I really love Samsung smartphones. For their external beauty, functionality and powerful hardware. Yes, with such hardware as theirs, they could easily compete in computing power with computers, and in photo quality – with professional cameras. It’s a pity that their software support has always been frankly so-so. No, Samsung has pulled off a lot lately, starting to roll out monthly security updates even before Google. But, as for the full-fledged versions of the operating system, everything was not very good here. The key word was.
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Samsung will increase the timeline for updating its flagships to three years. But, unlike OnePlus, which also claims three years of support and only releases security patches in the third year, the Koreans have promised three major Android updates. That is, if a smartphone came out on Android 10, its support will end not on Android 12, like devices of all other brands, but on Android 13. This is a real breakthrough for the industry, because no other manufacturer has ever done this in my memory. except for Apple.
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Despite the fact that the practice of the three-year update was announced – and even then, quietly – at the presentation of the Galaxy Note 20, it will apply to all future flagships and several existing ones. They will be the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy S10. But for some reason nothing was said about the Galaxy Note 10. But, given that last year’s “laptop” belongs to the same generation as the S10, most likely Samsung will extend its support. In any case, it would be logical and fair in relation to consumers.
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Of course, Samsung’s new initiative will find a great response from users who are already accustomed to the fact that their smartphone is shamelessly outdated after two years of use. After all, three years of supporting an Android smartphone is a real nonsense. However, you need to take into account one small nuance, which is the release time. After all, if the same Google Pixel comes out closer to the end of the year, then the Galaxy S smartphones go on sale in February. Because of this, they still come out on the old OS version. Therefore, in this way, Samsung matches the actual life of the smartphone with the timing of its update.
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Does this affect the perception of Samsung’s new initiative? Of course not. Android users, in principle, are not used to being cared for so much, and now they’ve added an extra year of support. As a result, this will lead to even more serious consequences than one could imagine:
Samsung smartphones will buy more because they last longer; Samsung smartphones in the future will be more functional than any other; Samsung smartphones will be on sale longer and cheaper, because they will not be forgotten in two years.
In general, literally everyone will benefit from the extension of support: Samung, users, and retailers, who will not need to drop prices in order to somehow attract consumers.
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But, most importantly, now Samsung smartphones will more or less match their hardware. No, well, just imagine that with the previous support periods, the Koreans had to abandon the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G update with 16 GB of RAM and a price of more than 100 thousand rubles already next year. Of course, this could not please the users. But here Samsung does a trick with its ears and extends the support period for a whole year. Yes, it’s still worse than Apple, which has been updating iPhone for 5 years, but noticeably better than everyone else.