But with brands only committed to two Android version updates, only phones released in the last two years will get the latest Android update — leaving tens of millions of devices out in the cold.
As my colleague Joe Maring pointed out, the software experience is more important than any other spec in 2020.
Regardless of how much you've paid for your phone, if the software is sub-par, you're going to have a bad experience.
And while Android flagships are substantially costlier now and feature much better hardware than a few years ago, one art that hasn't changed is software updates.
Most brands are still only committed to offering two platform updates and security updates for three years, and that's true even for $1,000 flagships.
With the $399 iPhone SE changing the paradigm for value, it's high time Android manufacturers extend software support on their phones.
We'll just have to wait and see if it acts as a catalyst for Android manufacturers to raise their game. »