Samsung surprises cell phone users: Big change in Android updates

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As part of the presentation of new Galaxy products, Samsung made an announcement that nobody expected. It’s about Android updates and the supply with them. Samsung sets a new record that even Google, as an Android developer, does not offer.

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung is distributing Android upgrades for three years

The South Korean company Samsung has generated a lot of enthusiasm in the past few months. It distributes Android updates for its smartphones for four years. Major upgrades, i.e. system jumps like from Android 10 to Android 11, but only twice. That is changing now. Samsung has stated that customers keep their phones longer and longer and would like to reward them. Instead of just delivering two major updates, there will now be three major Android upgrades. This initially applies to selected series:

  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy Z

So in the end, high-end smartphones, for a reason. Samsung will include the A-series, which moves in the middle class, into this circle of longer supported phones, if the hardware allows – was confirmed to The Verge. There is no point in publishing an update that makes the phone worse than before. Instead, these models should continue to be supplied with security updates – for a very long time. But what does that mean exactly?

The new regulation applies from the Samsung Galaxy S10. So if you have an S10, Note 10, S20 or one of the folding cell phones, you will benefit from the longer updates. The S10 would therefore not be retired after the Android 11 update, but would now also receive Android 12.

This is what you can expect with Android 11:

Are Samsung’s Android updates coming faster now?

Samsung didn’t say that. So it could still take a few months before major Android updates are implemented. Samsung, on the other hand, is at the top when it comes to monthly security updates. The company is even faster than Google there. With the extended update guarantee, Samsung phones are of course even more attractive. After all, Samsung just puts on extra work to make customers happier. An important signal for the competition, which will stop distributing updates after two years.

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