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Since you're able to update to the newest version of Android, what smartphone is the most well-rounded and has the drivers to update to the newest or close to newest version of Android?

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@Chahk, I don't agree. That Q was from someone who has an old device and wants support. This Q is what everyone should ask before buying a new device. I think it is a good question. –  Tom Mar 4 '12 at 17:00
    
possible duplicate of Phone with constant support of Android OS –  eldarerathis Mar 4 '12 at 18:22
    
not only is this a duplicate but any answer could potentially be outdated tomorrow. Not only that, what do you mean by update-able? People have put CM7 on a G1, so if you ask me, that is the most update-able since it is the oldest phone and running almost the latest version of android. –  Ryan Conrad Mar 4 '12 at 19:29
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@Tom Good point. The other question eldarerathis pointed out is a better match. Ryan Conrad is right though, this question is off-topic per FAQ: the answers will be a never-ending and yet outdated list. –  Chahk Mar 4 '12 at 20:44
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The short answer is that the Nexus phones are the most updateable - not only do they get more updates then the other phones, but they also get more support from the community in general. Case in point, though Google has announced that the Nexus One will not get ICS, CyanogenMod will be providing it.

Other then the Nexus phones, I think it is best to stick to the high volume devices, particularly the flagship devices that are sold in many countries. These are much more likely to get the attention necessary to push the manufacturer to release updates and to release the drivers.

And finally, you can look at the CyanogenMod list of supported devices. I tend to check this list before buying or recommending a new device.

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