1. MAK-VA's Avatar
    I see that Google Fi is selling phones other than its own Pixel series. For anyone here that has a Samsung or Motorola phone bought from Google Fi and active on Google Fi, I have this question:

    Are you getting updates to Android at the same rate/frequency as the Google Pixel phones?

    I know my Pixel 4 XL got Android 11 nearly as soon as Google wrote it , and my Pixel 2 XL got the updates ASAP as well. My wife's Pixel 3a is also on the update curve, so I know that Google pushes out the updates to its own phones as fast as it can.

    What I don't know is whether Google also pushes updates out to (for example) Samsung phones, or are they delayed as they first pass through the Samsung quality-inspection filter like all the rest of Samsung's phones on other carriers? My suspicion is that they are delayed, but I can't confirm this (and, of course, a call to Google said "they get updates at the same rate", which I find hard to believe).

    Thanks for the information.
    01-03-2021 09:57 PM
  2. wcavaliere88's Avatar
    The updates will still come from Samsung. Pixels are quick to receive the updates as they are stock Android with little modification. Samsung's OneUI is a heavy modded version of Android that takes time to push out. I have not had a Samsung phone is years, but I think they are getting better with updates
    01-04-2021 08:14 AM
  3. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    They are quicker than they used to be. Security updates are usually quite fast but Android updates take months longer than pixels
    01-04-2021 08:27 AM
  4. MAK-VA's Avatar
    Thanks - confirmed my suspicion that, if I want to stay on the bleeding edge, stay with Pixel.
    01-04-2021 09:00 PM

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