Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Nougat

‘Tis the season for tech companies to start hawking high-end phones. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be hearing about numerous new Android devices from practically every manufacturer imaginable.

One thing you can bet none of them will mention, though, is their commitment — or lack thereof — to supporting and updating those smartphones after you buy ’em. Plain and simple, that’s not something most Android device-makers like to draw attention to or discuss.

Don’t let that lack of focus fool you. A company’s commitment to timely and ongoing software support is arguably the most important thing to consider with any Android phone purchase. The problem is that it’s hard to know what to expect when manufacturers aren’t upfront about their policies.

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