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Samsung recently announced a change in its Android security updates. The tech giant has confirmed that its future phones will be getting four years of Android security updates, instead of the usual three.
They further said that the security updates also apply to phones launched from 2019 to date. This will be for all Samsung mobile phones produced within this period and further including the Z, S, Note, A, XCover and Tab series.
Seungwon Shin, VP & Head of Security Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics in the announcement said, “At Samsung, our number one priority is offering the best and most secure mobile experience to our users, and we’re constantly optimizing the security of our products and services.”
This announcement is sure to cause a bit of rumble in the Android market, especially for Google. Despite the Android platform being owned and developed by Google, only three years of Android software and security updates is given to its Pixel phones.
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Samsung Update, A Step Closer To Apple
Most companies offer three years of security updates and just two years of software maintenance. Samsung’s new update plan takes them a little closer to the five to six years iOS updates offered by Apple to its iPhone users.
No mention of the Android software updates going beyond two years in the announcement. This means using an old device past two years may cause you to miss out on new features offered by newer versions of Android. However, you will still be secured since updates on Android security will be made available to you for an extra two years according to Samsung’s new plan.
Knowing the phone industry, it is likely that most phone makers will follow in Samsung’s footsteps. Some might even opt for a five-year update to try and beat Samsung at its game.
Eligible Galaxy Devices For Four Years Android Security Updates
For those with the following devices, you are eligible for the four years Android security updates offered by Samsung.
- Galaxy Fold, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
- Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A10e, A20, A50, A11, A21, A51, A51 5G, A71 5G
- Galaxy XCover FieldPro, XCover Pro
- Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Tab Active3, Tab A 8 (2019), Tab A with S Pen, Tab A 8.4 (2020), Tab A7, Tab S5e, Tab S6, Tab S6 5G, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7, Tab S7+