Samsung Promises Security Updates on Select Galaxy Devices for at Least Four Years
Samsung announces that the Galaxy series will receive regular security updates for a minimum of 4years after their initial launch. The new change is applicable to over 40 Galaxy phones and tablets launched in 2019. However, earlier the devices updates for at least two years to most of its devices. In addition, Samsung provides security updates on a monthly and quarterly basis – depending on the device. This means that flagships and premium models get monthly updates. Whereas, mid-range, budget options, and earlier flagships receive updates on a quarterly basis.
The checklist of Samsung units that might be eligible for the four-year safety updates cycle includes 31 smartphones. In addition, together with the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, and the Galaxy A10e.
Below is the checklist of eligible Samsung units for 4 years of safety updates:
- Foldable: Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and 5G variant, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G.
- S series: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- A series: Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Samsung Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A02s, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A42 5G
- M series: Galaxy M10s, Samsung Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M12, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
- XCover series: Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy XCover DisciplinePro, Galaxy XCover Pro
- Galaxy Tab series: Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Galaxy Tab Active 3, Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019), Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab S5e, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+
When will it receive the updates?
It is extending security updates roll out on a monthly or quarterly basis. The existing criteria for the security updates rollout, however, varies — depending on which model you have. For example, recent launches like Samsung S-models will get monthly updates. Whereas, A-model or earlier S8 models will get quarterly updates.
It is important to point out that Samsung hasn’t made any promises. It instead mentions that the devices would receive “regular security updates for a minimum of four years”. Nevertheless, Samsung’s commitment to providing four years of security updates to its Galaxy devices looks promising. Ideally, other Android manufacturers normally provide security updates for two to three years.
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