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Samsung promises to deliver up to four years of security updates to over 130 devices

Several Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphones will receive four years worth of software support
Several Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphones will receive four years worth of software support (image via Samsung)
Samsung has announced that (almost) every Galaxy-branded smartphone will receive at least four years worth of software support. The list includes several devices from the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy A, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Fold series of smartphones.

Samsung is all set to become the first-ever Android OEM that aims to deliver up to four years worth of security updates for select handsets. Most Samsung smartphones released after 2019 will be eligible for said upgrades. It appears to be a tad incomplete, and Samsung could update it at a later point. It is unclear if Android Go-powered phones will receive the same treatment. Refer to the attached image for the complete list of devices

Samsung's official blog says that over 130 devices will make the cut, and even listed some of them. Most of the Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy A smartphones appear to be on there, except for some ultra-low-cost options such as the Samsung Galaxy A02. As expected, just about every Samsung-branded foldable smartphone is on the list too. Like always, carrier-locked handsets will receive updates at the network provider's discretion.

However, Samsung has neglected to mention just how often its smartphones will receive said updates. Historically, older handsets get one security patch every three months. That is unlikely to change, even with modern-day flagship smartphones which enjoy monthly security updates only for a limited time. Last year, Samsung promised up to three major Android version upgrades for several devices. Qualcomm and Google have collaborated to do the same too, but only for the Snapdragon 888 and any SoC released after that.

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The list of Samsung smartphones that are eligible for four-year software support (image via Samsung)
The list of Samsung smartphones that are eligible for four-year software support (image via Samsung)

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2021-02-22 (Update: 2021-02-22)
Anil Satyanarayana
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2