Samsung has been crowned “King of Android Updates,” a title that may have seemed absurd to use a few years ago. Most people in the business world still believed that Google was the only company capable of rapidly rolling out software updates to devices running on its platform. That wasn’t the case, however, and it isn’t the case today. In reality, Samsung’s dominance as Android’s finest has only grown in recent years.
When it comes to the long number of devices it supports, Samsung has been consistently adding new ones in 2023. And Samsung is adding more and more years of support for anyone who missed it. Updating the Galaxy S22 is anticipated to continue until at least 2027. The Galaxy S10, which is already 4 years old, received an upgrade just this week from Samsung.
The main news is that starting now, all Samsung flagship phones will get 4 major Android OS upgrades and 5 years’ worth of security fixes. Previously, Samsung provided OS upgrades for 3 years and security updates for 4 years. Starting with the Galaxy S21 series, subsequent devices such the Galaxy S22, Galaxy Fold3, and Galaxy Fold4, Galaxy Flip3, and Galaxy Flip4, and the Galaxy Tab S8 family will get one additional year of software upgrades. The Galaxy S23 is not far off, and it deserves the same kind of attention. To be honest, I don’t think Samsung will include any more years, but you never know.
Noting this is significant since Google promises OS upgrades for the Pixel line for three years and security fixes for five years. Google may be the fastest at releasing updates, but it’s weird that they don’t promise to keep their operating systems up to date for at least four years. What’s stopping Google now that it’s using its own Tensor processors, since Samsung was able to achieve it before? The answer would be much appreciated.
However, Samsung did more than merely extend support for updates beyond 2022; they also upgraded a large percentage of their phones to the most recent version of Android (Android 13), and they did it more quickly and with a greater number of devices than ever before. It was released in October for the Galaxy S22 series, and by the end of November/beginning of December, it had spread to the S21 and S20, as well as a number of Fold and Flip devices. Samsung flagships from the last three years should be running Android 13 and One UI 5 by now, yet it’s still not even 2022.
The year 2023 should offer more or less the same from Samsung, however the company has promised to speed up updates to Android 14 and the next iteration of its One UI. There are no signs of Samsung slowing down.
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