Samsung one-ups Google with four years of promised major updates for its phones


One of the reasons why some iPhone owners tend to hold onto their devices longer than Android users is because Apple actually updates its older devices. Take for example iOS 15 which is supported by devices dating back to 2015 with the iPhone 6s. This means that the handset has actually been supported with new software features for the past 6-ish years.

This is versus Android devices where we typically see anywhere between 2-3 years of major updates, but that is expected to change with Samsung’s newer handsets, because the company has announced during its Galaxy S22 event that they will now be providing their phones with at least four years of major Android updates along with five years of security updates.

This is even better than what Google offers customers of its Pixel series of phones, where with the latest Pixel 6 that features the use of Google’s Tensor chipset, Google is only offering three years of major updates and five years of security. The best part is that this change in Samsung’s handling of updates will also apply to its 2021 smartphones.

According to Samsung, the list of devices that are eligible for four years of Android updates include:

  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

So if you happen to have purchased any of the devices above, your phones and tablets should be supported until 2025 or later.

Source: 9to5Google

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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