Qualcomm’s smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is still stuck on Android 11

Qualcomm’s smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is still stuck on Android 11

Qualcomm’s smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is still stuck on Android 11

Qualcomm, the company that makes Snapdragon processors, wanted to go big for the launch of its first smartphone, punching a $1,500 price tag on an Asus-designed device that is supposedly suited to the geekiest of Snapdragon fans. But almost a year after its release, the superfan’s dream phone is still running Android 11 and has not received a security patch after the January update, as first reported by XDA Developers (through android police

In a Reddit thread pointed out by XDA, users wonder if the device, dubbed the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, was abandoned by Qualcomm. The last software update for the device came in March (18.1055.2201.203), and while it calls an “updated Android security patch”, it is said to have pushed the now six-month-old January update to the phone instead. Meanwhile, Google and Samsung have already started rolling out the June 2022 update to selected devices.

Qualcomm still hasn’t upgraded the phone to Android 12 either – something that really shouldn’t be the case for a flagship device that costs over $1,000. Android 11 is now almost two years old and a number of companies have already started allowing users to download the beta test of Android 13 on their phones.

A Qualcomm representative responded to Redditors’ concerns, at least about the frequency of the security updates. “The next security patch will be released on June 20, then new ones every 2-3 months,” said u/Snapdragon_Asa. The rep did not answer questions from users about the Android 12 rollout, and Qualcomm and Asus did not immediately respond to The edge‘s request for comment.

As noted by android policeAsus – the company that designed and manufactured the device – may have something to do with the overall slowness of updates. Asus may simply not prioritize this device for updates. It’s unclear how many of these devices Qualcomm managed to sell, but it’s likely less than Asus’ more affordable ZenFones lines.

Asus also doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to rolling out updates in a timely manner. Last September, Asus released the Asus ZenFone 8 with Android 11 and started rolling out an Android 12 update in December. It only brought Android 12 to ZenFone 7 series devices last month, and the Asus Rog Phone 5, a device similar in specs to Snapdragon Insider’s smartphone, didn’t get Android 12 until March of this year.

In comparison, other newer devices like the Pixel 6/6 Pro came with Android 12 when they came out in October, while Samsung made Android 12 available for the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra in November.