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Here are the Android OEMs that do the best job of getting you the latest software

Updated May 2nd, 2014 4:51PM EDT
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One of the downsides of owning an Android phone is that it can take you forever to get the latest software updates since each Android OEM has to work separately with different carriers before it can push out new updates. That said, some OEMs do a much better job of this than others and Computerworld has taken the time to track their performance and grade them.

Google and Motorola get the best grades in Computerworld’s survey, which isn’t at all surprising given that Google creates Android and Motorola was until recently owned by Google. After Google and Motorola, Computerworld ranks Samsung at No. 3, although there’s a considerable gap between them since Google and Motorola both get A grades for their upgrade efficiency while Samsung only gets a C+.

“Samsung’s not going to set any records for promptness, and it’s anything but communicative,” Computerworld explains. “But if you don’t mind the waiting and the uncertainty, it tends to do a decent job at getting its devices upgraded. Eventually.”

That said, a C+ is still a better grade than other Android vendors got. HTC, for one, got a plain C, although Computerworld did give the company credit for getting its flagship HTC One upgraded to KitKat relatively quickly. LG got a C- grade, which Computerworld attributes to being completely uncommunicative with its customers. Manufacturers Sony, Asus and Acer all fared even worse than LG, though, so you probably shouldn’t buy a phone from those companies if you want to get your device upgraded in a timely fashion.

You can read Computerworld’s entire report card by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.