Samsung Commits to 3 Generations of Android Updates

Ruben Fields
September 20, 2020

When Samsung took the stage studio to introduce the Galaxy Note20 (and more), it also came forward with a promise: It said it would provide its flagships with OS updates for up to three generations.

In a nod to the fact that users are holding onto their smartphones for longer now, Samsung said it would provide three generations of Android updates to its recent Galaxy handsets.

Needless to say, if you stick with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineup, you can be sure that you'll always benefit from the latest changes in terms of updates too.

Samsung has released a list of devices that will get 3 major Android updates. Even a handful of its Galaxy A-series phones including the A71, A51, A90, and select upcoming A-series devices will make the cut. Samsung's Galaxy S20 series will be first to get the Android 11 treatment, a decision that's likely to rile some soon-to-be Galaxy Note 20 and Tab S7 owners.

"As people hold onto their devices for longer, we are working to bring secure protection and exciting new features to the devices already in their hands", said Yoon Jang-hyun, senior vice president at Samsung Mobile.

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According to Samsung, it plans to roll out an Android 11 upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series in 2020, though there is a lot of wiggle room in its announcement.

As mentioned earlier by the Samsung executive, the OEM is now planning to give the three OS update support only to the high-end devices in the Galaxy A series.

The commitment is welcome news for Samsung smartphone owners and means almost every product in its current portfolio will continue to get OS upgrades through Android 13.

Second only to Samsung and Google, OnePlus pledges to keep its hardware updated with two major iterations of Android, with security patches rolled out in the third year.

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