Cordova platform versions

When I run ionic platform add android I get cordova-android version 5.1.1 even though the latest stable is 5.2.1. I know I can run ionic platform add android@5.2.1 but why is ionic-cli/cordova not installing the latest release for me?

please update cordova on your system

npm -g install cordova

and create the new project will observe latest version of cordova added to your project.

I already have the latest Cordova (6.2) installed and still don’t get latest Cordova-android/cordova-iOS by default.