Credit score: Oliver Cragg / Android Authority
- Samsung simply introduced a brand new coverage for Samsung updates.
- The coverage states that every one Android-based Galaxy-branded gadgets from 2019 or later will now get 4 years of safety patches.
- That features each Galaxy line: Galaxy S, Word, Z, A, XCover, and Tab, for a complete of over 130 fashions.
Final 12 months, 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 12 months on prime of the de facto two-year improve promise Google requires of OEMs (however rarely enforces).
Right this moment, Samsung upped the ante on that promise. Now, each Galaxy-branded Android system from 2019 or later will get 4 years of safety patches. These Samsung updates will land on all gadgets from its varied traces: 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. Other than Google itself, there is no such thing as a different firm with that broad of a coverage.
Samsung updates: Lastly, an organization is taking this severely
For a very long time, Samsung was one of many worst offenders in the case of lapses in safety patches for its gadgets. It was additionally extremely gradual at delivering the most recent Android variations to even its most costly flagships.
Over the previous two years, although, the corporate has pulled an about-face. Right this moment, nearly all its flagship telephones from 2019 or later are on the latest version of Android. A lot of its lively mid-range gadgets are additionally both on Android 11 or no less than Android 10.
What’s extra, Samsung updates for Android safety now come at a livid tempo. There have been many months in 2020 through which Samsung pushed the most recent Android safety patch even earlier than Google pushed it to Pixel gadgets.
With cellular safety changing into an enormous concern, it’s nice to see Samsung main the cost right here. With different firms persevering with to carry out at the bare minimum level — and others even walking backward — we are able to solely hope this can spark a change within the general business.