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Android 12 Upgrade Report Card: What a weird year

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In the world of software, six months is an eternity.

Heck, look at how much has happened over the past six months since Android 12 came into the universe. Google started and then finished a hefty 0.1-style update that lays the groundwork for significant large-screen improvements to the Android experience. And it’s now well into the public development phase of its next big Android version, Android 13 — which is the rapidly forming release on most folks’ minds at this point.

And yet, plenty of people out in the land o’ Android are somehow still waiting for last year’s Android 12 update to arrive on their extremely recent, not-even-remotely-budget-level phones.

That’s why I started doing these Android Upgrade Report Cards some 6,942 years ago — because from an average phone-owner’s perspective, there’s really no way to know what’s gonna happen six months after you buy a device and how well the manufacturer is actually gonna support it.

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned (and/or old, in general), but that doesn’t sit well with me. You’re the one paying good money for a piece of technology. You should have the context you need to make an educated and informed decision about which product is right for you — not just for the first few weeks that you own it but for the entire two- to three-year period that you’re likely to carry it around.

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