2nd April 2023

Like the Google Pixel. Samsung flagship smartphones (starting with Galaxy S10) are now backed by a 3-year Android update guarantee

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Samsung has changed its policy regarding software support for its flagship Android smartphones in terms of major OS updates (not security updates). If earlier the flagship smartphones of the Korean company were provided with a two-year support cycle with a guaranteed release of two major OS updates, now the support period for such models has been increased to three years. That is, Samsung flagships will now receive three major OS updates, just like the Google Pixel smartphones.

This means that the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra flagship smartphones presented yesterday, which will be released on Android 10 with One UI 2.5, will eventually receive updates to Android 11, Android 12 and Android 13.

One of the slides of yesterday’s presentation indicated in small print that the new rules apply to flagship models starting with the Galaxy S10. A Samsung spokesperson later confirmed in a comment by Android Authority that the Galaxy S10 will be the launch model. That is, all models that came out after the Galaxy S10 (Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold) are backed by a “three-year” Android update guarantee.

S10 and Note10 series smartphones came out with Android 9 with One UI shell, and at the end of the year received an update to Android 10. Many S10 and Note10 owners have already resigned that the update to Android 11 will be the last, so this news should please them. Their smartphones should receive Android 12 by the end of next year, which will remain active until 2022.

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The release of the final version of Android 11, which is now in beta testing, for Pixel smartphones is expected on September 8. Samsung has not yet released a release schedule for Android 11 for its devices, but this process usually takes from a few months to six months (flagships get the update first, and then the rest of the models). It is likely that Android 11 will spread even faster given Google’s recent successes in this matter.

Android 10 sets an absolute record for the speed of distribution

Xiaomi recently announced that only 2020 and 2019 models will receive Android 11.

Source: Android Authority

Vicky O. Torres

My name is Vicky O. Torres. I am a psychologist by profession, and I love my work very much. And in general, I am an active seeker of truth, silence and beauty of the world.

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