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Is network branding slows down receive updates?

(Topic created on: 08/04/21 18:32)
the_bart123
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Hi there,

 

I am new in Android world. I used to receive iOS updates about few minutes after they released (or even SECONDS if Apple servers not slow down).

Now I got Galaxy S20 5G and I know there are delays with receiving security updates - like NOT seconds or minutes - but like days, weeks and even months!

Currently I know Pixel 3,4 and 5 received 1 April 2021 update....... on  1 April....... Samsung...... well - it is 8th April - silence - no update - there are news people with S20 started to receive it yesterday - me........ NOTHING.

Is it because I have O2 network branding in it?

Thank You and wish me luck - I will need it to receive that update

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Joeeye
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Unfortunately updates are usually done in batches. The S21 Ultra being Samsungs latest got the April update on 29 March. However phones like my Note 10+ 5G are still on the February security patch (other Note 10 models have received the one ui 3.1 update already). The only thing you can do is be patient.
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ghosty
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Sometimes it's good to let others install the updates first and post if there are any problems to avoid 😁
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the_bart123
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When my smartphone where I hold a lot of money  in few "money handling" apps - INSTANT security updates are MORE than important.

Being patient? Imagine you risk loosing a lot of money because I do NOT want to release updates on time - and I tell you.......... be patient!

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the_bart123
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True - but........ better have dead smartphone than someone will steal money from my money handling apps

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ghosty
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You may want to switch to iOS or pixel if security updates are your priority, those two will be the best bet for updates
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Shazzkid
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Unlike Apple, there isn't just 1 series of devices, but hundreds, different brands, different models. And each one requires modifications and optimisation, and this is done both on a brand level, but also a model level, and also individual networks like to make changes or review the update before they send it out.
All of this is the cause for the delays.
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the_bart123
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true - but I did not know spending £1000/$1000 will be cheated like that 😞

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the_bart123
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But there is just ONE Android - or am I wrong?

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Shazzkid
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Yes there is 1 android, but no manufacturers use just stock android, they only use it as a base for their own version. The closest you can get to stock android on a phone will be in Google Pixel devices, which is also why they get updates first, they barely need modifying.
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