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Samsung is extending the update period of its portfolio: Over 130 models from the South Korean tech giant will receive security patches for four years from market launch.
The manufacturer’s smartphones and tablets can now be used safely for a longer period of time. So far, the guaranteed update period for security patches was three years and thus on par with Google, HMD Global / Nokia and Oneplus.
Samsung promises a longer update period
Samsung had already announced in summer 2020 that it would provide many smartphones and tablets with major Android updates for a period of three years. This raised the manufacturer to the same level as the update reference Google, which has been updating its Pixel smartphones for three years for years. With the latest announcement from South Korea, Samsung is pushing its update guarantee even before Google’s.
As the company announced on Monday, many models that have been on the market since 2019 will be provided with security patches for an additional year. According to Samsung, the security updates should reach the devices monthly or quarterly, depending on the model. With this, Samsung wants to give users the certainty that their data is protected as long as they use their Galaxy device.
Which Samsung models are favored?
Samsung has published an extensive list of smartphones and tablets benefiting from the changes. In addition to the expensive devices such as the current top models of the S21 series and last year’s S20 and 2019 S10 series, all foldables are also included. But also cheaper models from the A and Lite families as well as devices from the Xcover series.
The se devices are included:
Galaxy Foldable Models:
- Galaxy Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold2, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20+, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21Plus 5G, S21 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 5G, Note 10 Plus, Note10 Plus 5G, Note 10 Lite, Note 20, Note 20 5G, Note 20 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy 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 M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, M51
Galaxy XCover Series:
- Galaxy XCover 4s, 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 Plus
The trend of longer updates should not end there. Because in December, Google and Qualcomm announced that they would allow Android updates for four years. In addition, Google is continuing to work on the substructure of its mobile operating system in order to be able to update even more components independently of the smartphone manufacturers. With Android 12, thanks to the extension of Project Mainline, the complete Android runtime environment can be updated without a major system update.
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