Explore the Android phones, tablets, wearables, auto consoles and televisions that you can use to customize your digital life.Back in the early days of Android, system updates were very random: they would roll out at different times, and often several times per year.With the large amount of models being released, there’s little incentive to put a lot of work into updating an older model that’s been replaced by a newer one, especially when they’d rather encourage you to buy the newest model anyway.This has gotten better over time as consumers have pushed for better support as flagship phones get more and more expensive, but we still have a long way to go for manufacturers like Samsung to support their hardware the same way Google does.And by that, I mean they add/remove/change the interface and apps to make it their own.
Android manufacturers often aren’t as interested as they should be in updating devices after they’re released (especially cheaper ones).
Any manufacturer can make a smartphone or tablet, throw Android on it, and release it.
While there have been 14 different i Phones released since 2007, As such, Android phones use a wide variety of different hardware.
All that said, there is a series of Android phones made to directly mimic (and compete with) the i Phone in terms of release cycle and product support: the Pixel line.
While any manufacturer can release an Android phone customized to their liking, the Pixel is Google’s in-house brand that is designed with the purest (and cleanest) of Android experiences in mind.
Lastly, Android smartphone manufacturers are also beholden to cell phone carriers, who can delay updates by months on their networks.