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Samsung promises at least four years of security updates for Galaxy devices

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Samsung has announced that its Galaxy devices will now receive regular security updates for at least four years after their initial launch. The new change applies to more than 40 Galaxy phones and tablets released in 2019. Prior to that, the South Korean giant offered security updates for at least two years on most of its devices. Samsung provides security updates on a monthly and quarterly basis – depending on the device. This means that flagships and premium models receive monthly updates, while mid-range, budget options and earlier flagships receive quarterly updates.

The list of devices that qualify for the four-year security update cycle includes 31 smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy S21,, Galaxy Fold,, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, and Galaxy A10e. It also includes 12 models of tablets, for example Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019),, Galaxy Tab S6, and Galaxy Tab S7 +.

Below is a list of acceptable Samsung devices for four years of security updates:

Samsung said with the new announcement that it is expanding the distribution of security updates on a monthly or quarterly basis. However, the existing criteria for releasing security updates varies – depending on the model you have. For example, if you have a Galaxy Note or Galaxy S model, you will receive security updates monthly, but this will not be the case with the budget Galaxy A model or an earlier flagship such as Galaxy S8 which is scheduled to receive quarterly security updates.

It is important to note that Samsung has not promised to provide monthly or quarterly security updates for a period of four years. Instead, it was mentioned that the devices would receive “regular security updates for a minimum of four years.”

However, Samsung’s commitment to provide four years of security updates for its Galaxy devices seems promising compared to other Android manufacturers, who typically provide security updates for two to three years. Google himself also promises to deliver “at least three years” the security updates on your Pixel phones.

Samsung’s latest announcement does not mean that eligible Galaxy devices will receive new updates to the Android OS for four years. However, the company last year promised to offer at least three “generations” of Android OS updates for almost 40 devices, including Galaxy Note, Galaxy S, Galaxy Z, Galaxy A and Galaxy Tab S.


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