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- Samsung simply introduced a brand new coverage for Samsung updates.
- The coverage states that every one Android-based Galaxy-branded units from 2019 or later will now get 4 years of safety patches.
- That features each Galaxy line: Galaxy S, Be aware, Z, A, XCover, and Tab, for a complete of over 130 fashions.
Final yr, Samsung shocked us all by asserting it could assist its most up-to-date telephones with three years of Android upgrades. That’s an additional yr on high of the de facto two-year improve promise Google requires of OEMs (however rarely enforces).
At present, Samsung upped the ante on that promise. Now, each Galaxy-branded Android machine from 2019 or later will get 4 years of safety patches. These Samsung updates will land on all units from its numerous strains: Galaxy S, Note, Z, A, XCover, and Tab.
Mixed with the earlier coverage change, because of this all future Samsung telephones and tablets will get three years of Android upgrades and 4 years of safety patches. Apart from Google itself, there isn’t any different firm with that broad of a coverage.
Samsung updates: Lastly, an organization is taking this significantly
For a very long time, Samsung was one of many worst offenders relating to lapses in safety patches for its units. It was additionally extremely gradual at delivering the newest Android variations to even its costliest flagships.
Over the previous two years, although, the corporate has pulled an about-face. At present, virtually all its flagship telephones from 2019 or later are on the latest version of Android. Lots of its energetic mid-range units are additionally both on Android 11 or at the very least Android 10.
What’s extra, Samsung updates for Android safety now come at a livid tempo. There have been many months in 2020 by which Samsung pushed the newest Android safety patch even earlier than Google pushed it to Pixel units.
With cellular safety turning into an enormous concern, it’s nice to see Samsung main the cost right here. With different corporations persevering with to carry out at the bare minimum level — and others even walking backward — we are able to solely hope this may spark a change within the total trade.