The update situation has gotten much better in India, but there are a few notable holdouts.
Android continues to dominate in India, commanding a market share in excess of 97%. With India now the second-largest smartphone market in the world, that means a lot of phones running Android.
However, most of those devices aren’t on the latest version of Android, with manufacturers unwilling to commit engineering resources to continually update their products. For what it’s worth, the situation is better than last year, but there’s a lot of work left to be done.
To preserve my sanity, I’ve focused on phones that launched in India after October 2016. Here’s a look at where things stand when it comes to platform updates in the country.
Samsung continues to dominate the Indian handset market, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ doing remarkably well in the country. Both phones came with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and continue to receive timely security patches — Samsung rolled out the July 1, 2017 patch a few weeks ago.
However, Samsung hasn’t fared well when it comes to delivering the Nougat update to its mid-range devices. That wasn’t the case last year, but this time around, the Galaxy A5 2017, A7 2017, and the A9 Pro are still running Marshmallow. The Galaxy C7 Pro is also on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and there’s no mention of a Nougat update for the C9 Pro — Samsung’s first phone in India with 6GB of RAM — either.
Samsung has launched phones running Nougat, Marshmallow, and Lollipop — all in 2017.
More recent launches in the Galaxy J series — the Galaxy J7 Nxt — come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. But for every Galaxy J7 Nxt, there’s a Galaxy J3 Pro, which launched in May 2017 running Android 5.1 Lollipop.