Samsung, Apple, Google, Xiaomi… Not all smartphone brands are created equal! Here's a ranking of those that offer the most software tracking

New JVTech Samsung, Apple, Google, Xiaomi… Not all smartphone brands are created equal! Here's a ranking of those that offer the most software tracking

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In the TV market, it's a race for brightness. In batteries, it's the mAh race. In smartphone photo sensors, it's the race for Mpx. Manufacturers often fight the battle of “wow” figures, even if their actual impact in use is not necessarily noticeable. What is noticeable, however, is software tracking. Brands communicate relatively little about this, but it is very important to be able to update your smartphone as much as possible. Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi, we comb the policies of all the major manufacturers in France!

Apple: long-term iOS tracking for iPhone

An iPhone is expensive, yes. But it's not expensive for anything! Buying an iPhone means investing your money in a high-quality smartphone that should “live” as long as possible. And there's nothing better to extend the life of a device than to keep it updated. Despite all the urban legends and preconceived notions, Updating your iPhone optimizes battery usage while giving it access to new features and, of course, all-important security fixes.

For every major iOS update, Apple publishes the full list of compatible devices. For iOS 17, officially released in September 2023, the latest supported smartphone is the iPhone XR, released in September 2018. Therefore, the follow-up is for 6 years, because the iPhone XR will probably no longer be updated from September 2024 (even if we could get a nice surprise). As you will see, in this market, this much software tracking is a pretty rare thing.

Note that Apple device tracking varies from year to year. The iPhone 8 series, for example, had 6 different operating systems (hence a 7-year tracking). Other, older models were “only” updated 5 years ago.

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Samsung: smartphone market leader, thanks in part to excellent software tracking

We get to Android and immediately things get complicated. So let's start by explaining that they existthe types of updates (Update) for smartphones not affected by Apple: “important” Updates (new Android versions) and “safe” Updates (almost invisible to use but important not to break). hacker). Remember this information carefully, because many Android smartphones offer long-term monitoring only for security updates.

So let's start with Samsung, the market leader in Android smartphones… thanks in part to a pretty big deal. Samsung's case is therefore quite complex:

  • The recent Galaxy S24 premium series will have a 7-year follow-up right about important updates and security updates.
  • The other high-end smartphones of the Korean giant (Galaxy S from previous years but also foldable smartphones) as well as mid-range products (the Galaxy A) are eligible 5 years of security updates and 4 years of major updates.
  • Cheap Samsung smartphones are being tracked 3 subjects be it important updates or security updates.

View smartphones on the official Samsung website

Google: they built Android and it shows

In 2024, Google decided not to steal the limelight from Samsung anymore. G of GAFAM develops Android, Google Pixel smartphones should therefore be particularly well adapted to this operating system. So it's now official, on the Pixel 8 series, Google offers 7 years of support. Therefore, buying a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro today guarantees that you will have a smartphone that will still be up to date until the end of 2030.

As for the Pixel 6a, 6, 6 Pro, 7, 7 Pro, 7a and Pixel Fold, they “benefit from updates for at least five years from the date the device first became available on the Google Store in the United States.” , according to Google's official website. Not bad at all.

Finally, for early Google Pixel smartphone models, count on “at least three years from the date of initial availability of the device.”

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Xiaomi, Redmi, Oppo, Honor: The Chinese giants a little less generous

This last part will be dedicated to Chinese brands as a whole. Why ? Because they all pretty much have the same policy when it comes to Android updates:

  • The introductory level is only attended for 2 years.
  • The middle category is more than 3 years.
  • The very latest high end is 3 or 4 years old.

Let's do another quick overview of the main Chinese manufacturers.

Xiaomi : Xiaomi smartphones sell very well in France. And for good reason: the Chinese manufacturer offers a huge number of references, which we will not detail in this document. Remember, however, that the powerful and recent Xiaomi 13T Pro will be followed for 4 years (and even 5 for security updates). Subtract 1 year from these figures for the manufacturer's other main models and 2 years for entry-level products and also for the very popular Redmi sub-brand.

Price : Honor is a brand we really value at JVTECH. It is growing more and more in Europe and is putting significant pressure on its competitors. The latest and greatest Honor Magic 5 Pro will be entitled to 3 years of updates (major and security). For the brand's other models, it's generally 2 years, with sometimes a 3rd “bonus” year for security updates.

Realme : most of the manufacturer's products are a little updated. The cheapest ones are only tracked for one year and most others are tracked for 2 years, with a bonus year for security patches.

Oppo : Finally, there remains Oppo, another giant experiencing extremely strong global growth. Please be aware that since last year, Oppo guarantees four years of major Android updates and five years of security updates on its high-end smartphones, such as the Oppo Find X6 Pro. Remove one-year tracking for all other slightly older flagship models. For the rest, count on 1 or 2 years of major updates and 2 or 3 years of security updates.

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Main source: 01net

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