Samsung has just announced that its devices released since 2018 will now benefit from four years of security updates. This announcement is good news, but it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Via a press release, Samsung announced that it would extend the period during which its Galaxy smartphones and tablets will receive security updates. From now on, devices released since 2019 will receive at least four years of security updates .
Four years is better but still not enough
Previously, Samsung offered monthly or quarterly security updates for at least the first two years of a device’s lifespan, the frequency of which was determined by the model.
This is because high-end phones like the Galaxy Note or Galaxy S ranges usually receive monthly updates, while cheaper models like the Galaxy A71 5G from 2020 receive updates. quarterly days. After a while, even on a high-end smartphone, Samsung switches to quarterly updates, such as the Galaxy S8 line.
What about now? Samsung promises four years of “ regular security updates “, but that doesn’t mean it’s monthly updates . Either way, the good news is that Samsung is working to extend the life of its devices, including some of its cheaper entry-level phones. Also note that this is better than what Google promises with “at least three years” of security updates for its Pixel phones.
Another important point is that Samsung promises security updates for at least four years, not Android updates . So which Samsung smartphones will benefit from the future Android 12 ? It is still too early to tell.
As a reminder, iOS 14 – the latest version of the iPhone OS available since late 2020 – is available on the iPhone 6s . This is a smartphone released in 2016, so we can see the gap that still separates Android and iOS.