Samsung smartphones and tablets will in future receive updates over a longer period of time. The manufacturer has extended its update promise from three to four years. This means that the devices receive the important security patches for much longer.
Every month Google provides a security patch for Android smartphones and tablets, which the manufacturers in turn pass on to their mobile devices. This will keep you up to date with the latest security, which is why regular updates of this type are so important. Manufacturers such as OnePlus, HMD Global (Nokia) and Google are therefore making update promises for a period of three years – a promise that Samsung also joined in summer 2020. Now, however, the South Korean manufacturer is surprisingly expanding this. Instead of three years, Samsung would like to provide many of its smartphones and tablets with regular security patches for at least four years.
The following devices receive updates for a longer time
In the official announcement , Samsung names the devices that are included in the update promise. It therefore affects Galaxy products that have been on the market since 2019. These include, for example, the Galaxy Z, Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy A and Galaxy M series of smartphones. The update promise also applies to the Galaxy XCover outdoor series and the manufacturer’s tablets. Samsung not only includes its top models, but also favors the mid-range and entry-level devices that are so popular with many users.
|Folding smartphones||Galaxy Fold: Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold 2, Z Fold 2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G|
|Smartphones||Galaxy S: S10, S10 +, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20 +, S20 + 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21 + 5G, S21 Ultra 5G|
|Galaxy Note: Note 10, Note 10 5G, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G, Note 10 Lite, Note 20, Note 20 5G, Note 20 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra 5G|
|Galaxy A: A10, A10e, A10s, A20, A20s, A30, A30s, A40, A50, A50s, A60, A70, A70s, A80, A90 5G, A11, A21, A21s, A31, A41, A51, A51 5G, A71 , A71 5G, A02s, A12, A32 5G, A42 5G|
|Galaxy M: M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, M51|
|Outdoor smartphones||Galaxy XCover: XCover 4s, XCover Field Pro, XCover Pro|
|Tablets||Galaxy Tab: Tab Active Pro, Tab Active 3, 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 +|
Samsung is now ahead with update promises
With the extension of the update period to at least four years, Samsung wants to give its users the certainty that their data is protected as long as they use their Galaxy device. According to the company, new security patches are planned monthly or quarterly, i.e. quarterly, depending on the model and market.
With its update promise, Samsung is even overtaking Google and is now at the forefront of Android manufacturers. Other manufacturers may follow suit soon, after all, Google laid the foundation for a longer update period for security patches as early as December 2020.