In the quiet summer months leading up to the holiday shopping season, you’ll see us start to analyze data relevant to consumer mobile purchases. In this report, we analyze Android manufacturers and recommend which one will deliver the best user experience based on OS update speed and crash rate.


Motorola pushes out Android updates the fastest

One of the most common complaints about consumer Android devices is how long it takes to get the latest Android OS update. We examined device data for Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Motorola, and ZTE to determine which manufacturer pushes out OS updates the soonest. We excluded Nexus devices since they always receive the latest Android updates on the day they are released. For each manufacturer, we compared the time it took to upgrade from Android 5.x Lollipop to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Below is a graph illustrating the update speeds for the aforementioned manufacturers in the US:


Key findings include

  • Motorola pushes out Android updates the fastest
  • For the largest apps, Sony devices have the lowest overall crash rate
  • Russia has the worst Android device fragmentation in the world
  • Based on this data, we recommend your Android purchase this fall to either be an HTC device or a Motorola device

The full report is available to download, no form or signup is required. Also check out our data site for more data about the mobile ecosystem and for previous data reports.