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I’m looking at getting an Android phone, and I don’t want to rule out phones that come with Android 5.XX installed if they can be upgraded to 7.XX, but I don’t want to get a phone if it isn’t capable of being upgraded.

  • We can't say that. If you want lifetime updates go with Iphone. – Mr_Green Nov 15 '16 at 6:43
  • Good to know! Unfortunately, I have a bit of an aversion to paying Apple's premium for pretty hardware. Also, I don't want a such a restrictive OS. I do like the dearth of accessories made for it, though – Ben Sandeen Nov 15 '16 at 18:20
  • Many can - you will for instance find a Cyanogen (sorry, Lineage) Android 7 ROM for something as old as the first generation Moto G, it is just as much a question of the manufacturer deeming it worth supporting it. For Android most phones won't be updated more than one major revision, ie. 4->5 or 5->6 – nsandersen Jun 12 '17 at 13:28
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I would suggest a number of things:

  • Check on the manufacturer's of the phone's website for hints or tips on capabilities that come with the phone, hardware specifications and all features of the phone

  • Check on technology blogs that do phone reviews e.g "Reviews Tabloid".

  • When Android 7.X.X is out check its requirements and compare with the specifications of the phone using Android 5.X.X and see if upgrade is possible.

  • Lastly try and find out if the phone allows for OTA updates.

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