There are two guessing games that the Android community plays every time a new version is released. First is the game of guessing names in what dessert will be called after. The other is when your phone will actually receive the update. The Android platform is notorious for its slow and fragmented update, although there are few references on how manufacturers are doing in this regard. Enter AOSMark, a surprising new site that tries to praise or embarrass OEMs, depending on their Android update performance.
To be fair, Google has tried to do everything possible to alleviate the burden, encourage or even manufacturers of Android phones to quickly update their phones to the latest versions. Unfortunately, some original equipment manufacturers are too established in their ways to change. The best thing the community could do is to draw attention to OEMs who do a good job and those who do not.
It is not a simple task, mind. There is little or no official record to base report cards. Even AOSMark is using a secret formula that may cast some doubt on its methods. In short, simply consider how many times an OEM usually updates a phone. If your formula considers the total number of phones that an OEM has in nature, the site does not really say much.
As expected, Google is at the top of the list with a score of 3 out of 6, despite having only a total of six phones in the market. AOSMark insinuates that if iPhones were included, they would probably get an almost perfect score. LG is the second from below, which reinforces its recent tarnished image, while Samsung has surprisingly managed to overcome another 10. The essential is not in sight, although Nokia is just near the top. Even more curious, the HTC One Google Play Edition of 2013 is crowned as the most updated phone.
However, take the numbers with a grain of salt, without anyone, except AOSMark, knowing exactly the method and data sources. Of course, it is almost impossible to do it from an infallible scientific point of view, so any approach is already useful. If you influence these OEMs to do a better job, however, it is a completely different question.