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Why Indian OEMs don’t provide regular updates and where are the Android 11 updates as promised? [Micromax and Lava Mobiles]

With the foreign mobile manufacturers or OEMs like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, etc. releasing the latest Android or Software updates as promised, a question or a set of questions into one needs to be raised, “Why Indian OEMs don’t provide regular updates, and where are the Android 11 updates as promised?”

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To validate our question, we have gathered a list of the Indian OEMs whose devices are eligible for Android 11 or Android 12 update and are still unable to deliver the latest Android update to their users. We have mentioned the Indian OEMs whose devices have been released with an Android 10 out-of-the-box.

As prioir to that Android version devices are expected to not recieve any update we assume.

Micromax

Micromax showed promising results to the user by launching In Series of Smartphone last year and have promised 2 years of updates, we are yet to see how this goes.

Source : Twitter

A constant tweets are expected from users, waiting for android 11 update and the company has same response everday, instead of giving a specific timeframe and sticking to it. What Indian OEMs lack is commitment, they are not commited yet to serve very well right now for the demands and needs of a Indian User.

Micromax IN 1

The Micromax IN 1 was released in March 2021. It came with an Android 10 out-of-the-box. Therefore, it makes it eligible for the Android 11 update. Micromax actually promised the Android 11 early access program for IN 1 in April 2021 by replying to a user on Twitter. They promised the early access program in a month from the announcement (In a twitter Reply).

It is June 2021 and Micromax still hasn’t released anything regarding the Android 11 update for Micromax IN 1 and can only tell the users to wait further.

Micromax IN Note 1

Often confused with Micromax IN 1, the Micromax IN Note 1 was released in November 2020. It came with an Android 10 out-of-the-box and it made it eligible for the Android 11 update.

Micromax officially announced the Android 11 early access program for IN Note 1 in April 2021 on its official website. It invited the users for early access but didn’t release the update as promised.

There is still no update for Micromax IN Note 1 to Android 11 as of June 2021. One user asked about the update for IN Note 1 recently and got this response from Micromax on Twitter.

Micromax IN 1B

The Micromax IN 1B was released in November 2020 as well. Like other devices in the list, it also came with an Android 10 out-of-the-box. It made it automatically eligible for the Android 11 but it did not receive it as it should have.

The Micromax IN 1B received an OTA update along with a Security patch in February 2021 but it was based on Android 10 and not Android 11.

It is June 2021 and there is still no announcement on the Android 11 update for Micromax IN 1B. A user on Twitter asked about the Android 11 update for IN 1B and as expected, he was told to wait further for the announcement.

Lava

Lava, one of the premier Indian Oems along with Micromax, have been touting their new Z Series of devices with custmizations on ram & storage for few of its devices. But lets talk about software.

Source : Twitter

As of June, 2021 according to the tweets, mentioned by Lava business head, they will provide system software updates for 2 years and soon they will release android 11 update for its Z Series of devices, we are yet to see how they stick with their commitment.

Lava Z1

The Lava Z1 was released in January 2021 along with other Lava phones. It is a budget phone with Android 10 out-of-the-box. As usual, it is eligible for the Android 11 update. But, Lava has not announced anything yet about the update of Lava Z1 to Android 11. There is absolutely nothing from the side of Lava regarding the major OS update for this device as of June 2021.

Lava Z2

The Lava Z2 was released in January 2021 as well. It is June 2021 and there is still no official announcement or news regarding the Android 11 update for the Lava Z2.

A user on Twitter asked the official Lava account on that platform about the Android 11 update for the Lava Z2 multiple times since March 2021. But, that user wasn’t responded to and is still in the dark about the Android 11 update for his Lava Z2. There is neither any response nor any news from the Lava company about the OS update of this device as well.

Lava Z2 Max

The most recently launched Lava phone in this list is the Lava Z2 Max which was released in May 2021. Though it is the most recently launched mobile and Android 11 officially out in September 2020, it was still released with an Android 10 out-of-the-box.

Now that the other OEMs are already working on the Android 12 program, the Lava Z2 Max has not even received the early access program for Android 11. It is June 2021 and there is officially no news regarding the update to Android 11 and the users can only wait for it.

Lava Z4

Another Lava device that was released in January 2021, is the Lava Z4 which was officially launched in January 2021 with Android 10 out-of-the-box. Hence, it was automatically eligible for the Android 11 update.

There was an Android Security patch update released in May 2021, but it caused a problem for one user of Lava Z4. The user posted a screenshot of his problem on Twitter and asked Lava for a solution. As usual, he also wasn’t responded to or attended to.

Another user of Lava Z4 expressed his disappointment in the Lava mobiles’ response to their customers. While he received a response from Lava Mobiles after 2 days, he requested their official Twitter account to reply quicker to the user queries. Here is the thread.

Although, he actually got a response from the President and Business Head of the Lava Mobiles, Mr. Sunil Raina. Mr. Sunil Raina confirmed that the Lava Z4 will receive the system software updates for two years. But, he did not mention a date or timeline for the Android 11 update for the Lava Z4. So, the users will have to wait further.

Lava Z6

The Lava Z6 was another Lava device that was released in January 2021. It was released with an Android 10 out-of-the-box too. And as they say, it made it automatically eligible for the Android 11 update.

One unofficial source on Twitter confirmed that the Lava Z6 is going to receive the Android 11 update very soon. Also, the Lava Z2 and Lava Z4 will receive the Android 11 update along with the Lava Z6.

Although, there is no official confirmation as to when will the Lava Z6 and other Lava devices mentioned in the Tweet will receive the Android 11 update. The news can be a sheer rumor as well as there is no proper source to back it up. Still, it is June 2021 and the users of Lava Z6 can only wait for the OS update for their devices.

Lava BeU

The Lava device that rounds off this list is the Lava BeU which was officially launched in December 2020. It was released with an Android 10 Go Edition. It was hence, eligible for the Android 11 update as well.

It is June 2021 and there is still no official news regarding the Android 11 update or any early access program for the Lava BeU. There seems to be a conjectural pattern from Lava Mobiles of not giving any concrete news to their users and they follow it very well.

Our Verdict

Now that we have backed our questions with authentic sources and cases, it is up to the Indian OEMs to deliver a response in the form of an official system or OS updates for their respective mobile phones on time. What the users actually want are timely updates, proper/immediate feedback, and better performance from their respective devices and their OEMs, Indian OEMs in this case.

We hope that the Indian OEMs like Micromax, Lava Mobiles, Karbonn, Intex, and many others give strong competition to the foreign OEMs in the market. The beginning of that journey is by providing the above-mentioned customer needs on time.

What should users expect from Indian OEMs is don’t fall for whats going to be offered in future, buy a product based on what current set values and features it brings.

“Expected future updates equals waiting game for users”

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