘Check for update’ button on Google phones now pulls updates immediately

When updates would roll out for Google devices, a certain percentage of people get the update and then the rollout stops until the next stage. Check for updates as many times as you want, but it won’t help you get the update faster.

Now things are a bit different, and for the better. Googler Elliot Hughes says that the new system allows the “Check for update” button to pull the latest software version, even if a specific stage of the  [Read More…]

In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updates

File this one under things finally working as described.

If you’ve ever mashed that “Check for update” button in your phone settings because you were waiting and ready for an update, you know disappointment. You might be disappointed less in the future, as the button now actually checks for an update when asks rather than check to see if you were slotted in to be updated that day.

Long-time Android developer and new master of update buttons Elliot Hughes  [Read More…]