One smartphone market norm we are all familiar with is that the handsets get AndroidOS updates for 2 years. What this basically means is that your Android devices generally get 2 Android software updates, which is like 2 generations in the smartphone market. And this is the norm at present! However, South Korean tech giant, Samsung, seems bent on breaking this practice. At least for some of their devices! Now Samsung has decided to give at-least 3 years of software updates for some of the device
Samsung also charges big bucks for some of its top flagship models, almost on par with Apple’s or slightly lesser. It may seem pointless for many users to shell out such amounts for just a few updates, only to change the device after 2 years or so. Many users have raised concerns about Samsung’s updates being erratic in the past. Apart from this, many also complain about waiting for Samsung’s updates being rolled out in lengthy phases. There has been much hue and cry from fans for the company to provide updates for 3 years justifying the big bucks paid. Now, it seems that they’re now pulling up their socks, with a move in the right direction.
Samsung has been in the news recently and for a good reason. In their recent Galaxy Notice 20 announcement, the tech company made some revelations. Among these, one was that Samsung will continue providing support for some of their devices for a period of 3 years with key Android software updates. This will keep the device up to date and ensure secure user experience. This announcement is also similar to Google’s policy for future software updates for their Pixel series of smartphones.
The South Korean giant had previously promised support for 3 years, a few lineups only. This included the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones. The devices included in the Galaxy S family mentioned in their announcement are the S10 and S20 series. The list also included some premium flagship models of the Galaxy A series and the Galaxy Tab S6 and S7. But turns out, there’s a bigger list of devices that will receive the software update support for 3 years. Let’s have a look below!
List of Samsung Galaxy Devices to Get 3 Years Software Update Support
- S20 Series- Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20
- S10 Series- 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite
- Note 20 Series- Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, Note20
- Note 10 Series- Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite
- Fold Series- Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold
- A Series- A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G
- Tab S6 and S7 Series- Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite
So, Samsung will, in fact, provide the support for a total of existing 38 products among their offerings. It can also be expected that the support will be given to all devices of the Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Z, and Galaxy Tab S series as well. However, the A series will likely get the support for a few specific devices only.
Statement by Samsung
In light of this announcement, it seems that Samsung has decided to respond positively to their users’ concerns. They intend to provide a better experience to their users especially since their devices’ lifelines have increased over the years.
Janghyun Yoon, Senior VP and Head of Software Platform Team at Samsung Electronics was quoted saying “Samsung is committed to supporting our users to fully enjoy the latest mobile experiences while they are using Galaxy devices. As people hold onto their devices for longer, we are working to bring secure protection and exciting new features to the devices already in their hands. By supporting up to three generations of Android OS upgrade, we are extending the life cycle of our Galaxy products and making a promise that we will provide a simple and secure mobile experience that takes advantage of the latest innovations as soon as they are available.”