At Apple, the 5-year-old iPhone 6s was also updated to the latest operating system. With some Android smartphones, on the other hand, you can be happy if the manufacturer tries to make the latest Android version available via update for a device that is a year old.
In the case of cheap devices and mid-range smartphones that have sold worse than the manufacturer assumed, support with software updates is often neglected. If the manufacturer also does not provide the security updates, the users are unprotected against potential attacks.
4 years of support guaranteed
Samsung wants to make this weakness of the competition its strength. As the company announces, they want to offer support for Galaxy devices for 4 years from now on.
This applies to Galaxy devices that came onto the market from 2019. The update promise is also made for inexpensive models, such as the Galaxy A10. According to Samsung, longer support is now available for the following devices:
- Galaxy Foldables: Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold2, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
- Galaxy S Serie: S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20+, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note Serie: Note10, Note10 5G, Note10+, Note10+ 5G, Note10 Lite, Note20, Note20 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy A Serie: 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 M Serie: M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, M51
- Galaxy XCover Serie: XCover4s, XCover FieldPro, XCover Pro
- Galaxy Tab Serie: 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+
The updates should take place monthly or once a quarter. Samsung emphasizes that the updates will last for at least 4 years. However, the small print also states that “the availability of security updates may differ between devices and markets.”