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, Be aware, Z, A, XCover, and Tab, for a complete of over 130 fashions.
Final 12 months, Samsung shocked us all by saying it could assist its most up-to-date telephones with three years of Android upgrades. That’s an additional 12 months on high of the de facto two-year improve promise Google requires of OEMs (however rarely enforces).
In the present day, 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 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. Other than Google itself, there isn’t a 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 on the subject 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. In the present day, virtually 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 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 wherein Samsung pushed the most recent Android safety patch even earlier than Google pushed it to Pixel gadgets.
With cell safety changing 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.