Samsung has recently revealed a new policy for Samsung updates. Under this policy, all Android-based Galaxy-branded devices from 2019 or later will now be provided with “Four years of security patches.” Every Galaxy line is included in this list: Galaxy S, Note, A, Z, Tab, XCover and for a total of about 130 models.
Last year, Samsung gave its fans a surprise by telling them that it would support its most recent handsets with three years of Android upgrades. It is an extra year on top of the de facto two-year upgrade promise Google needs of OEMs but rarely enforces
Now, Samsung upped the ante on that promise. Every Galaxy-branded Android device from 2019 or later will receive “Four years of security patches.” These Samsung updates will come on all devices from its many different lines including Galaxy S, Note, Z, A, Tab and XCover.
Along with the previous policy change, it shows that all future Samsung phones and tablets will receive three years of Android upgrades and “Four years of security patches.” There is no other company other than Google with such a broad policy.
Samsun updates: At last, a company took it serious
For many years, Samsung was also found among the bad culprits concerning lapses in security updates for its devices. It was extremely slow at introducing the latest Android versions to even its pricy flagships.
In the past two years, Samsung has attracted an about-face. Now, about all of its flagship phones from 2019 or later the latest version of Android will be receiving four years of security upgrades. Various active mid-range devices of the company are also updates with Android 11 or at least Android 10.
Moreover, Samsung upgrades for Android security now reached an inflamed footstep. In 2020, many months saw Samsung pushing the latest Android security updates even before Google launched it to Pixel devices.
As mobile security has become a matter of concern, it is good if Samsung leads the charge here. While many companies are performing at the bare minimum level — and others even walking backwards, one can just hope this will bring a significant change in the industry.