Samsung has announced that its Galaxy devices will now receive regular security updates for a minimum of four years after their initial launch. The new change is applicable to over 40 Galaxy phones and tablets launched since 2019. Previously, the South Korean giant offered security updates for at least two years to most of its devices. Samsung provides security updates on a monthly and quarterly basis – depending on the device. This means that flagships and premium models get monthly updates, while mid-range, budget options, and earlier flagships receive updates on a quarterly basis.
The list of devices that are eligible for the four-year security updates cycle31 smartphones, including the , , , and the . It also includes 12 tablet models, such as the , , and the .
Below is the list of eligible Samsung devices for four years of security updates:
- Galaxy Foldable devices: , Galaxy Fold 5G, , Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, ,
- Galaxy S series: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
- Galaxy Note series: , Galaxy Note 10 5G, , Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, , , , ,
- Galaxy A series: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
- Galaxy M series: , , , , , , , , , ,
- Galaxy XCover series: Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy XCover FieldPro, Galaxy XCover Pro
- Galaxy Tab series: Galaxy Tab Active Pro, , , Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, , , , , , , ,
said with the new announcement, it is extending security updates rollout on a monthly or quarterly basis. The current criteria for the security updates rollout, however, – depending on which model you have. So, for instance, if you have a Galaxy Note or Galaxy S model, you’ll get security updates on a monthly basis, but this won’t be the case with a budget Galaxy A model or an earlier flagship like the that is scheduled to receive quarterly security updates.
It is important to point out that Samsung has not made any promise on whether it will provide security updates on a monthly or quarterly updates for the period of four years. It instead mentioned that the devices would receive “regular security updates for a minimum of four years”.
But nevertheless, Samsung’s commitment of providing four years of security updates to its Galaxy devices looks promising against other Android manufacturers that normally provide security updates for two to three years.itself also promises to of security updates on its Pixel phones.
Samsung’s latest announcement doesn’t mean that the eligible Galaxy devices will receive new Android OS updates for four years. However, the company last yearto offer at least three “generations” of Android OS updates to almost 40 devices, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S, Galaxy Z, Galaxy A, and Galaxy Tab S devices.
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