Samsung improves update policy: security updates for four years

Samsung announces that all its recent smartphones and tablets will receive security updates for at least four years. This makes Samsung’s software support even better than Google’s.

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Samsung security updates appear for four years

Samsung says in a press release that all Galaxy devices released in 2019 (or later) will receive security updates for at least four years. The company previously rolled out these patches to its smartphones for three years, but is now sticking to them for another year. That’s nice, because it keeps your smartphone protected and up-to-date for a longer period of time.

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If you have a smartphone released in 2019 or later, you can count on getting security updates for at least four years. With high-end smartphones, such as the Galaxy S21, S20 and S10 phones, you receive it monthly, while cheaper devices are provided with a patch every quarter. Consider, for example, the popular Samsung A51, A41 and the affordable Galaxy M phones.

These phones will receive updates for at least four years:

  • Foldable smartphones: Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold 2, Z Fold 2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy S series: S10, S10 Plus, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20 Plus, S20 Plus 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21 Plus 5G, S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note series: Note 10, Note 10 5G, Note 10 Plus, Note10 Plus 5G, Note 10 Lite, Note 20, Note 20 5G, Note 20 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy A Series: 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 series: M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, M51
  • Galaxy XCover series: XCover4s, XCover FieldPro, XCover Pro
  • Galaxy Tab Series: 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 Plus

Very long updates

Samsung previously announced that major smartphones will receive three major Android version updates, instead of two. The company has a good update policy, and because security patches are now appearing longer, you can also use your smartphone for longer. With the security updates, the company closes leaks and other problems that are in Android. The patches are therefore very important.

Many Android manufacturers support their smartphones less long. For example, software support at OnePlus and even Google ends after three years, and at companies such as Motorola and Sony it is ready after two years. Only Apple fares better than Samsung: iPhones typically get iOS updates for five years (or even longer).

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