New Android phones from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson will get software upgrades for 18 months after launch
Earlier today, while announcing Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has also unveiled details on upcoming software upgrades for Android devices.
Together with other major companies, Google has agreed to “adopt guidelines for how quickly devices are updated after a new platform release, and also for how long they will continue to be updated.”
The companies participating are: HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Vodafone.
They’ve all agreed that new Android devices
“will receive the latest Android platform upgrades for 18 months after the device is first released, as long as the hardware allows.”
So there you have it: from now on, if you’ll buy a new Android device from any of the companies mentioned above, software upgrades will be guaranteed (?) for at least 18 months. Of course, the “as long as the hardware allows” line doesn’t sound too promising for future low-end devices, but… we’ll see what happens.