For years now, Android smartphone makers lagged behind Apple when it came to giving regular software updates. Very few brands promised anything more than three years of updates. Google was an exception with its Pixel series. However, Samsung can now claim to beat Google at giving Android OS updates. During the launch of its Galaxy S22 series of smartphones, Samsung confirmed that its flagship phones will get four years of Android updates.
Samsung confirmed this in a press release and that it will deliver the “most up-to-date and more secure mobile experience possible for users by offering up to four generations of One UI and Android OS upgrades on select Galaxy devices.”
In comparison, Google Pixel 6 series offers ‘just’ three years of Android updates. Apple, on the other hand, is known to give iOS updates to iPhones for at least 6 years.
The eligible Galaxy devices with four generations of One UI and five years of security updates include:
- Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE and upcoming S series devices
- Galaxy Z Series: Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 and upcoming Z series devices
- Galaxy A Series: upcoming select A series devices
- Galaxy Tablets: Galaxy Tab S8, S8+, S8 Ultra and upcoming Tab S series devices
Samsung also said that it is planning to scale this effort across its various product ranges within the Galaxy ecosystem to deliver Android OS upgrades through Samsung One UI.
In addition to offering extended One UI upgrades, Samsung will now provide up to five years of security updates on select Galaxy devices. These updates will give Galaxy devices more secure end-to-end protection against potential security threats. Further, Samsung Galaxy Enterprise Edition customers will receive a one-year license for Samsung Knox Suite solutions to easily deploy and manage devices with access to a dashboard that tracks security updates and more.